Free Kittens?!

Free Kittens?!

Do you guys want to say hi? Hiya… Hi Marge! Hi friends! A crazy thing happened yesterday. I was in Connecticut, teaching some workshops at UConn, and after I finished up the workshops, we started our long road trip home. The road trip went pretty well, but about five hours in, we hit really bad traffic. So Google Maps put us on this detour and as we were driving on this country road, I see a sign that says: “FREE Kittens”! Of course, I slam on the brakes, I turn around and I go immediately to that house. We walk up to the door and a couple answers. So I start asking them questions. I tell them I’m a kitten rescuer and that I’d love to know more about what’s going on so I can see how I can help. The woman explains that they have a couple of pet cats and they haven’t been able to afford to get them sterilized. This woman clearly loves the cats, but she hasn’t gotten them spayed and neutered. So, her solution was really just to have them continue breeding and to give away the kittens on the side of the road. Oy yoy yoy. Now when I shared this online, in the comments, people were pretty nasty. They were calling them mean names and saying things like: “I hope you lectured them!” or “I hope you yelled at them!” As frustrating as it is to meet people who have not gotten their cats spayed and neutered, the truth is: most of the time, this isn’t done maliciously. It’s usually a lack of education or a lack of resources or both. So, you don’t solve those issues by yelling; you solve those issues by providing education and resources. I asked if they had the ability to call and make an appointment and to transport the cats to that appointment. They said yes, so we offered for our rescue group, Orphan Kitten Club, to pay for their sterilizations so that we can put an end to this cycle of constant breeding. It isn’t helpful to be judgmental. It’s helpful to be… helpful. This woman was so grateful. She seemed stunned. She actually said it seemed too good to be true. So, now for the kittens. The kittens are clean, they’re pretty healthy and they’re about seven weeks old. There’s two girls and a boy. They’re all grey tabbies. This is the biggest one, and she’s a girl. Okay! This is the medium-sized one, and she’s also a girl. She’s got a cute little dot on her head. *kissing sounds* Welcome! And then this little one is so cute, and he’s the tiniest one. This is the little boy! These three look like triplets. They’re so cute and they’re almost identical to each other. The couple clearly cared about them, but they were in over their heads. There had been a litter of five, but about 30 minutes before we got there, another passerby had stopped and picked up two of the kittens. So we don’t know where those kittens went, but we do really hope they went somewhere okay. Listen. When someone like me sees a sign that says “free kittens,” it’s like a nightmare situation. So I want to talk a little bit about why free kittens are not a good thing, and why it’s important not to give away kittens in this manner. So, first of all, let’s talk about where free kittens come from. When someone’s giving away free kittens, it’s pretty typical that those kittens have received no veterinary care. Kittens need to be de-wormed. They need to be vaccinated. They need all sorts of preventative medical care to make sure that they’re going to be okay. So if someone’s giving away free kittens who haven’t seen a vet, they’re not preparing them for success. Many people also give away kittens who aren’t yet old enough to be going to a new home. Maybe they’re not eating independently yet, and they are going to be in a dangerous situation when they go into a new home that can’t provide them with proper care. Hi! What’s up, honey-bunny? Perhaps most importantly, a lot of “free kittens” who are given away are not sterilized. And they could be going to a home where they’re not going to be spayed and neutered, perpetuating that ongoing cycle of more and more accidental pregnancies. So now let’s talk about where these kittens end up. Many people will warn you about the dangers of giving away “free kittens” because they could end up being used in some extremely cruel way, like dog fighting or snake feeding or other forms of abuse. That is certainly true. When you’re giving away kittens without vetting the homes, you don’t really know where they’re going to end up. But the truth is that while abuse is a possibility, it’s much more likely that they’re just going to end up in a home that made a really impulsive decision, and might not be ready for the responsibility of caring for an animal for 20 years. Think about it. Of all the people driving down that country road, yes you’re going to have the occasional psychopath, but more than that, you’re going to have people who are lured into that “Free Kittens” sign without really thinking about what it takes to have a cat for 20 years. So when you combine the fact that these cats have probably not had medical care, with the fact that the people who are taking them home are making an impulsive decision, that’s a recipe for disaster. This is a scenario where the person might bring them home, realise that they got themselves in way over their head, and they might not be willing or able to give the animal that support. So this is why any time a kitten is going to a new home, there needs to be an adoption process in place. An adoption process consists of two important things. Vetting the kittens and vetting the adopters. That means providing preventative care ahead of time, things like dewormer, vaccination and sterilization. But it also means vetting the adopters. Making sure that they’re going to a suitable home. An adoption process and interview allows us to get to know who the adopter is and to confirm that they’re going to be ready and able to provide a suitable home for years to come. When one of my kittens goes to a new home, I can be pretty sure that they’re going to a home that’s ready to provide them with food, water, veterinary care and love for the rest of their life. So a “Free Kitten” sign is definitely a nightmare situation and I was so happy we were able to intervene so we can ensure that these kittens have everything that they need. Now this couple is going to be able to sterilize their cats, they’re going to end the cycle of reproduction and they can throw away that “Free Kittens” sign. Now I do want to note that there are some animal shelters that occasionally do what’s called a fee-waived adoption. A fee-waived adoption is where you can adopt from an animal shelter without paying a fee. Some people get really angry about fee-waived adoption, because they think it’s the same thing as putting out a sign that says “Free Kittens”, but it’s actually really different in some very important ways that I’d like to explain. A fee-waived adoption from an animal rescue organisation is essentially the same adoption process just without a transaction of money. In this scenario, the adopters still have to meet the organisation’s protocol. The only difference is that there’s no payment. This might surprise you, but research shows that fee-waived adoptions actually don’t have a negative impact on the lives of animals. And they can be responsible for saving thousands of lives that otherwise might not be saved. So when it comes to “Free Kittens”, the problem isn’t that there’s no money being exchanged, the problem is that there’s no protocol in place for their adoption. If you’ve found yourself in a situation where you have kittens that you can’t care for, the best thing to do is reach out to the animal welfare organisations in your area. If you’re wanting or needing to find homes for the kittens on your own, you can totally do that, but you want to do more than just put a “Free Kittens” sign out on your porch. I highly recommend that you’re providing veterinary care to the kittens and that you can recoup those costs by having a small adoption fee. That way, you can ensure that the kittens are healthy, and they’re not going to be having babies in their future home. Most importantly, never give away kittens without having some system in place for making sure they’re going somewhere safe. You want to be asking questions that help you understand, is this person ready for a lifetime commitment to a cat? Are they able to provide a suitable, safe environment? Are they able and willing to provide them with care, including medical care? Ensure that you’re doing your due diligence, so you know the kittens are going to be in good hands. Most importantly, make sure your cats are spayed and neutered. If you don’t think you can afford the cost, hop online and look up “low cost spay/neuter” and the name of the town, city or county that you live in. You might be surprised to find that there are resources available. Don’t forget. It’s much cheaper to sterilise two cats, than it is to care for dozens of kittens that result from accidental pregnancies. And when we live in a world that’s already killing hundreds of thousands of cats, we really don’t need to be making more of them. As for these freebies, I’m so happy that we’re able to provide them with the care they need and find them a perfect forever home. Good job, little freebie!

