Help a Cat or Kitten in LA Today!
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
Kitten Rescue is one of the largest and most respected animal welfare groups in Los Angeles. Our mission is to rescue and find new loving homes for unwanted cats and kittens. Kitten Rescue showcases adoptable kittens and cats on their website, at permanent adoption installations (PETCOand PetSmart), at Sanctuary open houses, and during adoption events. For those less adoptable cats, Kitten Rescue provides them with the necessary care and love -- allowing them to live out their lives comfortably and safely.
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 Everyday
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
If you have a suitable home for a kitten or cat and want to welcome in a wonderful new companion, please consider adopting from Kitten Rescue. View available kittens and cats via the Kitten Rescue website, by visiting any of the regular Kitten Rescue adoption events (upcoming events can be found here), or arrange a visit to the Kitten Rescue Sanctuary.
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
Whether you call Los Angeles home or you're from across the country or the world, you still have the power to touch the lives of the many deserving, wonderful animals in our care. There are many ways you can help, and every dollar means so much. The kitties thank you! To make a donation, click here.
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 [email protected]
Sponsor a Kitten or Cat at Kitten Rescue
Kitten Rescue's Sponsorship Program raises money for Kitten Rescue by connecting cats housed in our sanctuary with cat lovers like you! The best part is you can be a sponsor from anywhere across the globe. The Kitten Rescue sanctuary is home to approximately 150 cats at any given time. Many of these cats require special medical attention, are not socialized, or are unlikely to be adopted for a number of other reasons. These cats live out their lives at the sanctuary, if necessary, and we are dedicated to providing them necessary and loving care. In the Kitten Rescue Sponsorship Program, donors sponsor a sanctuary cat to help cover the costs of caring for these cats and the sanctuary they live in. If you are interested in sponsoring a Kitten Rescue cat, please click here.
Volunteer with Kitten Rescue
While Kitten Rescue is fortunate to have a number of fabulous volunteers, we are always looking for more. If you are interested, there are many ways you can get involved! Even if you only have an hour a week to help out, that's okay, we always are happy to have the help. If you are interested in volunteering, please click here.
Foster a Kitten or Cat from Kitten Rescue
Since we only have space for about 150 cats at the Sanctuary, Kitten Rescue always has an urgent need for foster parents. Fostering is a richly rewarding experience because when you take in one or more foster cats, you are personally responsible for saving their lives. Whether you can care for one cat or many, once or frequently, we would love for you to become a Foster Parent at whatever level of commitment you choose. Plus we offer training, guidance, and lots of moral support. To complete a foster application, click here.
Board Your Cat at KR
Kitten Rescue offers boarding services and uses the proceeds from its boarding facility to help support the rescue and care for the Kitten Rescue kittens and cats. We provide roomy accommodations and outstanding care and attention delivered by our knowledgeable and compassionate staff and volunteers. To learn more about Kitten Rescue Boarding, please click here. By boarding your cats with us, even your cats can help homeless cats!
MORE RESCUE RESOURCES
Here are more suggestions of organizations providing animal rescue, shelter and neuter services. Find one in your area below or go to Network for Good and search for Animal Rescue or Shelter organizations near you — then volunteer or donate today!
These websites have national networks you can tap into for shelters, adoption services or volunteer opportunities: