Published : Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 5:01 AM
The Pasadena Humane Society is preparing for the expected influx of young, homeless kittens at animal shelters during the spring and summer months as it launches Kitten Week, a week-long awareness and action campaign, from April 23 through 29 to encourage community members to spay/neuter their pets, adopt and get involved.
Many of the kittens that arrive at the PHS shelter have not yet reached the two pound minimum weight required for adoption. These 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.
“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 PHS and SPCA. “We are asking the community to step up by donating, adopting, fostering and, most importantly, spaying/neutering their pet cats.”
From April 23 to 28, PHS is offering free spay and neuter services for cats and kittens. You can make an appointment through www.pasadenahumane.org/
Two-for-one cat adoptions are available during the week of April 23-29, where you can adopt one cat, and take a second one home with no additional adoption fee. You can view available pets through www.pasadenahumane.org/adopt/
On Wednesday, April 25, PHS will be holding a special Foster a Kitten volunteer orientation from 6 to 8 p.m. RSVP through www.pasadenahumane.org/how-
During the entire month of April, PHS will accept donations of supplies to help care for thousands of kittens that are expected to flood the shelter. Donors can choose from a PHS wishlist on Amazon. Donors will be entered to win a Kitten Experience Giveaway – either a kitten communal experience or a kitten nursery tour for you and three guests. Two grand prizes will be awarded.
On April 28, kids from 8 to 12 can attend a special kitten-themed Animal Adventures Workshop at PHS from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Visit www.pasadenahumane.org/
In addition to the hundreds of kittens taken in from the local community each year, the PHS has committed to take in 1,000 underage kittens from LA County Animal Services in partnership with the American SPCA in 2018.
If you are unable to participate in Kitten Week, PHS offers public spay/neuter services, volunteer opportunities, pet adoptions, and children’s programs throughout the year.
Free spay/neuter services are offered for healthy cats living in the PHS’s animal control contract cities including Pasadena, Altadena, Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada-Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose, Monrovia, San Marino, Sierra Madre, and South Pasadena. Additional fees may apply at the discretion of the veterinarian.