With springtime just around the corner comes the warmer weather, the flowers, the showers - and, unfortunately, litters of unwanted kittens.
It's the time of year when unspayed cats give birth. Rescue groups and shelters nationwide become overrun with litters of unwanted kittens who are often euthanized due to lack of space and not nearly enough people to foster and adopt them.
Kitten season will be upon us within the next few weeks.
Here are a few resources to help guide you.
If you find Kittens: Watch them closely and see if mamma comes back. Contact us by messaging us via Facebook for the fastest response and keep us updated if momma comes back. Baby kittens need to be fed every 3 hours and have the best chance if baby Kittens left with mother, even in the bushes.
If you see a pregnant momma: please contact us and be prepared to let us know if the momma is friendly and can be picked up.
If you have a friendly stray please understand; Contra Costa County Animal Services are not taking stay cats at this time.
We can not take possession of an animal that does not have an owner to surrender it for any reason. If the owner is known then they need to contact us for further assistance. If the cat is believed to be abandoned, please follow these steps as well as contact us for more information. Please understand that we are foster-based and do not have the facility or room to house animals for 30 days during their stray hold.
If you find a lost pet, there are two options for what you can do:
Bring the pet directly to one of our shelters in Martinez or Pinole since many pet owners contact us first to inquire about their lost animal. For animals found in Antioch, please go to Antioch Animal Services.
You can keep the lost pet in your home in case you may want to keep it if no owner is found. For this option, you do need to file a found pet report with us by calling our volunteer number at 925-608-8430. After 30 days, you can become the legal owner.
As an additional measure in trying to find the pet's owner, you can also post a no-cost found pet notice on Pet Harbor. See the instructions below.
Resources for low-cost spay and neuter services;
Spay/Neuter Referral Line for EAST Contra Costa County Cats – 925-473-5001
Special Clinics for Free-Roaming Cats (four clinics per year – minimal fee)Spay Neuter Impact Program (SNIP), Martinez, 925-473-5027 www.snipcat.org
Contra Costa County Spay/Neuter Clinic, Martinez, 925-335-8320 (Free-roaming cats accepted if handleable)