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  1. i got a free kitten that lived in my neighborhood and was one of three. she was only 4 weeks old!!! when she was being given away, but my family made sure that she was raised well and was given lots of love as well as made sure she was spayed. my princess (that’s her name) is now 10 years old and she’s super smart and loyal. she’ll protect me and my grandpa from anything and she knows her name and how to sit. the owner(s) can change the way an unfortunate situation turns out.

  2. Hi Hannah! I love your videos! You obviously care so much for these kittens and I respect and admire you for all you do!

  3. Well, i have to be honest, i'm very impulsive when we talk about animals in general, so i adopted a kitten even when i already had three dogs (my cousin arrives with this little tiny kitten and I couldn't hold myself), but i would never ever EVER get rid of her or any animal. And i would try to give them as much love and care as i can. I absolutly loves and adores all of my pets an i can't even start imagine my life without them.

    I don't actually know much about shelters on mi city, but i know there's not enough. We have a dog pound that after a few days have to put asleep the dogs and cats that arrives, bucause there's no enough space, and people are very irresponsable with their animals (i mean, in my neighbrowood dogs didn't even have a place were they belong, they're just from the street and they feed them sometimes).

    I would like to have more shelters and places where dogs and cats could live and be protected, but here the economics suck, so we can't afford to do that. Btw, i'm from Argentina

  4. My bff offered me a fancy-ish kitten (Donskoy-Cornish Rex mix) for free because she knew me and trusted that I would take good care of him, since I've lived most of my life with cats. I would have taken him, but her mom got too attached to him, so I let her keep him. Fast forward a couple of months and an abandoned cat waltzes into her house. Since she couldn't keep it herself (already had two cats that he didn't get along with) and didn't want to take him to a shelter, she gave me that one. I did cover the vet fee though. This boy is a teenager so he can be NUTS, but he's the love of my life.

