Kitten Nursery

During the summer feline breeding season, known as kitten season, animal shelters across the country are flooded with homeless and newborn cats. To accommodate this seasonal influx of felines, the ASPCA opened a facility in 2014 dedicated to the care and treatment of neonatal (newborn) kittens. The city’s first high-volume Kitten Nursery provides care for felines too young to survive on their own.


Caring for newborn cats is a time-consuming and resource-intensive process, as these young animals require round-the-clock attention. Now, more than ever, the Nursery relies on foster volunteers to aid in this care. Kittens spend the majority of their time in foster homes, with only those requiring close medical monitoring staying on-site at the ASPCA. The Nursery serves both nursing cats with litters and orphaned kittens that are taken in by Animal Care Centers of New York City (ACC) throughout the five boroughs on a daily basis.

The program has the capacity, both on-site and in foster, to safely house and care for up to 1,600 kittens during a full feline breeding season (April through October) and cared for 1,429 kittens in 2019 alone! 

Want to help the ASPCA Kitten Nursery? You can donate much-needed items directly to the Nursery for kittens in need through our Amazon Charity Lists!