On the flip side, there are people out there willing to adopt, but Kasper said it will be another month or so before any of the seven kittens get a permanent home away from the shelter.
"In another five weeks, they should be at the point where they are lapping milk," Kasper said. "At that point, we can see about adopting them out."
Shelter animals are better in his opinion, because after spending so much time in a small cage, to be freed by a loving individual really means something.
"They know the feeling of compassion and love. They know you're doing something for them."
As for solving the mystery of how the kittens got in the dumpster, authorities will need help from the public.
"There's not a whole lot we can do right now unless someone comes forward and says they saw this person doing it," Kasper said. There are abandonment issues and issues with cruelty. I mean, all they had to do was call us up. We would have gladly taken them in."
The situation also comes at a time when the Animal Shelter operation is being reorganized. It is now coupled with code enforcement in the Neighborhood Services Department and is employing new positions. Amy Jackson, one of the new Neighborhood Services officers, helped Kasper on the call about the kittens.