In order to rescue them, each kitten and the mom would have to be lured out from underneath the house, as there was no way to go in and get them. The kittens had never had any human contact before, and trying to get them to come straight into the arms of the rescuers would be extremely difficult.
"Their mother was not much better, and if we removed the kittens before capturing her, we risked her moving on and becoming pregnant again within the month," Gellel said.
In the first two nights after discovering the family, rescuers were able to lure out and secure three of the kittens fairly easily. Gellel took the kittens home to foster them, and could see that they were dirty, flea-ridden and anemic - meaning the remaining kitten was as well, and desperately needed to be rescued.