The Brandywine Valley SPCA (whence we adopted our amazing miracle rescue cat Clarence) has received a $50,000 grant to develop its "Mama-in-a-Box." According to the BVSPCA's fall newsletter, this invention is designed to help care for the large number of kittens that arrive at shelters in spring and summer. It "provides a replica momma cat that can support up to eight kittens with a built-in heating mat and temperature-controlled bottles in a natural position. This setup allows caregivers to focus on bathing and stimulating and, in turn, to have more lifesaving capacity."
The BVSPCA team received the grant, one of two awarded nationally, after presenting the idea at the Petco Foundation's Innovation Showdown program in May.