Last Litter Program

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What is it?

In our continued effort to reduce pet overpopulation in the local and surrounding communities, the Humane Society of Utah is happy to now offer the Last Litter program, aimed at helping families that have had litters of kittens. In the past two years, the Humane Society of Utah has received over 1,500 kittens from the local community that did not have homes. Under this program, we will help prevent unplanned litters by working with pet owners of mother cats with kittens. We will vaccinate the kittens to keep them healthy, spay/neuter them when old enough, then adopt them into loving homes. We also vaccinate and spay the mother to prevent future litters, improve her health, and lengthen her lifespan. 

How much does it cost?

For the mother, there is no cost to be spayed, microchipped, and vaccinated. There is a $90 surrender fee for the litter of kittens. This will help cover their intake exam, vaccinations, microchipping, spaying or neutering, and daily care while in shelter.

How does it work?

Reach out as soon as possible to see if we can assist you. Even if your cat is currently pregnant, we can provide guidance and/or assistance.
  • Only cats and adoptable kittens at this time.
  • Litter of kittens cannot exceed 5 months of age to qualify. 
  • Participants of the program must be owned pets. Stray animals will need to be taken to your local municipal shelter.
  • Mother cat and all kittens will be examined by our staff technicians. Our veterinarian must determine that your mama cat is healthy enough for surgery. They can be declined if determined to be unfit for surgery for any reason. 
  • The kittens will be examined for any symptoms of illness. We are unable to accept any litters showing symptoms that may be related to a contagious disease or illness that would put the other cats in our shelter at risk.
  • In addition to the health requirements listed above, your pets must be safe to handle by our staff. We may be unable to accept any pets that behave aggressively towards people.
  • Surgery will be provided through our Pet Retention Program, free of charge for the mom and reduced rates for dad (if owned). 
  • After surgery, the mom and/or dad is returned to the owner and the Utah Humane Society will adopt the kittens through our adoption program.
  • The Humane Society of Utah does not guarantee the acceptance of all animals into this program. We hold the right to decline the intake of animals that do not pass our evaluation process or meet our intake guidelines. We are unable to humanely house or rehome feral cats. However, in many cases, young kittens can learn to be friendly and social with people if they receive enough interaction and handling. Check out these resources from The Kitten Lady to learn how to socialize a shy or feral kitten. A feral cat is an unsocialized or free-roaming cat that is not comfortable with human contact. They are sometimes referred to as “community cats,” “working cats,” or “barn cats." If you have an adult feral cat that you need to have spayed or neutered, please reach out to the Humane Society of Utah’s CATNIP program. Read tips about what you should do if you find a single kitten or a nest of kittens outside.

 

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