While the goal of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is to eliminate the birth of kittens in a colony, encountering kittens of various ages is often a normal part of the TNR process. Caretakers may come across young orphaned kittens who need to be taken in to be cared for and bottle-fed. Many caretakers also trap and tame older feral kittens for adoption placement in indoor homes rather than release them back into their colonies after spay/neuter. Removing kittens in this way as the adults in a colony are spayed/neutered and released can support the ultimate success of a TNR project and improve the quality of life for neighborhood residents, caretakers, and cats alike.
While our first instinct is to want to help, taking in kittens born outside to hand-rear is not a decision to be made lightly. Prepare yourself and avoid tragic mistakes by reading our guidelines.
The NYC Feral Cat Initiative is not a shelter and therefore cannot take in cats and kittens for adoption placement. However, we do provide foster care and placement tips for the public and courtesy Petfinder listings for Certified TNR Caretakers.