The Georgetown Animal Shelter is asking the community to follow “Don’t KitNap” protocol as kitten season begins in the area.
“Kitten season has begun which means we will see more and more babies brought to the shelter over the next few months,” the organization wrote on Facebook. “Please help the shelter by practicing the ‘Don’t KitNap’ protocol for kittens in our community!”
According to the shelter, by following four simple steps, community members can help the shelter better serve stray cats and kittens:
- Be sure to seek out the mother cat before intervening. You can put a ring of flour around the kittens, and if you don’t see any footprints after 5-8 hours, you can intervene. Your presence may dissuade mom from returning to her nest. If the kittens are sleeping, cleaning themselves, and have full bellies, the mother is probably present.
- If mother and babies appear ill or injured, please contact Animal Control at 512-930-3510 x 6 for assistance. If mom is friendly, call and make an appointment to bring the whole group to us for medical treatment.
- No mother? Now you can check it safely. If you are sure they are orphans, we ask that you consider fostering them into your home or finding someone who can. The shelter is not an ideal environment for baby kittens and they tend to live best in the comfort of your home. It’s easier for kittens to get sick in a shelter because they’re still developing their immune systems. You can contact the shelter for advice and tips if you don’t know how to raise kittens.
- If you find mom, consider TNR (Trap-neuter-release) programs to avoid overcrowding.
“The shelter is often overcrowded during kitten season with litters the public finds wandering the streets, or abandoned by families with intact pups who give birth and have no room for babies,” according to the site. Refuge website. “While the shelter is happy to take in these animals in need, it’s important to keep mom with babies and that the shelter has reliable adoptive parents on standby.”
For more information, visit the shelter’s website.
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