Arizona animal shelters are overflowing with animals and an influx of kittens is making the situation even more tricky.
Arizona Humane Society says they are at a "crisis level" with kittens and cats with more than 800 in their care. The kittens came in through a long, busy kitten season and more animal rescues.
What to do if you see stray kittens
AHS says many people don't know what to do when they see a litter of stray or feral kittens and often default to rescuing them.
However, rescuing them and bringing them in usually is not the answer.
AHS says in most cases, kittens found alone are only alone for a short time and their mother will likely be back soon. Staying with their mother is "critical" to their survival, according to AHS.
If you are sure the kittens have been abandoned, then you can step in and provide them care.
Caring for orphaned kittens
AHS has a Care-in-Place Program to help ease their load at the shelter and make it easier for finders to care for kittens at their home.
They will provide all necessary tools like care kits, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgeries and training until they are ready for their forever homes. They even have a YouTube tutorial on how to bottle-feed them.
If you're interested in adopting from AHS or getting more information on rescues and care, click here.