Jeanie, thanks for your warnings and advice. I've been so worried about these little ones that I just broke down this evening. It's so frustrating not knowing the absolute RIGHT thing to do!!! I'm trying to be a good cat mom and take care of these kittens (who aren't mine) in the best way. But what is that best way?!
The thing is this: time is a factor, here. The older the kittens get, the less likely it is that they will make good pets. Also, we will be moving from this house in about 3 weeks, so what happens to them if the new tenants or the landlord comes around, sees the cats, and decides they don't WANT cats on the property. Who would be their first call?: Animal control. I don't want to risk either of those things, so I'm moving as fast as I can to make sure these babies are taken care of.
The woman coming tomorrow is from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah. She finds foster homes for animals who need love. They screen all potential adopters and don't just give animals away. So, I trust her. Here's a link to the organization's website: http://www.coastalpetrescue.org/
I have neither the time or the money to invest in 5 kittens and getting a female spayed, so I am asking for as much help as I can. I know I can't do it. Hopefully, since it's unlikely that the mom will be adopted, we'll be able to find somewhere who will spay and release her. She's a gorgeous girl, but probably wouldn't make a good pet.
I'll let you know what happens tomorrow. The lady is coming with the kittens' foster mommy to get the Grey&White and Caramel kittens. They still haven't found a place for the 3 Black&Whites, but I'm still hoping. And it turns out that my neighbour knows someone who places in-need cats with foster homes, too. So, maybe we'll figure something out.
Keep thinking of us, please!