The dilemma: you just found a mother cat and her kittens and you can’t keep them. As much as you’d like to, for one reason or another, it’s out of the question.
You bring the little family inside because they’re in an unsafe place. Many nursing mother cats are hit and killed by cars or attacked by wild animals. Young kittens are fragile, regardless.
You’ve seen pleas for help on social media. The problem is this year has been a nightmare of a kitten season. Rescues are full, fosters are full and humane societies have a waiting list a mile long. Your local shelter is a kill shelter and advertising on Craigslist can prove deadly (see Michaels article here). No one can help (and it’s not because they don’t want to).
What can be done at this point? Cat advocates: HELP! There are many out there in this situation and need your input!
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Note: Photos of mother cat and kittens were taken in the mid-1980’s and have been used in multiple articles.