Save Community Kittens: The Itty Bitty Kitty “Paw”ject

May 8, 2020, Pomona, CA – The Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. (IVHS) is launching its newest project to help kittens in need: The Itty Bitty Kitty “Paw”ject. Implemented as part of the IVHS Shelter Kitten Diversion Program, this project aims to help the community learn how to avoid flooding the shelter with kittens, avoid “kit-napping” (unnecessarily separating kittens from their mother), and why fostering orphaned kittens is encouraged. Following the arrival of the annual kitten season—early spring through fall when thousands of kittens are born and subsequently flood animal shelters across the country—this program is being introduced to offer an educational resource to the community on kittens and to continue in the IVHS mission of caring for all animals in need. To learn more about our program and proper kitten care, visit here. .

The Itty Bitty Kitty “Paw”ject – What to do if you find a kitten litter:

  • If you find a litter of kittens and do not see mother cat, do not touch or move them. Mother cat could be nearby searching for food or may be too scared to return if she sees you.
  • From a distance, observe the kittens to see if mom returns and assess them for signs that they may need your help from afar. (Ex. If the kitten looks clean and has a round belly, mother cat is most likely still caring for them. If the kittens are thin and dirty, they may need your help.)
  • Monitor them for 10-12 hours from a distance. Kittens are often separated from their mother unnecessarily and those that are younger than 5 weeks of age require their mother’s milk and care to survive. No one can care for a kitten better than their mother.
  • If you are certain there is no mother, consider fostering them and learning more about being a kitten foster on our website: org/kitten-program. IVHS will provide you with all of the supplies needed to be a successful kitten foster parent.

The Inland Valley Humane Society and S.P.C.A. is a private, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to providing protection, shelter and medical care to abandoned and injured animals of our community. For more information, contact IVHS at or by phone at 909-623-9777.

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