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Animal Services says to leave cats and kittens alone | News

PASCOCOUNTY — With kitten season approaching, Pasco County Animal Services said the best way to help stray or abandoned cats and kittens is to “leave them alone.”

“We appreciate the compassion of well-meaning residents who want to help the kittens by taking them to a shelter; however, mum is usually nearby and will return soon to care for her babies,” said PCAS Director Mike Shumate. “Keeping these families together is the best way for everyone to stay healthy and happy.”

Here’s how you can help, the agency says:

  • “Leave them alone” until mom comes back
  • Become a foster parent for a kitten until it is 8 weeks old and can enter the shelter
  • Learn from kitten feeding guides
  • Receive practical instructions and starter kits for kitten care

At eight weeks, kittens can be taken to the TNVR (Trap Neuter Vaccinate Return) program, which is a humane and effective way to control the stray and feral cat population. In 2021, more than 1,090 stray and feral cats were rescued through PCAS’ trap-neuter-vaccinate-return program, nearly 380 more than the previous year.

PCAS also offers SNIP (Spay & Neuter in Pasco), an income-based, low-cost program for pets.

To learn more about the Leave Them Be program, visit: bit.ly/LeaveThemBe.