Don’t Kit-Nap Kittens!

For information on what to do when you found kittens, use the menu below, call 904.493.4584 and press option 1, or email

Welcome Kitten Helpers!

When we find a litter of kittens, our good-hearted instincts tell us to jump in and help. Please don’t! Thankfully, human intervention is typically not required. In fact, the best thing you can do is leave the kittens alone. Mom will likely return shortly, and it’s critical that the kittens remain in her care as she offers the best chance for survival. If you are extremely certain that the kittens are orphaned, you can then step in and help by caring for the kittens until they’re old enough to find homes.

The chart below will help you determine what steps to take if you’ve found kittens.


We also recommend consulting this chart from Operation Catnip to determine whether or not the kittens you found need help.

Heroes keep kittens OUT of shelters. For help caring with your kitten, please use our resource library.

Due to the overwhelming number of kittens who come to our shelter on a daily basis, JHS cannot guarantee that we can take in any litter of kittens. Please practice “Don’t Kitnap” procedure. If you need additional resources to help you provide care for found kittens or find homes for them, please contact our team at

Spay and Neuter Assistance:

The American Veterinary Medical Association advocates that all cats be fixed by no later than five months. The following organizations can provide free or low-cost spay/neuter for cats.
First Coast No More Homeless Pets 6817 Norwood Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32208 (904) 425-0005 Free and low-cost spay/neuter Appointments required for owned pets Appointments not required for feral cats
St. Francis Animal Hospital 2727 Atlantic Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32207 (904) 674-7223 Low-cost spay/neuter Appointments required
Clay Humane 2230 Filmore Street Orange Park, FL 32065 (904) 276-7729 Free spay/neuter for cats Appointments required Feral cats are fixed on Wednesday, no appointment required
Wags & Whiskers Pet Rescue Serving Duval, St. Johns, and Putnam Counties 1967 Old Moultrie Road St. Augustine, FL 32086 (904) 797-6039 Free spay/neuter certificates available Low-cost spay/neuter available Call for more information

Whether you want to help outdoor cats or find them a nuisance, Trap-Neuter-Return is the solution. This involves using a humane trap to trap the cat, bring it to a clinic, have it spayed or neutered, and then return the cat to where they were trapped. The cat will receive an "ear tip" to indicate it has been fixed. If you see a cat with an ear tip, leave it where it is.

Having fixed cats in the area prevents the birth of unwanted kittens and will stop other unfixed cats from entering the area.

The following resources are available to assist with TNR in our area:

Oops, she did it again! Did you know that cats can get pregnant as early as four months and can have up to 3 litters with four or more kittens … every year? And cats will not hesitate to mate with their littermates and offspring. Please get your kitty fixed!

If your cat had kittens, this is your responsibility.  Please check with your vet about spay/neuter options or take advantage of the programs listed above. We are happy to provide guidance on finding them new homes. JHS has a partnership with and you can list the kittens on our website for free to help them find new families.

Kittens who arrive at the shelter are too small to stay more than a few hours. They must go to foster homes, where willing volunteers provide at-home TLC to help them grow big and strong. Once they are 2 lbs, they can come back to the shelter to find homes. Shelters provide medical care and foster parents are responsible for ensuring the safety and development of these little lives.

Volunteers play a crucial role in the shelter setting to provide care to kittens. This includes weighing, bathing and feeding kittens along with supporting staff by cleaning, doing laundry, answering phone calls and more.

Both the Jacksonville Humane Society and Animal Care and Protective Services need your help.

Learn how to help at JHS

Learn how to help at ACPS

In 2018, JHS took in 4,165 kittens. The average cost of care for each kitten is $150. Are you willing to help with a gift?

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Everyone can help by sharing the message of what to do when kittens are found. Here is a sample of messages you can post on social media:

When we find a litter of kittens, our good-hearted instincts tell us to rush to the aid of these fragile felines. Thankfully, human interventions are typically not required. The best thing you can do is leave them alone and wait for mom to return! If you have already moved them, please go look for mom. If she doesn’t return in 8 hours, here’s how you can help:

Share our flowchart:

You can also print our Don’t Kit-Nap Kittens flyer and post it in your favorite neighborhood hot spots.

You can also share our post on Facebook. 

If your veterinary practice would like to help, please contact our team.


Special thanks to Maddie’s Fund for supporting kittens in Jacksonville!


Fostering Saves Lives!



Dames Point the kitten with his foster mom, Meghan.


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