Found a Kitten/Puppy?
What do I do if I find kitten(s)/puppy(ies)?
- The first step is to determine if their mother has gone off to feed and is coming back or they’ve been separated/abandoned from mama. Do NOT pick them up or touch them immediately – if mama comes back and they smell unfamiliar, mama may reject them completely.
- Monitor them for at least 2-3 hours to see if mama comes back. If the babies are filthy, have lots of gunk in their eyes, are covered by ants, one of them is already dead, etc., that’s usually a pretty clear indication that mama is not coming back. But if they look clean and well cared for, mama is probably near by and just went off to get some food. Please leave food out for mama right nearby them if you can, so mama doesn’t have to go far again.
- If it’s been a few hours and still no sign of mama, grab a cardboard box, line it with a towel, and secure the babies.
- Take them to the vet immediately, especially if they are tiny, with unopen eyes and unable to walk by themselves. At that age, they need to be fed every 2 hours and are vulnerable to hypothermia, so need to be kept warm (NO air-conditioning!). The vet will help you assess their situation but if separated from mama that early, their chances of surviving without immediate intervention decreases sharply every hour. So act fast. Most vets will accept free consultation for emergency rescue cases like this.
- If they are toddling around with open eyes, still take them to a vet. They will need de-fleaing and de-worming (to remove the parasites in their bellies which can lead to diarrhea, which can be deadly at that age), possibly eye drops (gunky eyes are a common symptom of an abandoned baby and while it clears up with just a few days of eye drops, without them, it will quickly lead to serious eye infections that often result in the baby losing that eye completely).
- If you can, please consider fostering them yourself. Most shelters do NOT accept babies below 8 weeks of age because the shelter environment can be harmful to a tiny baby with weak immune systems but also most shelters do not have the resources to bottle feed the babies every 2 hours.
- We also rarely accept bottle feeding litters, unless we have a nursing mama in the network who may be able to feed them. With that said, we are always happy to provide you with as much information as we can give you on how to do it yourself and also offer you assistance with adopting out the babies to loving homes when they are old enough (8 weeks minimum).
What do I do if I see an injured cat/dog?
- Can the animal walk? If so, get her some food so that you can gain her trust enough to transport her to a carrier/cage. If not, please approach the animal to see if she would let you pick her up to transport her to a carrier/cage. If the animal is aggressive, do NOT approach. A scared animal in pain will lash out and potentially bite you. Please call your local shelter to see if they can help you trap the aggressive animal in pain.
- If you are able to get the animal in a carrier/cage, please take her to the vet ASAP. Most shelter clinics are set up for spay/neuter only, NOT treating serious injuries. They may very well not be able to help the animal so it’s better for you to take her to a clinic to get her checked out for the extent of injuries and decide on a treatment course from there, if applicable.
- We are always available to help you provide all the information for caring for her if you are willing to foster. Once she’s better, we can help you place her for adoption with a loving family.
It’s important to note – when you rescue an animal, your “good deed” is not done by merely bring her to a shelter. Shelters are often unable to accept new animals because they are often full. Have a back-up plan. The best case is for you to foster yourself and we can equip you with the tools to care for them and adopt them out successfully to responsible homes.