Published : Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 5:32 AM
Around this time every year animal shelters all over the Southland are preparing for thousands of orphaned felines to be recovered from the streets and the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA’s “Kitten Week” provides animal lovers the chance to give deserving kittens a forever home.
“Kitten Week” is a week-long awareness and action campaign held April 23-29 to encourage community members to spay/neuter adopt and get involved.
“It is the time of the year where we start seeing a lot of kittens and moms with babies coming in the door so we wanted to have some general awareness for people that there are things that they can do to make a difference in the lives of these cutie pies,” said Julie Bank, President/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.
In addition to the hundreds of kittens taken in from the local community each year, the Pasadena Humane Society has committed to take in 1,000 underage kittens from LA County Animal Services in partnership with the ASPCA in 2018.
“The arrival of thousands of kittens, many of which will need extra care before they are placed for adoption, puts a considerable drain on the shelter’s resources,” said Julie Bank, President/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. “We are asking the community to step up by donating, adopting, fostering and, most importantly, spaying/neutering their pet cats.”
Kitten Week features a lineup of special services for those looking to adopt or spay and neuter their pets:
Free Feline Spay/Neuter: Through April 28, the Pasadena Humane Society is offering free spay and neuter for cats and kittens. Appointments available at pasadenahumane.org/snip.
2 for 1 Cat Adoptions: Now through April 29, adopt one cat, take a second one home with no additional adoption fee (kittens may be limited). View pets at pasadenahumane.org/cats.
Foster a Kitten: Join us on Wednesday, April 25 from 6 to 8pm for a special “foster only” volunteer orientation. RSVP at pasadenahumane.org/volunteer.
Donation Drive: With thousands of young kittens about to pour through the doors, we need supplies to help care for them. Donate an item off the shelter’s Amazon wish list the entire month of April: http://a.co/iMFtNxy
Kitten Experience Giveaway: Donate an item off the shelter’s wishlist and be entered to win a kitten communal experience or a kitten nursery tour for you and three guests. Two grand prizes awarded.
Kids Program: On April 28, kids 8-12 can attend a special kitten-themed Animal Adventurers workshop from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Register at pasadenahumane.org/kids.
“We don’t want to have any more unwanted animals that need homes and you can help by getting your animals spayed or neutered,” said Bank.
Many of the kittens that arrive at the Pasadena Humane Society have not yet reached the two-pound minimum weight required for adoption. These small, orphaned kittens spend time in the kitten nursery or live with volunteer foster parents until they are able to be safely spayed/neutered and put up for adoption.
If you are unable to participate in Kitten Week, the Pasadena Humane Society offers public spay/neuter services, volunteer opportunities, pet adoptions, and children’s programs throughout the year.
To learn more about “Kitten Week” and get involved, visit pasadenahumane.org/kittenweek.