Sorry to be long winded, but I could really use some advice.... Until last week I worked at a residential home for adults with learning disabilities and/or mental health illnesses . One of the residents bought a kitten on Gumtree after gaining permission from the home's manager. The female, non- pedigree, kitten was approximately four or five months old. After a week or two it became apparent that the kitten was pregnant. The resident was supported with cat care and eventually the cat gave birth. There were complications with labour and staff at the home supported the resident with seeking veterinary assistance. Thankfully the litter was born and the resident was left with a large bill and given two weeks to pay it. The resident then, 2 days later, decided that they could not cope with the kitten and her litter. I offered to rehome the kitten and her litter and the resident signed a piece of paper giving me the kitten and her litter. I transported them all to my home and they settled in well. Mum and babies are thriving. This is where it gets complicated!....... I left my job at the home 3 days later due to other staff being unpleasant to me. I have handed in my notice and am signed of sick until my notice runs out and my contract of employment expires. I do not have a copy of the paper on which the resident signed the kitten and her litter over to me.... I do,however, have witnesses ( nice staff members). Am I liable for the large labour related veterinary bill incurred before the kitten family were signed over to me? The resident may change her mind about signing the cat over to me and I am concerned that the nastier staff at the home may "loose" the paper that the resident signed. If the resident does indeed change her mind - am I obligated to hand the kitten family back? If there is indeed an ownership dispute I am wondering where I stand? The resident was not given a receipt or any paperwork when the kitten was delivered by its former owners. All the resident has is the invoice for the veterinary bill. The kitten family are settled at my home and the teeny kittens are now a week old and doing well. Mum is fantastic and doing all the hard work. I have booked mum and babies into my local veterinary surgery to be checked in a few weeks. I am happy to pay for worming and flea treatments etc and any other veterinary costs since I took them on. I have also booked mum in to be neutered in eight weeks and plan to keep her indoors until this occurs - ensuring that she doesn't mate again. I have also booked for her to be microchipped with my details while she is under the neutering anaesthetic . As for the teeny kittens, they have doubled their birth weight and doing really well. If anyone has any advice or knowledge to share I'd be very grateful! The resident who signed the family over is prone to mood swings, destructiveness and challenging behaviours. Other residents in the home are the same. I am truly worried that the little family would suffer if they went back. Should I microchip the teeny kittens too? Would microchipping prove ownership of the kittens? Please help!