  5. Free kittens is rare. Free pussy is impossible.

    If everybody would make all their cats infertile then the cat breed would go extinct..

  6. Yeah, the real problem here are pets that are not sterilized. People are destroying this planet not the animals , please sterilize yourself if you want to do some real good.

  7. What about owners that want to have a litter or two of kittens? All I ever hear about is getting all cats fixed and it bothers me. Where is the choice in that?

  8. Do i have to get my kittens dewormed and vaccinated or no because i have 3 kittens and i cant really afford to get them vaccinated or dewormed

  9. I wanna become a foster mom
    🙁 but it sounds so expensive an sounds very sad if the kittens dont make it..

  10. Yes! My baby girl was a "free kitten" before I got her. She was very loved, but the little girl who had her couldn't care for her and that is why I found her on the street. Also so true that only helping helps! Love it ❤️

  11. I have had cats all my life. I have had healthy, very sick, cats from abusers/hoarders etc… but I was shocked when i adopted my kitten just a few weeks ago from my local SPCA (I'm in Canada) and they didn't ask a single question about myself. I was the one who actually asked the questions and it was maybe because i was asking very specific questions or because I hadn't planned to adopt her that day but I was very shocked. Anyway she is doing well and has fit in great. It's education like this and channels like yours that help save cats lives everyday.

  12. I got my cat in 2016 from a person who was giving her and her brothers away for free. She had no medical care and was too young to be given away. I took her in while her brothers were given to other people. She lived up to 3 years after eating something while I was gone I couldn't afford medical care so I had to leave her in her bed and wait for her to leave the Earth.

  13. My county has a spay and neutered program that gives you a grant certificate that you can take to a vet. There's also vet here called planned pet-hood that does low cost spay/neutering. With the certificate and the low cost of the sterilization, it ends up costing the owner about $10 dollars. That's a deal and extremely affordable. Because sterilization was so cheap, neighbors have been able to catch and release several feral cats and bring the cat population way down. Before saying I can't afford it, look around and see if your city or county does grants for sterilization and if you have low cost vets in your area. It might be cheaper then you think.

  14. I have a cat that got dropped off by my house. I've looked for help to get her fixed but I can't find ANYTHING. And I really can't afford to do it.

  15. i have kittens but no one wants them, i have 4 kittens and theirs a 2nd litter on the way but im too poor to get them fixxed

  16. One day, when I’m settled in my new home, and doing well with the bills and the area, I’m gonna want adopt a kitty from you!! But you’re across the country! LOL

  17. My parents neighbor used to drown newborn kittens and puppies because he refused to spay them. So I’m happy know that they cared enough to let them live.

  18. I knew someone up where I used to live who had a cousin that lived behind her. They both had the same breed of dogs and a fence that connects there yards. Their two dogs has had mutiple litters of puppies and their giving them away. So you cant imagion how happy I was to find out they did have adoption papers for all of then 🤣🤣🤣

    Also the puppies were really adorable they chocolate labs.

  19. I have literally just today agreed to give an 8 week old kitten a home. A friend posted them o facebook today. It is a person I trust. She loves animals and cares for them as well as her kids. The kitten is wormed and flea-ed already. This is my first ever pet. I have two calm, lovely children, aged 6 and 8. I already have a vet appointment booked for monday morning to talk about neutering and microchipping etcand to find out more how I can best cre for the gorgeous little kitty xx I am so excited to welcome the kitty into our family and cant wait to spend the rest of my life with him or her growing with my kids x

  20. 8:05

    Me when I told my coworker that I would take home one of her cat's kittens: He'll have a ton of friends to play with: two dogs to beat up, four mother cat figures, and five fish to watch swimming around, a child who's gonna love him forever, tons of toys, cat trees, and then getting that fun surgery later in life, etc. etc. etc.

    (I did NOT lie and tell my husband that the owner was going to euthanize them if no home was found >_> no one can prove it <_<) Honestly though, I wish I was still doing animal rescue and was driving toward a career in it again. These videos are making me want to do a similar thing in my own state. Dx

  21. How are kittens so calm with you? Mine is 10 weeks old and she's actually really aggressive when she's in attack mode. I usually shout "ow" and stand still, but she just bites on harder, she doesn't even get distracted with toys. She'll also just attack when I'm literally doing nothing. I can't even do my homework with her around. I got her when she was 5 weeks old from a person who was selling kittens and she was covered in fleas and very tiny, smaller than any other 5 week old kitten I've ever seen. Very thin as well.

