5 kittens living in my backyard…advice needed

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Hi,
I have 5 kittens who are living in my backyard. (The mother cat died)
I have been feeding them and just yesterday was able to trap two and they are safe inside a large cage now, (3 more to go) however, our resident cat hisses, vocalizes and is clearly uncomfortable with them in the house. ( I can’t place them in a separate room but they are safe inside the cage with a litter box, food, shelter and a hammock)

I might be able to keep one, but definitely not all of them. dependent on how our resident cat can adjust, which my wife thinks it’s not likely

every rescue I contacted told me they can’t take them.

I do not want to bring them to the city shelter, since it’s a kill shelter.

is there something like the pilots n paws program for dogs that is available for cats?

Thank you in advance for your help!
 

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Are you familiar with Nextdoor (Nextdoor.com)? You might be able to find homes for them by putting a message there. And there’s always Facebook although I’ve never had any luck with that. Poor little ones. Thank you for taking care of them.
 
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Are you familiar with Nextdoor (Nextdoor.com)? You might be able to find homes for them by putting a message there. And there’s always Facebook although I’ve never had any luck with that. Poor little ones. Thank you for taking care of them.
yes I am, but am hesitant to give away a cat to a stranger with a possibly nefarious intention.
 

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If you do use something like Nextdoor or social media, you don't have to just hand the kittens over. We always recommend that you ask for some compensation for the care that you have given them, a move which usually discourages those who don't want to pay because they intend harm for the kittens. There are adoption contracts online that can be used or adapted. While there is debate over how enforceable they are, they can be very helpful in discouraging those who don't want to complete one...again, for the wrong reasons.

When I worked dog rescue, we did enforce our contracts more than once, so I am not saying that they can't be enforced under the right circumstances.

Pilots N Paws does fly cats, as I understand it. A friend used them to get a dog from FL to ME, but I had thought that you needed a destination planned for the animal.

Thank you for helping these kittens.
 

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Now that I think about it, Greater Good has been supporting pilots who fly animals--can't think of it but you could likely research it. I don't know the current situation however.
 
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Thank you all for the information, I will look into the options you suggested
 

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Thank you for taking care of these kittens. I hope you catch the remaining ones soon. I have never dealt with resident cats and new kittens but I have a friend who does a lot of fostering. She has 8 resident cats and has taken in numerous kittens to foster. The other cats may hiss a bit at the kittens initially but they adjust quickly. Older cats are generally pretty tolerant of kittens.
 
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I have spoken to a rescue group, who could not take them, but advised me to be wary of sanctuaries as they are hit or miss (mostly miss) with the treatment of animals they take in. I know there are exceptions to the rule, but this person said they are few and far between. Was told there are also people who would rehome them for a fee and simply release the animal in the next city or state.
 

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There are decent sanctuaries, but often when the HSUS or ASPCA does one of their raids it is to one of the so called "sanctuaries." It can be a lot of work, but doing some networking will allow you to have more control over what happens to them.
 
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