Kitten Rescue

kittens at 5 weeks old

The story of these three adorable kittens begins in an established colony on Cherry Street, down the street from where they were born. Robin, a long-time feeder and ACR volunteer, heard about the feral colony, located around the corner from the colony she has been feeding for years from a friend working in the area, and decided to check it out.

The kittens were born into a feral colony located in a transportation yard, where an employee had fed them for almost six years. As Robin and the gentlemen chatted about the colony, Robin could see a number of litters of kittens in the colony. This was not surprising because the colony was mainly females, none of whom were spayed. Robin began working with the gentlemen and the colony, and had managed already to trap a number of 10-week-old kittens and about four of the remaining older females over the last few weeks. Most of the older females are simply Trap-Neuter/Spay-Return (TNR) situations, as they are too advanced in age to become accustomed to living with humans. However, the trapped kittens can be socialized and adopted.

One of the females in the colony was expecting a litter of kittens, and when she turned up for feeding one day, not pregnant any more, Robin knew in a few weeks she could attempt to trap the kittens. A few weeks ago, Robin went down to see if she could find the new kittens. The gentleman who has been feeding the colony was away that week, and as Robin began looking around, she found the three kittens — two orange and one grey — that were maybe about four or five weeks old. She was not expecting to be doing any trapping so she had no equipment with her, but she quickly approached some employees in the area for a cardboard box and tape. At that age, Robin was still able to simple grab the kittens; any older and she would have had to use traditional trapping methods. As she went to grab one kitten, the others scattered immediately, but with some help she found the other two hiding behind a tarp nearby and was able to trap them.

The kittens went to a foster home, which is where they remain today. Because of their age, they have still not been properly socialized by their mother and their foster home had to show them how to eat, by opening up their mouth and placing food inside. However, kittens at that age learn fast and they were quickly socialized and are doing wonderfully.

The next step for this colony, Robin says, is to trap and neuter their mother as well as the remaining females in the colony. Because of the advanced age of most of the other cats, socialization with humans seems unlikely for any of them.

— Kathy Ribeiro

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