You found a kitten. Now what?
If you find a litter of tiny kittens outdoors, it’s natural to want to scoop them up and try to care for them yourself or take them to a shelter. But both of those options might actually place them in more danger. Young kittens are at high risk of dying or being killed in shelters because they require around-the-clock care.
Most shelters don’t have the time, space and people power to attend to the critical needs of young kittens. The best thing to do for healthy kittens is to leave them with their mother, who is often nearby planning to return and care for her babies.
The NKLA kitten rescuer program
No mom to be found? You can be the rescuer, and we’ll show you how!
Found a kitten who is visibly sick or injured?
Seek veterinary attention immediately from a local veterinarian or the nearest animal shelter.
Caring for kittens
If you’ve found kittens and are sure the mother isn’t returning, here’s what you’ll need to know about providing lifesaving love and care for them.
Get help feeding kittens
Whether it’s your first time fostering or you’re a pro, Best Friends has resources to ensure that your kitten fostering journey goes as smoothly as possible.
Questions about veterinary care?
Los Angeles spay/neuter services
Spaying and neutering are key in ending the killing of homeless pets in shelters.
Help kittens find permanent loving homes
Learn the best ways to get the word out about adoptable kittens.
These seven tips from a social media pro can help you get maximum visibility for your whiskered wee ones. Plus, reading the guide to helping foster pets find homes can give you even more ideas for getting the word out about the kittens in your care.
Still need help?
If you have a question or need some guidance, text us at 323-861-3364 (no phone calls, please).
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