KCRA Sacramento Animal Shelter–Overwhelmed with Abandoned Kittens

Published On May 17, 2015 | By Mike Carroll | KCRA-TV, Mike's TV News Stories

This last Friday morning, Gina Knepp, manager of the Sacramento Animal Shelter on Front Street e-mailed the KCRA-3 News assignment desk telling us that the day before they had a record sixty — 60 — kittens dropped off. This is an astounding number of animals to have surrendered to the shelter in one day. And this is only the number of kittens that were dropped off — not all the other adult cats, dogs, puppies, or any other type of animal.

In Edit Bay #10, A.K.A. Mike Carroll's bay, editing the kittens story.

In Edit Bay #10, A.K.A. Mike Carroll’s bay, editing the kittens story.

The staggering thing to this is that in just this past month of May — which is only two weeks so far — the Sacramento Animal Shelter has had over 215 kittens dropped off. This is even more of a dilemma because these are underage kittens that are only a few days to a few weeks old. They still need constant attention for feeding and to have their bathroom problems taken care of because they don’t know how to do this themselves. A momma cat would be caring for them for all these needs.

Also — by law a kitten must be at least 8 weeks old before it can be adopted — and must weigh at least 2 pounds, because a cat has to weigh 2 pounds before it can be spayed.

Spaying is the problem. If more cat owners would spay their cats — and dogs — so that they can’t have litters then there would not be this dilemma.

And the Sacramento Animal Shelter estimates that just in the City of Sacramento alone there are 70,000 loose cats, which are wild and feral and reproducing, making matters worse.


On top of all this, the Sacramento Animal Shelter has a no-kill policy. So none of these animals, unless their heath was so seriously impaired, will be euthanized.

Adopting out the kittens is not a problem. Kittens will get adopted.

It is fostering.


The Sacramento Animal Shelter needs people who will volunteer to foster these kittens until they are old enough to be adopted out.

Anyone willing to volunteer should contact

I have been involved with greyhound fostering and it is rich and personally rewarding. And seeing the dogs go off to a forever home is always a happy ending.

Please spay your pets and, if you have the time and the commitment, get involved with fostering.




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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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