In response to Shelter in Place orders, animal shelters throughout the country worked to adapt to a new way of helping animals without congregating. With kitten season (our busiest time of year) upon us, we were more than a little worried about managing the approximately 2,000 kittens we receive each year that are too young for adoption and require foster care. We were confident that our community would step forward to care for them, but finding them enough homes when they return to our care has always been a struggle. With the limitation on people allowed to visit the shelter, how would we possibly find homes for these kitties?
This is where YOU come in! We have always known that being with mom is the best thing for kittens and for the last couple of years, we have been asking that if you find a kitten, you leave ‘em sittin’. Inevitably though, well-intentioned finders would scoop litters up and bring them to us, assuming they have been abandoned and that they were best served at the shelter. This time around we really need your help in keeping them in place, where they are more likely to thrive. If the mother cat is not present, monitor for a few hours before taking action. If the kittens have round, full bellies it is unlikely that they have been abandoned and should be left with mom.
Once the kittens reach 6 weeks old is the ideal time to round them (and mom) up to get them spayed and neutered. This is where we can help! You can contact us to borrow a cat trap and to get the family fixed, microchipped so that they can be rehomed or re-released (depending on if they are friendly and sociable). Adult cats, friendly or not, should be spayed or neutered and left in place as it is more likely than not that they have homes or caretakers in the area.