Like many shelters, Best Friends supports trap/neuter/return (TNR) programs for community cats - who give birth to most of the kittens who flood the shelters every year.
"We want to people to understand that if they see a litter of kittens, especially tiny ones, please resist that urge to scoop them up because the mother cat is probably nearby and will return to care for them," Holly Sizemore of Best Friends Animal Society explained in a press release. "Taking them away from her severely lessens the kittens' chances of survival."
The best thing to do is observe the kittens to see if they have a mom, and contact a local rescue group that has a TNR program to make sure she doesn't have any more litters born next kitten season.
For kittens who are abandoned, there are specialized "kitten nurseries" at some shelters, but most will go to foster homes with humans who are willing and able to do the round-the-clock work involved with caring for such young animals.
Contact your local shelter or Humane Society to find out how to help care for kittens this spring.
The bottom line is that tiny, swaddled kittens are undoubtedly adorable, and with the dedicated work of rescue organizations and animal lovers, there could be fewer and fewer purritos who need homes.