SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A Good Samaritan discovered a cat and her 11 kittens inside a downtown dumpster San Diego recently.
The San Diego Humane Society said it's now caring for the cat and her kittens, which is a rare size for any litter.
“A healthy litter this size is incredibly uncommon and certainly not something we see every day in the nursery,” said Jackie Noble, SDHS kitten nursery manager.
The Good Samaritan told SDHS it didn't appear the cat was dumped there and may have been using the dumpster as a safe place to hide and care for her kittens.
SDHS said the animals are all in good health. The animals will remain there until the kittens are ready to be put up for adoption and the mother is spayed.
"As cute as the kittens are, a litter this large highlights the importance of spaying and neutering. It is critical for the community to work together to spay and neuter community cats," the humane society says.
Cats can become pregnant every three months, so it's possible for one cat to have more than 200 kittens in her lifetime, SDHS says.
For more information on SDHS' programs for community cats, click here.