Buchsbaum said that while people who find kittens and take them to a rescue usually have the best of intentions, it's better to wait and see if their mom is actually still around. If she is, the kittens are much better off staying put with her.
"Mom does all the hard work," she said.
Without mom, it's up to the Kitten Nursery, which has its work cut out for it, especially come spring, which heralds the start of kitten season (typically running April to October). In April 2016, as kitten season got underway, Best Friends LA took in 322 kittens under 8 weeks. Last December, they only took in 29. Open since February 2013, the Kitten Nursery had saved 4,975 kittens by the end of last year.