1533814_10202004175399569_687921167_nCasandra Mensing is a true southern darling, doe eyed and freckle faced, with an unstoppable gusto for saving baby kittens.

She made the move from South Carolina to Austin, Texas in 2009 after receiving a degree in Psychology from Clemson University. She was introduced to the fledgling Austin Pets Alive! Bottle Baby Program and quickly became a fixture, working long and late hours to act as momma to a trailer full of unweaned homeless kittens, as young as a couple days old.

As APA! celebrated a higher and higher save rate across the board, Casandra’s program evolved to save more and more as well. During the 2013 kitten season, Casandra and her team celebrated a nationally unprecedented NINETY PERCENT SAVE RATE.┬áCasandra is currently Neonatal Program Manager.

Casandra attributes this program’s success not only to a devoted team made up of a few paid feeders and a lot of dedicated volunteers to an all in/all out method in her neonatal ward’s three rooms. This method means not filling empty cages until the whole room is emptied and hard scrubbed. This way if any diseases present, they will not spread beyond the room they are in and have no effect on the other rooms in the ward. She noted that it put a lot of pressure on the foster coordinators, but they hustled and made it happen, time after time, until they saved over 1,600 orphans (in 2013 ALONE!).

Casandra will be presenting at the 2014 American Pets Alive No-Kill Conference on how to set up a bottle baby ward and start saving kittens ASAP, as well as recommend approaches she took based on common challenges presented by saving unweaned kittens by the dozens.

Help your community save unweaned kittens today, join us at AmPA 2014! Register now at www.americanpetsalive2014.eventbrite.com

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