While there are plenty of success stories for dogs, our feline friends always seem to be neglected when it comes to receiving the love and care that they need. Kitten Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization devoted to finding loving homes for unwanted, homeless cats and kittens. They educate the public about the responsibilities of pet ownership, how to care for cats and kittens, and the importance of spaying and neutering.
According to the website, Kitten Rescue makes educational material available via events, print, school presentations and on the Kitten Rescue website. They also provide Trap-Neuter-Return assistance for communities in and around Los Angeles, and teach people how to manage and care for feral cat colonies.
When asked how the cats were prepared in order to be put up for adoption, Lindsay Reeves, the kitten nursery manager, answered, “Once these cats and kittens are rescued from the streets, they are put into quarantine, separating them from the rest of the rescued cats. Tests are run to determine their health condition and to track any disease that they may have.”
As soon as the cats are ready for adoption, any prospective adopters can visit the Kitten Rescue website, www.kittenrescue.org, select a cat or kitten, and begin the process of adopting a rescued cat. Kitten Rescue can also provide vaccinations, flea treatments, spaying, and neutering in order to help the new adopting parent.
If adoption is not an option, there are many ways in which you can help. Volunteering at Kitten Rescue and socializing with the housed cats is almost equally as important as adopting or fostering a cat or kitten. Newer cats tend to be feral, or unaccustomed to human interaction. However, with frequent visits from volunteers, these cats can learn to be more comfortable with surrounding humans.
In order to become a volunteer, you must first fill out the paperwork through the website, then attend a brief orientation in which a caretaker will walk you through the area and explain the importance of socializing and the location of any supplies that you may need. “There are no restrictions to volunteers, and there is no restrictions or requirements on how often people come in. We want people to come in regularly so they get to know the cats and get to retain any information,” says Josh Hoffman, the administrative coordinator. If location is an issue, there are transports, adoption events, and fundraisers that volunteers and the general public may partake in.
Overall, Kitten Rescue is the best way to adopt, not shop. Take the time to come in and get to know some of the cats in the “Hotel” or visit the kitten room for some adorable baby kittens. These kittens specifically in the kitten room are on a live stream which you can watch 24/7. If you ever feel the need to keep updated or stay in touch with the progress of certain cats, you can always check on any of Kitten Rescue’s social media sites to do so.