It looks like Spring is finally here! Warmer weather, flowers blooming, and kittens – lots and lots of kittens. The warmer months are frequently referred to as Kitten Season. During this time of year, many community cats give birth to litters of kittens. Please check out our information on kittens below in order to learn the best way you can help kittens. SICSA does accept kittens into our adoption program, but there is frequently a wait time for intake. If you are seeing community cats in your area, please check out our information on TNRM, which is the most humane and effective way to control the population of community cats.
What is an “owner surrender”?
SICSA is a limited intake shelter with a focus on rehoming pets. We do not euthanize for space, so we are not always able to immediately take pets into our adoption program. We encourage you to use multiple resources to rehome your pet. Please click on the links below to see which animals may be accepted into our program, information about the process, and the application.
If you’ve lost a dog, the first place to check is the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, which is the County facility mandated by the State of Ohio to help lost and stray dogs. There are no organizations mandated to help lost and stray cats. For information and tips about lost and found pets, click here.
SICSA does accept kittens into our adoption program. During kitten season, it is common for rescues to become overwhelmed with requests for kitten intake. It is our goal to make sure that kittens who come into the shelter truly need our help and have not been kit-napped by well- meaning individuals. If you have just found kittens, please read about our Wait and Watch Approach. If, after following the Wait and Watch Approach, you determine that you have found a litter of abandoned kittens, here is some helpful information on caring for kittens. Please use our Owner Surrender Application below if you would like to get the kittens into our adoption program. To prevent future litters of kittens, SICSA recommends TNRM (Trap, Neuter, Return, Monitor) for community cats. Read more on our TNRM program here.
We accept puppies! For accidental litters, we will take them into our program for no cost, if the pet owner agrees to spay the mother through our low cost spay clinic through the “Oops Program”.
Generally, SICSA does not bring community cats into our adoption program. Community cats may be friendly or feral, but generally prefer the ability to roam freely and are not adoption candidates for indoor homes. We encourage trap-neuter-return-monitor (TNRM) programs, to keep the stray cat population from growing in a humane manner. To read more about Community Cats, TNRM, and our Spay and Neuter programs, please click here.
Kittens get their best start in life when their mom provides care, but sometimes another caregiver has to substitute for mom. During kitten season, shelters may not have enough fosters to care for all of the kittens who need help. When that happens, finders of kittens can help by becoming foster caregivers.
How do you care for kittens? The first step is to determine the current health and approximate age of the kittens. This will help you know what they need to be fed, how frequently they need to be fed, and what other supportive care might be required. There are some quick online guides to help you figure out the age of your kittens and their needs:
· Ages & Needs of Kittens:
o Alley Cat Allies – How Old Is That Kitten Guide
o Maddie’s Fund – Physical and Behavioral Development of Kittens
o Best Friends – Bottle Feeding Kittens
· Socializing Kittens
o Maddie’s Fund – Helpful Tips to Socialize Kittens
o Maddie’s Fund – Socializing Unsocial Kittens
SICSA also offers support with kitten caregiving through phone coaching, in-person coaching, kitten supply kits, and education. If you need additional support, contact us at 937-294-6505.
Steps for a pet to enter our adoption program:
People make the decision to surrender a pet for a variety of reasons. SICSA Pet Adoption and Wellness Center is committed to keeping pets and their families together if possible. We offer support through a variety of services including temporary housing for pets displaced by emergencies, assistance with pet food and other supplies, animal wellness care, pet spays and neuters, and behavior assessments and support.
The total cost for surrender varies by case, but is typically $30-125 for cats and $50-150 for dogs, depending on the animal’s age and past veterinary care. Please note that these fees help keep our facility running. SICSA does not receive any free Veterinarian time and operates solely on donations.
SICSA Animal Surrender Form
To fill out our form to surrender a cat, please click here.
To fill out our form to surrender a dog, please click here.
Additional Resources Outside of SICSA
In addition to our intake application, you can also use the Adopt-a-Pet Rehome service to rehome your pet privately: rehome.adoptapet.com/r/74172. Rehome is owned by the PetCo Foundation and is 100% free to use. They will walk you through how to create the best profile for your pet and be there to support you through the adoption process.