If you are considering surrendering kittens or a mother with kittens less than 8 weeks of age, please read the information below before bringing them to Animal Humane Society.
Animal Humane Society receives thousands of kittens each year, over half of which are from owners surrendering unwanted litters of kittens. Starting in May, we start seeing over 1,000 kittens per month brought to our five sites. This is what we’ve come to call “Kitten Season” and it historically does not stop until late October.
One of the challenges we face with the high volume of kitten surrenders is kittens not old enough to adopt. Kittens less than 8 weeks typically are too young or do not weigh enough to have spay/neuter surgery and move to the adoption center. Because of this, they have to go to foster care for a week or two. Volunteer foster homes are in short supply during “kitten season” and the time in foster puts these animals in our care for a longer time. Finding volunteer foster care for moms with kittens is even more challenging.
The sad reality is we have more kittens coming into our shelters then we have resources to care for all of them. When foster homes aren’t available and kittens stay in the shelter, we become over crowded. Over crowding leads to more stress and more disease for what were once healthy young kittens. Illness and lack of space lead to difficult decisions about which kittens can be saved.
To minimize time in shelter and number of young kittens needing foster care, we ask that people considering surrendering a litter of kittens, please consider keeping the kittens in your home until they are at least 8 weeks of age.
Did you find a stray kitten or litter of kittens? If you have found a litter of kittens or a mother with kittens you can still help us by keeping them in your home. Information about caring for kittens and moms with kittens is below and you can use our online lost and found service to report found animals.
How do I care for young kittens or moms with litters? For information on caring for young kittens and mothers with litters click here.
Our goal to keep young kittens in the home until 8 weeks of age will allow us to provide the best possible opportunity for these animals. We hope you will partner with us to make that happen.
*Medical Note: Animal Humane Society veterinarians and staff cannot legally treat or recommend treatment on animals that are owned and have not been surrendered to our organization. If you are having a medical problem with kittens, please contact your veterinarian immediately. If you are unable to provide treatment, you may surrender the kittens to AHS at any time. Please understand we have limited resources and cannot guarantee treatment or adoption for any animal surrendered to us. In addition, please note that once surrendered, normal surrender policies apply.