Don’t Kit-Nap Kittens!

 Welcome Kitten Helpers! How can we help you? Please select an option:

 

 

 

 


Spay Neuter Assistance:  

The American Veterinary Medical Association advocates that all cats be fixed by no later than five months. The following organizations can provide free or low-cost spay/neuter for cats.

Jacksonville Humane Society

8464 Beach Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL 32216

(904) 725-8766

Low-cost spay/neuter

Appointments required

First Coast No More Homeless Pets

6817 Norwood Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32208

(904) 425-0005

Free and low-cost spay/neuter

Appointments required for owned pets

Appointments not required for feral cats

St. Francis Animal Hospital

2727 Atlantic Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL 32207

(904) 674-7223

Low-cost spay/neuter

Appointments required

Clay Humane

2230 Filmore Street,

Orange Park, FL 32065

(904) 276-7729

Free spay/neuter for cats

Appointments required

Feral cats are fixed on Wednesday, no appointment required

Wags & Whiskers Pet Rescue

Serving Duval, St. Johns and Putnam Counties

1967 Old Moultrie Road
St. Augustine, FL 32086

(904) 797-6039

Free spay/neuter certificates available

Low-cost spay/neuter available

Call for more information

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Outdoor Cats 

Whether you want to help outdoor cats or find them a nuisance, Trap-Neuter-Return is the solution. This involves using a humane trap to trap the cat, bring it to a clinic, have it spayed or neutered, and then return the cat to where they were trapped. The cat will receive an “ear tip” to indicate it has been fixed. If you see a cat with an ear tip, leave it where it is.

Having fixed cats in the area prevents the birth of unwanted kittens and will stop other unfixed cats from entering the area.

The following resources are available to assist with TNR in our area:

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My Cat Had Kittens

Oops, she did it again! Did you know that cats can get pregnant as early as four months and can have up to 3 litters with four or more kittens … every year? And cats will not hesitate to mate with their littermates and offspring. Please get your kitty fixed!

If your cat had kittens, this is your responsibility.  Please check with your vet about spay/neuter options or take advantage of the programs listed above. We are happy to provide guidance on finding them new homes. JHS has a partnership with rehome.adoptapet.com and you can list the kittens on our website for free to help them find new families.

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Found Kittens

When we find a litter of kittens, our good-hearted instincts tell us to jump in and help. Please don’t! Thankfully, human intervention is typically not required. In fact, the best thing you can do is leave the kittens alone. Mom will likely return shortly, and it’s critical that the kittens remain in her care as she offers the best chance for survival. If you are extremely certain that the kittens are orphaned, you can then step in and help by caring for the kittens until they’re old enough to find homes.

The chart below will help you determine what steps to take if you’ve found kittens.

 

 

 

Heroes keep kittens OUT of shelters. For help caring with your kitten, please use our resource library.

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Foster or Volunteer

Kittens who arrive at the shelter are too small to stay more than a few hours. They must go to foster homes, where willing volunteers provide at-home TLC to help them grow big and strong. Once they are 2 lbs, they can come back to the shelter to find homes. Shelters provide medical care and foster parents are responsible for ensuring the safety and development of these little lives.

Volunteers play a crucial role in the shelter setting to provide care to kittens. This includes weighing, bathing and feeding kittens along with supporting staff by cleaning, doing laundry, answering phone calls and more.

Both the Jacksonville Humane Society and Animal Care and Protective Services need your help.

Learn how to help at JHS

Learn how to help at ACPS

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Donate

In 2018, JHS took in 4,165 kittens. The average cost of care for each kitten is $150. Are you willing to help with a gift?

Donate Funds

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Messaging

Everyone can help by sharing the message of what to do when kittens are found. Here is a sample of messages you can post on social media:

When we find a litter of kittens, our good-hearted instincts tell us to rush to the aid of these fragile felines. Thankfully, human interventions are typically not required. The best thing you can do is leave them alone and wait for mom to return! If you have already moved them, please go look for mom. If she doesn’t return in 8 hours, here’s how you can help: jaxhumane.org/kittenhero

Share our flowchart:

You can also print our Don’t Kit-Nap Kittens flyer and post it in your favorite neighborhood hot spots.

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Kitten Hero Support

Use this library of resources to help provide loving care for kittens in your home. Spay and neuter resources may be available (while supplies last) for kittens when they reach the 8-week mark for kittens kept out of shelters. Please contact us via email: PetSafetyNet@jaxhumane.org.

Resources for At-Home Kitten Heroes

 

Fostering Saves Lives!

Dames Point the kitten with his foster mom, Meghan.


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