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What to do if you find stray kittens

It’s the middle of summer and the height of the kitten season. If you have a feral cat colony in your neighborhood, you might stumble across a litter of kittens. Here’s what you should do if you find them outside.

Identify their age

On the one hand, if the kittens are 8 weeks or younger, separating them from their mothers can be detrimental to their health. Therefore, if the mother is present, it’s best to keep them together. On the other hand, if they’re 4 months or older, it may be too difficult to socialize them properly so that they can live indoors. It’d be better to trap, neuter, and release (TNR) them so that they can live our their lives happily within the colony. You can use the Alley Cat Allies’ handy visual guide to help you determine their age at a glance.

Locate the mother

Mama cats always return to feed their kittens every 3 hours like clockwork. If the kittens look clean and healthy, then mama probably isn’t far. However, if the kittens look dirty, sick, or it’s been longer than 3 hours since you’ve seen their mother, they need to be cared for right away.

Contact your local TNR community or cat rescue

Most shelters will tell you that during kitten season, they usually don’t bring in mothers with their litters due to a capacity issue. However, if mama is friendly and you’re interested in caring for the kittens, you should contact your local TNR community or cat rescue. Even if they aren’t able to take on the kittens themselves, they can point you in the right direction for community vet partners and even loan you no-kill traps to help you bring the litter inside.

Newborn feral kittens require a lot of attention, hard work, and socialization in order to grow up to be happy, healthy, friendly and adoptable indoor cats. Before you take on a litter of kittens, really ask yourself if you are able to commit the time and energy that they deserve.

Do you have a new kitten in your home? Check out other articles on our blog for advice on how to kitten proof your home, for more information on kitten season, and for more information about feral cat resources in New York City.

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

photo by Christie D. Mallon on flickr

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What you need to know about kitten season

Now that the weather is beginning to ease up a bit, feral cats are finding that it’s the ideal time of year to reproduce. Rescue organizations call this time of the year “kitten season” because their shelters become flooded with baby kitties as the cats give birth.

Here’s what you need to know about kitten season.

What to do if you find kittens

If you find a pregnant cat or a litter of kittens, call your local animal rescue organization. Kittens have a much better chance at survival when they are cared for by humans, and a rescue organization can help place them with a loving home.

How to help during kitten season

Now is the perfect time of year to volunteer at a cat rescue. You could help out onsite at the shelter or sign up to be a foster parent. The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals offers classes on how to care for kittens if you think you might be up for the important task of fostering them.

Adoption during kitten season

It’s also the perfect time of year to adopt a cat, but be sure to kitten proof your house, first! However, if you have extra love to give, consider following.

Kittens never have a hard time finding a home, but their mothers and other older cats tend to sit in the shelter for much longer. Try to rescue an older cat whenever possible. Not only will it make more space for the shelter to save other cats, but you’ll also save your own cat from sitting there for months, or even years, without a home to call their own.

Have you recently adopted a kitten? Our pet sitters love taking care of the juniors and the seniors! Book your pet sitting visits today!

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

photo by Jennifer C. on flickr

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What is New York City’s feral cat initiative?

If you live in New York City, you’ve probably spotted a feral cat, if not several! You might have noticed them skittering into alleyways or ducking under cars. Who are these little critters and what makes them different from your kitty at home?

What is a feral cat?

A feral cat is one who hasn’t been raised by humans, and as a result, is not used to interacting with people. Because they haven’t been socialized, feral cats are too fearful to be handled and are unsuitable for adoption. Feral cats are not quite the same as strays, as many strays are former pets who are lost or have been abandoned. While feral cats do not live with humans, many are dependent on them for food, whether it means eating scraps from a dumpster or treats left out for them by members of the community.

What are New York City volunteers doing about it?

Unfortunately, the feral cat population has reached drastic levels in New York City. Fortunately, organizations such as the New York City Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) have devoted themselves to reducing the feral population through humane means. They promote a method known as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), a process in which cats are humanely caught, vaccinated, spayed, and then released. NYCFCI trains community members to safely catch feral cats and bring them to proper facilities for neutering.

How can you get involved in your area?

If you have spotted feral cats in your neighbored but are unsure how to help, you are in luck! NYCFCI offers resources on how to safely provide food and other resources for feral cats. You can also take one of NYCFCI’s TNR trainings to actively help reduce the population in your own area. In addition to NYCFCI, there are many local groups who work closely with the feral kitties in their communities.

If you are looking for a companion, you may be interested in adopting or fostering a feral kitten! Feral kittens are young enough to be socialized and find permanent homes with people. And of course, dollar donations to TNR initiatives and local cat shelters are always helpful!

Are you looking for someone to care for your newly adopted feral kitten? Book a meet and greet with one of our friendly pet sitters. We can come visit your kitty, once, twice, or even three times a day!

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

photo by Leans on flickr

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Jersey City Cat Rescue Organizations


Whether you’re looking to adopt, surrender, or foster in the Sixth Borough, Hudson and Bergen Counties are home to a number of shelters and rescue organizations. We put together this list to help you find one that’s right for you.

Hudson County Animal League
P.O. Box 3589
Jersey City, NJ 07303
(201) 200-1008

They’re working on a physical location. In the meantime, leave a voicemail or use the contact form on the website

Humane Society of Bergen County
221-223 Stuyvesant Avenue
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
(201) 896-9300

“The Humane Society of Bergen County is conveniently located near Rt 3, Rt 17, and several New Jersey Transit stops”

Jersey Cats
PO Box 3436
Jersey City, NJ 07303

You can often find adoptable kitties at Hoboken Pet on Washington Street.

