Help a Cat or Kitten in LA Today!
Contributed by Kitten Rescue
Unwanted, abandoned, lost, and feral cats are too often taken to or picked up by shelters. While a few are adopted or retrieved by their owners, the vast majority are euthanized. In Los Angeles County the number of animals killed per year is over 100,000! These are not just sick and injured animals, this figure also includes adoptable kittens and healthy cats -- all that could have been given another chance at a life. This is where Kitten Rescue and other like-minded humane organizations come in to help.
NEW HOMES AND LOVING CARE
Founded in 1997, Kitten Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer run organization that places over 1000 cats and kittens into new homes each year! In 2006, Kitten Rescue acquired a private, no-kill shelter that has become the Kitten Rescue Sanctuary. The Sanctuary can house approximately 150 cats at a time. Our other cats are either housed throughout Los Angeles County with Kitten Rescue foster parents or at permanent adoption installations at several PETCO and PetSmart stores across Los Angeles and surrounding areas. At these stores, Kitten Rescue cats are housed in enclosures allowing them to be viewed by shoppers and considered for adoption during all open store hours. Kitten Rescue provides all the care for these animals through the help of our volunteers with the stores providing us the space and opportunity. These cats are generally rotated once a month.
Kitten Rescue also has a boarding facility that offers quality care for your cat(s) while you are away. Our caring staff and volunteers provide our cat clients with all the love, attention, care, and service they could ever need along with roomy accommodations. Equally important, the proceeds from Kitten Rescue Boarding go to support the care of Kitten Rescue cats.
Kitten Rescue takes cat care very seriously. Cats rescued by Kitten Rescue have all of their medical needs addressed, and prior to adoption, every cat is spayed/neutered, tested for leukemia and FIV, vaccinated, dewormed, treated for fleas, and microchipped. We do not shy away from those that require special needs: mom cats with litters, kittens that need to be bottle fed, cats that need socialization, and sick/injured animals -- all are welcome at Kitten Rescue! We also rescue dogs in special circumstances and provide them the same level of service and love that we do to our kittens and cats.
As you can imagine, it takes quite a budget -- well over $300,000 a year -- to keep Kitten Rescue running and able to provide all that we do for the kittens and cats of Los Angeles. We are fortunate to have a number of regular donors (with new donors every day), generous sponsors, successful donation events, and the funding we receive through our boarding facility. However, this all isn't enough nor does it allow us to expand. Therefore we also have an annual fundraising event, Kitten Rescue's Fur Ball at the Skirball. This annual event started in 2008 and has continued to be a great success -- thanks in part to the event's host, longtime Kitten Rescue supporter and former volunteer, Jenna Fischer (of "The Office"). The event regularly features fantastic entertainment, a silent auction with amazing items, fun themed cocktails, and a delicious vegetarian dinner. To see pictures from past events, please click here.SUCCESS STORIES EVERY DAY
Kitten Rescue has been behind many kitten and cat success stories over the years. A recent one involves Blackwell, a Kitten Rescue resident for a number of years, who had recently been living with a Kitten Rescue foster parent. A mature cat, Blackwell also suffers from Glaucoma that has created a bluish cloudiness across both eyes. His eye ailment and age had put him in the not likely to be adopted category, but thankfully he was introduced to a fantastic family that has welcomed him into their home with open arms. The latest update from Blackwell and his new parents is that all is well and both could not be happier. Blackwell has made himself at home and is acting like a kitten -- even though he's 11 years old. It gives us great joy that we get to be part of such happy endings for deserving kittens and cats like Blackwell.
These tough economic times have been hard on so many, and a number of families have had to turn over their pets when times turned bad. Kitten Rescue has taken in a record number of pets from families who could no longer support their pet or when living arrangements became uncertain. This has only added to the already large problem of abandoned kittens and cats. So, now more than ever, Kitten Rescue needs donations, support, volunteers, etc. Please visit our site or look below to see how you can help today!HOW YOU CAN HELP
Here's what you can do to help the kittens and cats of Los Angeles and surrounding areas:
Adopt from Kitten Rescue
And don't be fooled by the name, Kitten Rescue also rescues and finds homes for dogs. If the companion you desire is of the canine variety, please visit Kitten Rescue's dog adoption page by clicking here.
Donate to Kitten Rescue
Also, if you have goods or services that you think would make for a fantastic silent auction item for Kitten Rescue's annual Fur Ball at the Skirball, please contact our auction committee at Auction@KittenRescue.org
Sponsor a Kitten or Cat at Kitten Rescue
Volunteer with Kitten Rescue
Foster a Kitten or Cat from Kitten Rescue
Board Your Cat at KR