As the weather warms, we see with the familiar signs and sounds of spring: flowers blooming, birds chirping and kittens meowing! Shelters everywhere are familiar with “kitten season.” During this time of year, unaltered, stray cats look for places to nest and give birth to new litters.
If you stumble upon cute and fuzzy newborn kittens, your instinct is probably to swoop in and save them. However, human intervention isn’t always best for the kittens who rely on their nesting place and mother to survive.
Taking kittens to an animal shelter should be a last resort. The best way to help most kittens is to leave them with their mother, and then when they are more than 8 weeks old, contact your local shelter for spay/neuter resources.
Use our helpful guide to plan what to do if you find kittens!