I was directed to this group by another animal lover, so thought I would try here first to clarify a couple of points. As a bit of background history: Just over 6 weeks ago, we found 5 adorable kittens in a lady's shed. The kittens and the mom cat (now called Jess) were all successfully caught and brought to the safety of my own summerhouse (that being a much quieter environment than the house!). Jess has done really well, and all kittens have developed really well. During the early weeks Jess was of course with the kittens at all times. But since the kittens have been more mobile Jess was with them less and less. Over the past week, she basically now spends the entire time hidden behind furniture. She only comes out for food when she is absolutely sure that no one is about - and assuming the kittens havent already cleared her bowl as well as their own! The kittens are just coming upto 7 weeks old, and there appears to be no/very little contact between Jess/kittens now. I was initially lead to believe that the kittens can be rehomed at 8 weeks, and that is when Jess needs to pay a visit to the vet to be spayed. however, someone has since stated that it should be 12 weeks minimum. So initially my question is - given the lack of interaction between Jess and the kittens now, is it ok to rehome them at 8 weeks (new homes have been found for them all) Also, as Jess will need to be rehomed after she has recovered from her op...other than Cats Protection League (which doesnt look a hopeful option at the moment) does anyone know of any welfare centres in West Midlands that would provide Jess with a new loving home, with people who would have the patience to build up her trust?