FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) – Take a trip through the Franklin County Humane Society and meows will greet you around every corner. Spring is known as kitten season, and this shelter is preparing for an influx of cats.

Adoptions are needed to make room for others likely on the way. Some kittens come in too young to be adopted right away.

“They’re usually too young to be adopted out, so we try to get them into foster homes. That means they go with their litter mates until they’re old enough to be spayed and neutered, tested, vaccinated, and ready to go,” said Kerry Lowary with the Franklin County Humane Society.

Staff said younger kittens crave development that happens outside of a shelter environment. 

“There are several foster families that rotate litters of kittens. We have fosters that specialize in orphaned kittens that need to be bottle-fed. We have fosters who specialize in special needs kittens they may have some sort of developmental issue. It takes all kinds of folks to help raise 4 to 500 kittens every year,” Lowary said.


Whether it’s taking home a full-grown cat, or temporarily caring for a kitten, both are crucial to the shelter’s mission. 

“There’s always somebody to greet you when you get home especially if you live alone. They’re social animals, they love to be around people,” Lowary said.

The shelter is in the process of building a new facility, with more room but in the meantime is utilizing the space they have and hoping you can help out with much needed adoptions.

For more information on adopting or fostering, click here.