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What to do if you find kittens:

First let us say thank you for helping the kittens that have crossed your path! Sometimes we must realize that things happen in our lives for a reason and that sometimes we are called to help.  Please keep in mind that these kittens crossed YOUR path, and it is up to you to do the very best you can to ensure the best life possible for them.  This world needs more people like you and we all must do our part in helping these creatures that have no voice. Part of Street Cat Rescue’s mission is to get more of the public aware and involved.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TAKE KITTENS AWAY FROM MOM UNLESS THEY ARE AT LEAST 4-5 WEEKS OLD.

No one can give the kittens more than than the mom and they get their natural antibodies to fight disease from the mom's milk. DO NOT attempt to bottle feed when the mom is there to take care of them. Many kittens can die from people trying to intervene too soon. The best thing to do is to set up a feeding station where trapping can take place (patio, deck, etc). Have mom come to feed and when the kittens are 4-5 weeks old she will bring the kittens to eat as well. THIS is when you can trap both the mom and kittens. For more advice please contact us.

One important thing you must always do is educate everyone you know on spaying/neutering their pets! Together we can all make a difference!

Currently, we are at capacity and cannot accept any cats/kittens at this time.  There are only a handful of no-kill rescue groups/shelters in this area, and it is impossible for them to accommodate all cats and kittens that need to be rescued.

Whether you want to provide temporary care or long-term care, please read the following Kitten Care Handbook, written by a Veterinarian in California:
http://www.kittenrescue.org/pages.php?pageid=15

Another good source of info is http://www.hdw-inc.com/glop.htm

If you decide that you do not want to care for kittens long-term, here are some options for you:

Look below for a list of rescue groups/shelters to contact. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts when doing this:

  1. Do not take to a “kill” shelter.  Most kill shelters will euthanize due to lack of space, if they display the slightest un-socialized behavior, if they are ill, or if they are not yet weaned.

  2. Do ask the  “no-kill” shelter what their adoption policies are, whether they will be in foster – homes or cages, shelter and where, and how they operate their adoptions (left in the pet stores all day, overnight, taken just for a few hours-then back to the foster home, etc.). Then you can decide what your wishes are for the cat/kitten you have found/want to help.

  3. Keep in mind that many groups, especially during kitten season, are at full capacity.  Please be patient and understanding of this. There are only a handful of no-kill rescue groups/shelters, and it is impossible for them to accommodate all cats/kittens.

 No Kill Shelters/Rescue Groups:

Georgetown Animal Outreach
Austin Humane Society
Central Texas SPCA
Shadow Cats
Cat's Angels
Williamson County Humane Society

If you would like to find a home for the cat on your own – Here are some tips and some Do’s and Don’ts:

  1. Contact some of the rescue groups and ask if you can sit in on adoption days to help you adopt out your cats. You will generally have to have the same guidelines as the group, but this will vary by group

  2. Make a flyer with a picture of the cat and its "story." If a sad story, then tell it in a manner to get people to empathize. Post this at local stores vets' offices and your job. Ask all relatives and co-workers you know, as that way you can keep tabs on how they are doing. Also, if a special circumstance, you may send the flyer to Street Cat Rescue to be circulated amongst several rescue groups. Send to streetcatrescue@earthlink.net

  3. Make sure you adopt out for a minimum adoption fee of $35.00, NEVER “Free to a good home”.  There are many cruel people in this world that love to take free kittens to feed to their snakes, sell to labs for experiments, use in dog fights, and abuse themselves.  HOWEVER, you should only adopt out if spayed or neutered, therefore may want to ask for more to cover your expenses

  4. We have an overpopulation crisis in our country and it’s up to you to make sure you do not contribute to this.   DO not rely on the adopter to spay/neuter.  Most of the time, they will wait too late or will not do it at all. Refer back to Animal Trustees of Austin or Emancipet mentioned above for low cost spay/neuter

  5. Post on Petfinder.com or run an ad in the statesman online that will allow four pictures as well

  6. Keep records of all that you do and it is advisable to have the kitten combo tested for leukemia and FIV as many will want to know that they are negative

  7. Borrow an application form from a rescue group and make sure you ask all the questions you need to, to ensure the kind of home for them they deserve

Whatever you do, do NOT be desperate enough to jeopardize its safety by not being selective in where it goes.  Otherwise your efforts in rescuing this cat will have been futile and could possibly bring more harm to it.

GOOD LUCK and always feel free to share your adoption stories with Street Cat Rescue! We would love to hear if our information was helpful to you in finding a great home for your rescued cat.

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