During the year, dozens of kittens are brought to our shelters. Many of them are not old enough for adoption and need the help of a human to grow. To increase our ability to care for these tiny felines, we created Grow-a-Kitten Kits to give those who find kittens in the community the ability to care for them temporarily and help them thrive. These Grow-a-Kitten Kits include food, litter, bottles, blankets, and other supplies. They also include a voucher for the kitten’s first round of vaccines and a spay and neuter surgery once the kitten is old enough.
We also work with our community cat caretakers to TNR, or trap-neuter-return, cats in their neighborhoods. This program supports those cats who live outdoors and in our neighborhoods by keeping them healthy and reducing their population growth.
When spring comes, so do the kittens! It is very common to hear tiny meows of kittens outside. You might want to scoop them up and take them home but, in most cases, this is not best for the kittens. Don’t kit-nap! It is important to remember that not every outdoor kitten needs saving.
What should you do if you find a litter of tiny kittens? This depends on a few factors, including how and where you found them, whether the mother cat is around, and how old they are. It’s vital to understand that young kittens have a better chance at survival when they remain with their mothers. Mother cats don’t always stay with their kittens around-the-clock, so we recommend monitoring the kittens for a couple of days from a safe distance to see if mom comes back.
You found kittens. Now what?
Don’t kit-nap! Click here to view our helpful guide on what you should do when you find kittens.
The Atlanta Humane Society is here to guide you through kitten season. We’ve created Grow-a-Kitten Kits that are filled with the essentials you will need to raise and care for kittens until they are old enough to find their forever homes.
Ways to Help During Kitten Season
We’ve compiled a list of crucial supplies that we need to care for vulnerable kittens. You may purchase these items directly from our Amazon Wishlist.
Found a cat outdoors?
Community cats are unowned, free-roaming cats that may or may not be friendly towards people. While a community cat might look the same as a lost, stray pet cat, community cats survive by avoiding close human interaction.
Unowned feral and community cats are eligible for a free spay/neuter surgery through the Atlanta Humane Society’s TNR (trap-neuter-return) program. Click here for more information on community cats and our TNR program.
Are you a community cat caregiver?
If you need assistance or other resources to care for your colony, please contact our Resource Center for more information at 404-875-5331.