About Bottle Baby Fosters Rescue

Bottle Baby Fosters is a 501c3 nonprofit, neonatal kitten rescue in Phoenix, AZ.  Intakes are focused on orphaned, neonatal kittens that need bottle feeding in order to survive.  This population requires intensive care that is not widely available and that is what makes this work so important and life changing.


"Kitten Season", typically between March and October, is when Bottle Baby Fosters sees an extreme influx in orphaned kittens.  During the off season, Bottle Baby Fosters aims to engage in TNR (trap-neuter-return) services, fundraising efforts, and aims to provide education to the public on the critical nature of the neonatal kitten through bottle feeding and other instructional workshops! 


All of the bottle baby kittens that are rescued will eventually be available for adoption.  The kittens are adopted up to date on appropriate vaccines, microchipped, spayed/neutered, and blood tested for viral diseases.  The fosters receive only the highest level of quality care and they are adopted into forever homes that can provide the same, if not better, quality environment.


Bottle Baby Fosters and their kittens thrive off of community support and donations.  The organization is a 501c3 nonprofit and your donations are tax deductible. 

About the founders

Melinda Blain

Melinda began fostering bottle baby kittens in the summer of 2014.  After becoming educated on the hardships that orphaned kittens face in the traditional shelter system, it became her mission to save the little guys that need additional care.


Melinda originally started fostering through local rescues, but desired to start a rescue dedicated to orphaned kittens so that the more high risk neonates would get the individualized care and support necessary for them to survive. 


 Fostering is something that is so close to her heart and something that she intends on doing for the rest of her life.  She loves watching the amazing transformations of the teeniest guys who fight so hard in the beginning.  For this reason, she typically focuses on kittens that are under one week old when she first meets them.


She is a lifelong animal lover and vegan who lives with her two cats in Phoenix, Arizona.  She currently attends college and often has some foster kittens who desire higher education with her in class.

Shelbi Uyehara

Shelbi, 16, and her first rescue cat- Big Al

Every time Shelbi would go into a pet store with an adoption center, she would walk out in tears for the cats and kittens stuck behind glass in a tiny cage. And so in May of 2016, Shelbi and her husband Brandon, began their fostering journey. 


Shelbi and Brandon decided to focus specifically on bottle babies when they learned about the high need for quality bottle feeders and the high euthanasia rates for neonatal kittens.  They were both college students at the time and had the flexible schedule needed to care for neonates. Founding a bottle feeding rescue became extremely important to them as they observed how a specialized rescue that focused specifically on neonatal kitten care could strongly benefit orphaned kittens in the Phoenix community.


Shelbi graduated with her Master's Degree of Social Work in December of 2018 from Arizona State University.  She has her Bachelor's Degree in Health and Human Services from California State University, Monterey Bay.  Shelbi and Brandon live at home with their 5 cats in Mesa, Arizona, but hope to return to their home state of California within the next few years.  


While Shelbi and Brandon absolutely love bottle feeding, they hope to one day have a huge house with an endless amount of rooms so that geriatric cats, who are always overlooked in shelters, can live out their remaining days basking in the sun.