Well, here we go again. Kitten season. There are many pregnant cats coming into Animal control, and having their kittens in the maternity ward there. Animal Control has foster parents that some of these litters home with. Some of the rescue groups take others. Most of the kittens go back to Animal Control when they are 8 weeks old to get adopted out.
I pulled one litter of kittens last saturday that had been born from a stray at the shelter not long after she was brought in. There is a 4 day hold on strays, so the little family had to live in the maternity ward until I was able to pick them up.
Soon, all the foster homes will be filled up and they will be forced to euthanize (kill) the kittens when they are born. This is very traumatic on the Mom cats, just think of how people feel when they lose a newborn, the same thing happens to cats. That mothering instinct seems to snap into place at birth, and if you lose the babies, depression can set in, and usually does. I rescued a mom last year that this happened to, and it took her several months to get over it.
****Please, everyone, SPAY or NEUTER your pets so we don't keep adding to the problem. ****
If anyone is interested in fostering any of these little families, get in contact with Anchorage Animal Care & Control. Or, you can contact Sue or Carol with Kitty & K-9 Connection, and possibly be a foster parent for our group. This will enable us to pull more kittens if it becomes necessary.