Please make every effort to locate “Mom.” Because nursing moms may try to feed more than usual, litters are often found seemingly abandoned, when in fact, their parent is gathering food. Because ACS often sees this with kittens, this educational video was made. It's about kittens but the info applies for pups too. Before bringing these litters of puppies or kittens into the shelter, observe the found litter untouched for a period of several hours to see if “Mom” returns.
Mom & Kitten Litters
In order to maintain adequate levels of humane housing, ACS will not intake healthy, nursing Moms with kittens that are under 2 pounds. The varying stress factors associated with a shelter environment is not conducive for maintaining the health and temperament of mom and babies. ACS may be able to provide assistance with food and medical, if you are able to care for and properly contain the family until the kittens are ready for adoption (approximately 2 pounds).
Any healthy, presumed orphaned kitten under 2 pounds will only be taken in by ACS on a case-by-case basis. If kittens are warm, have full bellies, are alert, and healthy we will assume that the mom is nearby and is taking care of them. The citizen will be asked to return the kittens to where they were found and place some food with them and monitor to allow Mom the chance to return safely. If the food is eaten, most likely, Mom is nearby. If the mom does not care for the kittens in 18 hours, the citizen may bring the kittens in.
Any healthy, unsterilized cat that was found living primarily outdoors will be sterilized, ear-notched, and may be returned to the community. This determination is made by ACS and not the citizen bringing in the cat. If you have a found and are able to contain a known and unsocial adult cat, please visit the Trap-Neuter-Return page for more information about the ACS Community Cat Program and other available options.
NOTE: Abandoned pets under 4 months of age and owner surrendered pets have no guaranteed hold time and as such, they may be dispositioned immediately upon intake.