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There's no reason not to spay/neuter...and don't forget about your community cats!

Most shelter don't have a foster program. 

​Getting your pet spayed/neutered should be the top priority when adding a new fuzz ball to family...but most kittens brought into your local shelter are born to cats in your community. It's up to you to stop the overpopulation of cats and kittens in your community. Here is some information about spay/neuter:

  • ​​​Don't wait to spay/neuter your cat. ​Some veterinarians and rescues will tell you it's best to wait to have your cat altered until they are 6 months old, but studies show that it is safe to spay/neuter your kitten once they reach a body weight of 2 lbs (about 2 - 3 months of age). It's actually better for them as recover time is quicker and they will not develop mating behaviors, like spraying. Cats can become pregnant as young as 4 month of age, so by spaying and neutering at a young age ensures that there is no chance of an accidental pregnancy. Don't wait until it's too late! 
  • There's never a reason to breed. ​There are enough cats without people breeding their cats. With almost 1.5 million cats being killed in shelters each year, there is absolutely no reason to support breeding. The most common excuse we hear is: "I want a pure bred"...Do you know how many pure bred animals are sitting in a cold kennel waiting to be killed? You should adopt. 
  • Don't forget about the outdoor cats. ​Most of the kittens euthanized in shelters are born to the cats in your community. If you want you stop this, you need to be sure all of the community cats in your neighborhood are spayed and neutered through a process called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). TNR is a program that safely traps the outdoor cats, takes them to their veterinarian for spay/neuter surgery and vaccination, clips the tip of the kitty's ear to be sure others know they are already altered, and returns them to their outdoor colony. 


When people find out that so many of these cute, cuddly fluff balls are euthanized every day in the local shelters, they become angry and often times, blame staff members that work in that shelter. Although we agree that they deserve a chance at life, we understand that these shelters can only operate using the tools they have. Here are reasons kittens can be so challenging for shelters: ​​

  1. Kitten care requires special knowledge. ​Many shelter staff do not have the knowledge or training needed for caring for underaged, orphaned kittens. From staff not knowing how to bottle feed to shelter veterinarians who do not know how to treat neonatal kittens, most shelters will not know how to help unless a kitten program is already in place. Also, most shelter don't have the supplies on hand for tiny kittens. 
  2. Being a kitten mom is a 24 hour job. ​Most kittens would not be able to survive 24 hours in a shelter because most shelters do not have 24 hour staff. If the kittens are not pulled by a rescue and/or placed in a foster home, they will typically be euthanized by time of closing. On rare occasions, a knowledgable staff member will take the kittens home and return to work with them within the following days to give the kittens a chance to survive. 
  3. There is not enough cage space. Every shelter needs every kennel possible to continue taking in cats and kittens in need. Since kittens cannot be spayed or neutered until they are 8 weeks, or 2 lbs, underaged kittens will sit in a kennel waiting to be ready for adoption. Because the flow of kittens is almost never-ending, this causes space issues in the shelter. 
  4. Kittens don't do well in a shelter setting.  Any animal that enters the shelter is at risk of catching illnesses, but underaged kittens are especially vulnerable due to their already compromised and weak immune systems. Every if the shelter were to attempt to save the kittens, they are never  safe in a shelter setting. Although kittens do well in a dedicated kitten nursery, most shelter do not have the space to properly quarantine. 

​​​Please don't blame the shelter... or it's staff for that matter. The only way we are going to be able to save the kittens is by working together. The shelter can only be successful at saving lives if the people in the community are doing their part. Foster for your local shelter or speak to them about fostering for a rescue. 

Did you know that kittens under 8 weeks of age are the highest killed population in shelters all across the United States? There are hundreds of thousands of kittens that are killed each year. 

Are you wondering why that is? Keep reading and you will learn everything you need to know about why we, at The Little Lion Foundation have made underage kittens our focus. 

Why do we focus on kittens?

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