This is a public service announcement...
During Feburary through March and May through June, every rescue organization and shelter braces for "Kitten Season" and an overwhelm of adorable bundles of fur.
Because of this overwhelm, many shelters can only keep the kittens for a very few days before putting them to sleep. So, at this time of year, taking feral cats or kittens to a shelter can be a virtual certain death sentence. Dedicated foster caregivers are worth their weight in gold.
It's particularly tough for adult feral cats who have not been hand-trained...in most cases, they are considered "unadoptable" and put to sleep immediately because there simply aren't the resources to hold them safely, much less domesticate them!
Are there alternatives? Yes.
If you have been adopted by a momma cat and her babies, and you want a no-kill solution - or if you've fallen in love with them and want to care for them yourself (you wonderful person!)- check this great Squidoo resource lens for a wealth of advice and resources:
How To Save Feral Cats and Stop Overpopulation With TNR
The author, Frankie Kangas, is a good friend and a veteran foster caregiver with years of experience in trapping and caring for feral cats. She's an expert resource worth checking out!
For two great FAQs on helping feral cats in your area, see The Humane Society of the US or (for in-depth info) Alleycat Allies
For Feral Cat events in your area, check out the Alleycat Allies calendar.
For advice on protecting your feral colony against a disaster, see http://www.alleycat.org/DisasterTips