Trying to seduce a stray kitten

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Street animals are hardier and more resourceful than you give them credit for. OP here is trying to do something very noble, and trapping a kitten in a ventilated garage for a few hours won't kill it any more than it being outside exposed to any other feral or wild animals.
You won't get many shots at this though, if the trap fails, set it up again. If you try to chase it or corner it amd fail you'll get a good scratching and the kitten won't approach you again at all
While I do agree, I still would not do that then. I would just notify animal control and let them handle it. It is a very kind thing for @biofish to do but I would be looking at all the risks.
So my vote goes to either immediately taking the kitten to a shelter or notifying proper authorities.
 

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The closest one is SPCALA. And it does sound like the best route….

But at the same time her three dogs wouldn’t stand a chance and are not adoptable. The unspayed female dog has a large and growing tumor on her stomach. One of the dogs I don’t know the gender of has a hard time walking and the lady has mentioned that he’s (all her animals get refered to with the he pronoun so I can’t be sure of its actual gender and I rarely see it outside. I only ever see the lady walking the male dog) sick. And the other one is a male dog who sounds like he has behavioral issues. All the dogs are at least 10 years old.

I’ll have to try tapping the kitten again with some tuna…. Because I do wanna at least get it neutered. Difficulty there is just the other cats also wanting the tuna.

I feel trapped between a rock and a hard place 😖
Those poor dogs. I would think that is even more reason to report them. Sounds as though they are suffering without vet care, and will continue to suffer and die long slow painful deaths rather than a painless euthanisation, if that is what happens. Some tumours are benign and can be lived with or easily operated on, and older dogs with arthritis are sometimes adopted.

My older, since passed dog had arthritis, and pain/inflammation medication for him wasn't that expensive and helped reduce his pain and extend his active life for several years. I wouldn't want to imagine him going around being forced to live without it. That's not an improvement over euthanisation.
 

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Since the animals are obviously suffering, contact your local Animal Care & Control department at your town/city hall. If you can go there with photo's of the animals, that would help too.

DO NOT under ANY circumstances put yourself in harms way with thiese animals. They are unsocialised, probably in alot of pain which makes them very unpredictable, they are likely to have infestations of fleas and ticks (both of which will transfer to you and can cause significant illness for you), there is also a very strong possibility of mange (Sarcoptic and Demodectic) - Sarcoptic is HIGHLY contagious to both other animals and humans. Then you have the more serious health issues of cancer, AIDS, anaemia, Parvovirus and leukaemia....and the worst of all, Rabies.

All of the above health issues are extremely common in hoarder animals, not all are treatable and many will spread to your other pets and you and your family. This makes you basic allegery to cats VERY minor in comparison

Get in touch with the authorities, they know how to handle these situations safely and securely.

Many a good intention has ended up in tragedy, so let those who are trained get on with dealing with these animals. As someone who worked alongside these agencies, it is heartbreaking to see the animals suffer but you NEED to take a step back and let them deal with it. Hoarding is so commonplace, I have seen it too many times myself and it breaks my heart every single time and every single time all I ever wanted to do was go give the animals a cuddle.....but I knew that cuddle had the potential to not just make me very unwell, but could actually kill me if that animal bit or scratched me.

So PLEASE let the professionals deal with this. You have a good heart and the best thing you can do for the lady and her animals is get the authorities involved as soon as possible and step back and let them work with her and get the animals to safety....even if that means euthanasia cos at least they will not be in pain anymore.
 

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Since the animals are obviously suffering, contact your local Animal Care & Control department at your town/city hall. If you can go there with photo's of the animals, that would help too.

DO NOT under ANY circumstances put yourself in harms way with thiese animals. They are unsocialised, probably in alot of pain which makes them very unpredictable, they are likely to have infestations of fleas and ticks (both of which will transfer to you and can cause significant illness for you), there is also a very strong possibility of mange (Sarcoptic and Demodectic) - Sarcoptic is HIGHLY contagious to both other animals and humans. Then you have the more serious health issues of cancer, AIDS, anaemia, Parvovirus and leukaemia....and the worst of all, Rabies.

All of the above health issues are extremely common in hoarder animals, not all are treatable and many will spread to your other pets and you and your family. This makes you basic allegery to cats VERY minor in comparison

Get in touch with the authorities, they know how to handle these situations safely and securely.

Many a good intention has ended up in tragedy, so let those who are trained get on with dealing with these animals. As someone who worked alongside these agencies, it is heartbreaking to see the animals suffer but you NEED to take a step back and let them deal with it. Hoarding is so commonplace, I have seen it too many times myself and it breaks my heart every single time and every single time all I ever wanted to do was go give the animals a cuddle.....but I knew that cuddle had the potential to not just make me very unwell, but could actually kill me if that animal bit or scratched me.

So PLEASE let the professionals deal with this. You have a good heart and the best thing you can do for the lady and her animals is get the authorities involved as soon as possible and step back and let them work with her and get the animals to safety....even if that means euthanasia cos at least they will not be in pain anymore.

All of this.
You have to also consider that even if somehow you trapped, tamed, neutered, and rehomed this kitten - all of which is very risky, difficult and unlikely - that it's just one kitten of many suffering animals, and that more kittens will inevitably be on the way in a semi-feral population like this. The answer is to treat the source of the problem and keep on beating on these agencies doors until something is done. I'm not in the US, but the RSPCA is similarly useless in many cases, so I truly think you'll have more success taking photos/video/other evidence to the adult welfare agencies and arguing it from that point of view. And/or getting animal charities in your area involved and helping you fight the case. They're also more likely to have contacts within the relevant agencies.
 

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