I used to work for the local animal shelter, and this time of year is the worst. Kittens come in regularly without their mothers, sometimes only hours or days old.
If you are able, please look into fostering litters of kittens from your local animal shelter. It's a few weeks of your time (between 1wk and 8 wks usually) and it's easy. Most shelters will provide you with everything you need, but whatever you can afford to provide is appreciated.
To explain why fostering is so important: Kittens who are brought to an animal shelter are exposed to every illness there, upper respiratory infections and more. While I worked at the shelter I saw how high the mortality rate of kittens is. In a litter of five, it was common to lose two or three of them, sometimes all. Those with moms are better off because they nurse and get antibodies just like humans. Those without stand little to no chance. Please look into it and save a few.
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