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COVID-19 Resources: Community Cats & Kittens

The National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA) has recommended that the only animals coming into animal control agencies should be those that are true emergencies such as sick, injured, or neglected pets. What does that mean for community cats and neonatal kittens?

Neonatal Kittens

Community Cats


Neonatal Kittens  

Before kitten season gets into full swing (which might be any minute now), it’s critical for shelters and rescues to map out a strategy for managing any influx. Shelters and rescue groups should be telling their communities to leave kittens where they find them. But we know that some people won’t always adhere to that recommendation. The resources below will help you safely care for the neonates that find their way to your agencies.

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Community Cats

Managing cat colonies may be limited at this time due to reductions in spay/neuter, so if you have access you should still be taking advantage of it. If your shelter or clinic is no longer offering surgeries for TNR cats, it’s important to still follow all other proven practices to care for community cats and reduce complaint issues. In the meantime, keeping a spreadsheet of colonies with pregnant cats or those who have given birth can drive spay/neuter focus when things change, and surgery slots are available again.  

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