Found Kittens and how YOU can Help Them!

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Found Kittens and how YOU can Help Them!

Los Angeles, March 23, 2020Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LA Animal Services is unable to take underage kittens who currently need to be bottle fed, stray cats, or community/feral cats.

What to Do When You See Baby Kittens in Your Backyard

One of the biggest mistakes people make when finding stray kittens in their backyard is moving them away from where mom left them. 

Here are some simple tips:

  • If you see tiny kittens in your yard, DO NOT TOUCH until you have observed them!

  • If the kittens are clean, plump, and sleeping quietly, there is a good chance that they have an attentive mom. If they are dirty, crying continuously, and have a soiled nest, they may be orphans and need your help.

  • If mom does not return within a few hours, then you can handle and start caring for the kittens.


Caring for Baby Kittens in Your Home

If you are able to care for these kittens in your home, LA Animal Services has an online manual to help you get started.

View the manual by clicking here.

Our kitten foster manual goes over all of the basics, as well as how to prep your home for kittens, and what to look out for to keep them healthy. 

Our Animal Services Centers are currently waiting for bottles, kitten formula, and kitten food that we will make available to you if you need help to feed and care for these animals in your home.

Now that YOU have been a “Kitten LifeSaver”, when the kittens are around 8-weeks-old (or 2 pounds), please contact LA Animal Services to get vouchers to get these little ones spay or neutered for FREE. Do this first before you find homes for them so they will not be left to produce more kittens who may be orphaned or abandoned without a “Kitten LifeSaver” like you to help them.

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We are grateful for the ongoing support we continue to receive from our animal-loving community.


Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the United States with six services centers serving approximately 60,000 animals annually and responding to 20,000 emergency calls involving an animal or person in danger. LA Animal Services promotes and protects the health, safety, and welfare of animals and people. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


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