Helping Homeless Kitties in and around San Jose, CA - TNR Advocates

What To Do If You Find An Orphan Kitten


Watch Our Raising Orphan Kittens Instructional Video!



If you are in the Bay Area, visit a Pet Food Express store for your free Pre-Wean Kitten Starter Kit! 


IMPORTANT- Please try to locate mom and other kittens before removing the kitten(s) from where you found them. If you are unsure if the kitten is an orphan, please read this article:  Is This An Orphan Kitten?

If you cannot locate mom, do not leave orphan kittens outside alone as they will likely die.

Immediate Care



We are working on a mentoring program for people who find kittens and need guidance on how to hand raise them. While we get this program up and running, we have provided a few helpful links on supplies you will need, how to determine the kitten's age, and more below. If you have more specific questions, please contact us at  Unfortunately, we cannot take in any kittens at this time as our foster homes are full, but we can help by providing supplies and guidance!

There's also a great yahoo group for help with orphan kittens:

We're sorry, but IBOK Rescue is unable to accept additional kittens into our foster care program at this time as all of our foster homes are full. Please be aware that if you take kittens younger than two months or weighing less than two pounds to a shelter, they will be euthanized.  If you can provide care for kittens until they reach two months/two pounds, you can take them to the shelter and they will try to find them homes. 

PLEASE DO NOT GIVE KITTENS AWAY FOR FREE WITHOUT SPAYING OR NEUTERING THEM FIRST!  Doing this will just create more kittens and then more kittens and cats will die. San Jose has a low cost spay/neuter program that will fix a kitten at two months/two pounds and only costs $15.00 for males and $20.00 for females.  Please get your kittens or cats spayed or neutered!

Finding Good Homes
Guidelines for Finding a Responsible Home for a Pet

Photos courtesy of Michelle Spivack.