Every year, hundreds of kittens come into our shelter. Underage kittens are at high-risk being brought into shelters due to the vulnerability of their health. We want to provide resources to care for neonatal kittens until they are at an age safe enough to survive in a shelter and become a potential adoption candidate to find their new loving home.
You can be the hero that ensures we have the capacity
to care for all the kittens in Clark County!
Frequently Asked Kitten Questions
I found a kitten! What do I do?
Before jumping to the rescue, please considering the following recommendations:
Quietly observe from a safe distance to determine if the mother is present.
If the kittens are clean and sleeping in a heap, mom is most likely out looking for something to eat and will be back to care for them.
If you sense the kittens are in immediate danger, move them to a safe area nearby where the mother can still find them.
Place them in a sheltered area, away from the direct sun, rain or traffic and continue to watch for the mother.
If you have observed the kittens for 12 to 24 hours and the mother has not returned, then pick them up, and care for them.
Be aware that sometimes, no matter what you do, some neonatal kittens do not survive and can fade very fast. You can only try to be the best surrogate guardian possible and hope for the best.
I am going to bring a litter of kittens to J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter.
What will happen?
J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter is the open-admission shelter for Clark County. Kittens less than eight weeks old are at extremely high risk being brought into shelters. Due to large amount of animals housed at the animal shelter, underage kittens are more susceptible to diseases that can spread quickly and affect these vulnerable animals heavily, and often fatally. Underage kittens would be in need of foster care with constant monitoring and feedings. We can never guarantee that a pet will be fostered or adopted from the shelter, although every effort is made.
I want to care for the kittens during this vulnerable age but can not keep them long term. What are my next steps?
First of all thank you so much for taking in and caring for kittens that you found. We want to do everything we can to set you up for success! Once they have reached 8 weeks or 2 pounds the shelter will be able to vaccinate, spay/neuter and place them up for adoption. Below are videos and guides to help you care for your young kittens.