Liberty Humane Society
235 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305
(201) 547-4147

Public/Adoption Hours
Monday – Closed
Tuesday through Friday – 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Probably the best known shelter in Jersey City, Liberty has a physical location where you can view the adoptable pets.

Precious Paws Rescue
PO Box 3314
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Operates out of several foster homes. Request an appointment for adoption.

Rescue the Cats
(201) 376-4474

Another organization that relies on the help of fosters rather than a physical location.

Secaucus Animal Shelter
525 Meadowlands Parkway
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Phone: 201-348-3213

Public/Adoption Hours
Monday though Wednesday and Friday – 12:00 to 2:30 pm
Thursday – 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 12:00 to 4:30 pm

If you don’t mind driving a little further to adopt that special furry friend.

Are you looking for rescue organizations in other regions of New Jersey?

Try checking’s list and’s list.

You can also stop by your local Petco or Petsmart, which usually have areas for rescue cats.

While Jersey City does not offer as robust of a selection of no-kill shelters as our neighbors in New York, we do have several rescue organizations that help to re-home cats who would otherwise have been euthanized due to space. Please adopt from a rescue organization whenever possible, so that they can make more space save pets from death row.

Do you know of any organizations that we missed? Drop us a line in the comments!

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

photo by Kevin Jarrett Alex on flickr

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New York City Cat Cafes

Cat by Rainer Stropek

A delightful trend has taken root in New York City. Cat cafes combine a relaxed, home like atmosphere in which you can interact with adoptable cats while you unwind with a cookie and cup of tea.

Meow Parlour

New York’s first permanent cat cafe, Meow Parlour, is nestled between the Lower East Side and Chinatown. Sweets from the Meow Parlour Patisserie are sure to please. Co-Founder Christine Ha is also the head pastry chef at the popular Macaron Parlour.


This Lower East Side cat cafe’s main mission is to provide a comfortable space for cats, but humans are welcome, too. You can cuddle up with a kitty in the sunny Upper Cattery, the cozy Lower Cattery, or the outdoor Catio. As a special treat, Koneko also offers rotating art exhibitions and events that focus on Japanese culture.

Little Lions

As a recent edition to SoHo, Little Lions especially welcomes families with children. Every week, children can sit with kitties and listen in on story time. For bigger kids and kids at heart, Little Lions hosts a weekly movie night with unlimited popcorn.

Brooklyn Cat Cafe

Don’t want to travel to Manhattan for your tea and kitties? While other cat cafes host cats from non-profits, Brooklyn’s first cat cafe is the only one in New York City that is actually run by a non-profit. It’s not open just yet, but a preview party with a performance by comedienne Ophira Eisenberg will be held on May 6. Tickets are on sale now!

Are you looking someone to give your furry friend plenty of love and attention while you’re away? Give us a call! Cat sitting is our cup of tea!

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

“Cat” by Rainer Stropek on flickr

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Adopting a dog from a breed rescue group

by Mary “Tief” Tieffenbrunn – CCHS Humane Education Chair and volunteer for Illinois Bird Dog Rescue

What is a breed rescue group?

A breed rescue group is usually a group of volunteers that work together to shelter and rehome dogs of a specific breed. Most breed rescue groups obtain homeless dogs from over crowded animal shelters, impound facilities, and owner surrenders. Most breed rescue groups keep their rescued dogs in “foster homes” rather than in a kennel environment. This way, the dog’s quality of life immediately improves upon entering the rescue and he has the opportunity to learn how to be a well-behaved house dog before he is adopted and goes to his new “forever home.”

A few things you can expect:

Many breed rescues are run entirely by volunteers. Sometimes you will not get an immediate return phone call or email about your inquiry or application because the volunteers are very busy taking care of dogs and their other responsibilities. Dealing with a breed rescue can require some patience.
Breed rescues charge more for adoptions than the average animal shelter. These small non-profit groups spend a lot of money transporting, caring for, and sometimes providing medical treatment to the dogs that they rescue. For that reason, they often ask for a substantial donation from their adopters.

A good rescue group will . . .

A good breed rescue group will tell you both the wonderful and the “challenging” characteristics of the breed. The rescue will want you to understand what it is truly like to live with this type of dog. Successful adoptions happen when expectations match up with reality! The rescue should also be forthcoming with information about the breed’s genetic predispositions for health problems.

A good breed rescue group will carefully determine which dogs are suitable for adoption and will not warehouse dogs. The responsible rescue is careful to be sure that the dogs it offers for adoption are of sound temperament.

A good breed rescue will have a thorough application and interview process. Many breed rescues include a home visit as part of the application process and will not approve your adoption until the home visit is accomplished. The rescue might also contact your veterinarian as a reference.

A good breed rescue will want to hear from you after you take your new dog home and will require that you return the dog to the rescue in the event that things do not work out.

Questions to Ask a Breed Rescue Group:

  1. When and how did the dog come into rescue?
  2. Does the dog have any medical conditions?
  3. Is the dog current with vaccinations?
  4. Is the dog spayed/neutered?
  5. Is the dog on heartworm prevention?
  6. If the dog has been in foster care, ask to speak to the foster guardian about the dog’s personality and how it behaves in the home. You’ll want to know . . .
  • Is the dog housebroken? Crate trained?
  • Is the dog good with children? Other dogs? Cats?
  • Does the dog walk nicely on leash? / Has he had any training?
  • Does the dog have any fears: men? thunderstorms? riding in cars? being left alone?
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