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Don’t Kit-nap Kittens!

If you find stray kittens, please leave them be.

When we find a litter of kittens, our good-hearted instincts tell us to rush to the aid of these fragile felines. Thankfully, human intervention is typically not required. In fact, the best thing we can do is leave the kittens alone. Mom will likely return shortly, and it’s critical that the kittens remain in her care as she offers the best chance for survival (don’t forget to get mom and kittens spayed/neutered once they’re eight weeks old).


If you find kittens and are extremely certain that they are orphaned, you can then step in and help by caring for the kittens until they’re old enough to find homes. The chart below will help you determine what steps to take if you’ve found kittens.

Thinking about bringing kittens to the shelter?

During kitten season, Valley shelters are overrun with kittens and don’t have adequate resources to care for them. Please care for them in your home until they’re 8 weeks old. The Arizona Humane Society has launched a new care-in-place program designed to make it convenient for good Samaritans to care for newborn kittens in their home. AHS will provide all the necessary tools, including starter care kits, resources for vaccinations and spay/neuter surgery, and tips on bottle feeding to ensure these little felines get off to a healthy start, and help you find them forever homes when they’re ready. Learn more.

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