The DFW Kitten Network

The DFW Kitten Network is a partnership between local animal shelters and rescue groups created to save the lives of area kittens. Each Spring, Texas shelters and rescues begin overflowing with homeless kittens in need of care and adoptive homes; our goal is to optimize our lifesaving efforts by working hand in hand with each other and the community.

Members of the DFW Kitten Network include:

Dallas Cat Lady, SPCA of Texas, Cat Matchers, Feral Friends Community Cat Alliance, Dallas Pets Alive!, Kitty Save, Rockwall Pets, Dallas Animal Services, Spay Neuter Network

Resources from DFW Kitten Network

Not sure what to do if you’ve found kittens in your community? Check out the resources below from DFW Kitten Network. If you still need help, you can also text “KITTEN” to (833) 936-0421 for information and resources delivered straight to your mobile device.

Finding Orphaned Kittens

Not all kittens need help. The best place for kittens is with their mother, so before you scoop up kittens you find outdoors, it is important to determine if they’re truly orphans or if mom is hiding or hunting nearby. If mom is nearby, let her be the one to care for them until they are 8-weeks-old. Mom is their best chance of survival. After the kittens are 8-weeks-old, the DFW Kitten Network can help you make sure both mom and kittens are spayed/neutered.


Mom might be scared to come back if you’re watching her nest. Try leaving a ring of flour around the kittens and checking back after a few hours to see if you can see mom’s footprints. Follow the chart below to determine what to do next.

Helping Kittens That Have Been Orphaned

Unfortunately, there are times when kittens become permanently separated from their mothers. In this case, it is important to get them appropriate care. You’d make a great foster parent! If you’re willing to care for the kittens until they’re two months old (or weigh 2 lbs) and can be fixed for adoption, call 311 and let them know you’re interested in being a finder foster. If you’re unable to care for the kittens, we’re still here to help. If you found confirmed orphaned, critically sick, or injured kittens within the city of Dallas, call 311 and we will work to find them a foster within our program or with one of our rescue partners.

Additional Resources for Caring for Orphaned Kittens

(**If you’re unable to care for kittens, please call 311 to report kittens in need of care. Do not bring them to the shelter. Due to COVID-19 and our adjusted shelter operations, the only non-staff permitted inside the building are those who believe we have their missing pet and approved volunteers.)

Didn't Find the Kittens in the City of Dallas?

Reach out to one of the groups in the DFW Kitten Network for help! (Some services for these groups may have changed due to COVID-19.) Once kittens have reached 8 weeks of age, we encourage you to seek spay/neuter services for TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) or prior to rehoming the kittens.

Get more information about the DFW Kitten Network