  22. So my dog or now my uncle's dog had her second litter of puppy's there only a few months old and he has already sold two so they have to be bottle fed . On the side note i have a cat who's 1 year old and her resent owner's said she was fixed but she resently had what my family calls lady days when she tries to find a mate. so now we're going to get her fixed soon. One more thing i didn't know that not fixing your pets was bad (sorry for the bad spelling)

  23. This is why I have 12 cats because I rescue “free kittens” and the ones that don’t adopt out I keep 😂 they are all wonderful cats (and all spayed and neutered and vaccinated)

  24. Where I live, you can't adopt a cat without promising to get the animal fixed, and the proper injections are given before you can take them home.

  25. We found our kitty Felicity as a starving feral at 8 weeks old. I lured her with chicken and we went straight to the vet. Since then, she has been spayed and has all of her vaccinations. Now she is 1 year old and we cannot imagine life without her.

  26. This woman and Jackson Galaxy are my 2 favourite cat people! Both are real experts with cats as well as full of tats and say it like it is.

  27. You've given me hope now if all liberals could follow that example and stop embarrassing that group we could have an amazing world.

  28. That`s what happened with my Cat. A Friend gave her to me at 5 Weeks old for 20 € (or 22$ ) She was not Litter Trained, had a hard time Eating and the Family of my friend was Anti-Vaccs with their cat. So I had to Pay for the Vet-Check, spay, the Deworm and Vaccination. I dont Regret it, because I could give at least her a god home, but I am not on speaking Terms anymore with this Friend, because how she treated and treates her Cats.

  29. I was given my kitty outside of a Walmart and I got him neutered right away and made sure he was healthy and got all his vaccinations for free! My boy is 6 years old now and he just got a sister that is 3 1/2 months old(adopted from a shelter)

  30. I can understand their dilemma. It is expensive to get them sterilized. I am on disability and it is tough to pay for my medical needs. We started feeding feral kittens and have only recently "tamed" them. And are now trying to get them all sterilized. I admire the work you are doing and know you are amazing!

  31. I already figured out before clicking this clip that your car stopped as soon as you saw free kitten's. Who can up on free bundle's of joy and happiness, especially you.

  32. The lady that gave away the kittens shouldn't even have cats at all . she should be banned having cats , and stop breeding them for her to give away those kittens that need their mother . (I Believe she was breeding cats an then lied they were breeding alot -which cats don't-.

    Hope those kittens get better homes than that lady throwing kittens .

  33. I got two of my cats for free, but much to my disgusted the owner lied to me and told be they were 8 weeks old they were not ever a month old. So I went and started bottle feeding them till they were 10 weeks old. Once they were 6 months old I got them desexed. My last kitten I got from a shelter she was 14 weeks old desexed wormed vaccinated and microchipped. Unfortunately my eldest past away and that's cause she got outside and got hit by a car. I recommend anyone wanting a kitten to go to a shelter most in Australia are under very strict rules and regulations say you have to have your cat desexed by six months

  34. Okay but when I was little we had a cat that wouldn’t stop getting pregnant, we had no time in between litters to get her fixed

  35. I love your channel! In one week we will adopt our second kitten. We apoted out first kitten four years ago and we were so ignorend. She was way too young and came from a bad home. Our vet really helped us out though. This time around we know so much more and can provide much better care. Also thanks to your channel! Our four year old cat is a happy healthy one now, we really invested in her and understand that she will always be a little different because she was so young when we got her. She’s a bit scared sometimes, but over the years she became more confident and very social. It was a lot of work to get her there, but I do now understand how big a responsibility a cat is. And I love her so damn much! Hope she will get a long with the new kitten and have a new playmate for life.

  36. I subscribed I love kitten and I have one my own, my kitten is growing into a little 1 year old
    I love kittens and you inspire me to help animals like kittens as well.

  37. I picked up a kitten from a garage sale one time. By the time I got there, there was only one left. I would have taken them all. I foster kittens and I could not see them go who knows where from a garage sale. She had health issues and only lived 2 years. I hope the rest of the litter was better off that our poor Moonshadow.

  38. I will fully admit it. I was in Wisconsin and on our way home there was a sign that said free kittens. I also immediately turned around and went in to see these kittens. All 6 brothers and sisters. The old couple has 3 cats of their own and the kittens were abandoned by their mother outside their house. They unfortunately couldn't keep more cats in the house, and they needed people to take in a kitten or they would have to have been given up at a shelter and potentially get euthanized. So I brought a little one home. Her name is Dawn. She has her vaccines and deworming, going back for her booster shots next month!!!! It was definitely out of impulse. But I really wanted to give my little Dawn a home. I fell to the free kitten trap. But I'm very glad I brought her home!

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