What to do about homeless cat and her babies?
I work at a mall in security. I'm always out side patrolling and I run across strays all the time. One I've seen is w/ kittens and her little hide out is very close to a street. I'm fear full for her and her babies and don't quite know what to do. I wouldn't mind takeing them in for a bit and find them homes but the mother cat dose not trust me and I don't know if any of them are ill and could make my cats sick. Any good ideas? I don't want to call animal control for fear they may be a "kill shelter". Help....
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Type petfinder.com in your browser. Run a search for cats in your area by zip code. You will get listings for your local shelters, but also some for rescues that operate in the area. Click on their organization listings and read their descriptions. They will probably advertise straight out what their policy is about the cats they take in.
Most non-for-profit private rescues do not euthanize cats unless they get terminally ill under their care, I can tell you that. Your best bet is to contact any and all private rescues you find, and explain the situation to them in as much detail as you gave here. If people you contact can't help you, they usually give you other contacts to try.
Another option is to call your vet and tell them about the situation. Some vets (not all, but some) will discount medical care when it comes to good samaritans, or suggest resources for you. A vet check can help determine if you can house them safely in proximity to your cats.
Gracie answered on 5/20/09. Helpful? / 2
Honestly calling the animal shelter is the best thing to do for these cats. Leaving these cats on the street can only lead to death by sickness or injury and having these kittens reproduce (which they will) only adds to the problem of feral cats. Leaving stray cats to fend for themselves, is possibly a death sentence in itself.
Shelters can only do the best they can, there simply isn't enough room for all the unwanted animals. Blame irresponisble pet owners, not the shelters.
Rehoming kittens is easy, but they need to be socailized young to make the transition easier for all. Even Mom has a chance for a better life, she would be spayed and live in a home with people who love and care for her.
Minuit AKA Miss Meany answered on 5/21/09. Helpful? / 2
in my area, there are quite a few cat rescue places that people just run basically out of their home. you can try calling local veterinarians to see if they would have information on such cat rescue organizations.
i also agree with what another poster has said -- even if you did call animal control and they went to a "kill" shelter, the kittens at least would be very easy to place in a home. it's better than having them running around on the street, dodging cars and getting sick.
Belle answered on 5/21/09. Helpful? / 0
I agree with Miss Meany. You can try to find a no-kill rescue organization that could help foster them. They shouldn't have a problem socializing the kittens. Depending on how feral the mother is, they may be able to find her a home or maybe a farm where she could live in a feral colony. Because it is kitten season, most no-kill rescues are full to capacity. Unfortunately, they can only save as many animals as they have foster homes for. If you are willing to foster the kittens, I am sure they wouldn't have a problem helping you out.
Lucky answered on 5/23/09. Helpful? / 0
I hope that you will do TNR for this kittie family...I don't know what state you are in but, here in Dallas we have two groups that help with the feral kittie community...www.kittico.org and www.feralfriends.org and if you would go to www.alleycatallies.org they can explain how to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)...If you can feed and water on a nightly basis this is the best humane thing to do...I feed 5-kittie colonies and have friends who have colonies of their own too...I hope you do trap the kitties because the kittens can have kittens at six months of age...here in Dallas a female kittie can have up to four litters a year...Wishing you the best in all that you do...Thanks, Sheba in Dallas, Texas...
Sheba answered on 7/12/09. Helpful? / 0