Dinner was late on Sunday. Not because of that weird, flippy thing that humans do with their clocks every year about this time, but because Kitten Rescue held a St. Catrick’s Day open house at their sanctuary and my human offered to help them break down once it was over. Since it was for a worthy cause, I gave her a pass (although someone did puke in the hallway while she was gone).
Kitten Rescue actually doesn’t just rescue kittens, although they do save them from Los Angeles city shelters (kittens under two pounds are routinely euthanized, but the group has made arrangements to step in and take them). They have loads of adult cats at their sanctuary, which also has a boarding facility. Only a small percentage of their rescues live there. Most of them live with foster families until they are adopted. Kitten Rescue is a very big animal welfare group — each year they place around 1,000 cats and kittens into new homes. Since starting in 1997, they have rescued and homed over 10,000 kitties.
At the St. Catrick’s Day open house, they served veggie dogs and treats and even had green beer, plus there were all the cats for everyone to visit. My human got photos of some of the cats. This one was in a big enclosure and staring down at her from above.
I smelled this guy here when my human came home because she spent a lot of time petting him. I think his name might be Felix, because he looked like the Felix on the Adoptable Sanctuary Cats page. The clipped ear tip suggests that he was feral at one time, but he didn’t act it. He asked for attention, purred loudly, and happily kneaded the towel that he was relaxing on.
Along with the food, the volunteers set up tables that explained some of the things that Kitten rescue does in addition to rescuing kitties — helping to educate and promote responsible pet ownership, giving bottle-feeding classes during kitten season, and working very hard so that some day, Los Angeles becomes a no-kill city. They also had some items for sale, including very cool artwork by some of the sanctuary cats! A couple of the pieces were even framed. There are some very talented cats living there.
Before my human got busy gathering up all the decorations and putting away the food, she went into the cat shelter one last time. She thought one friendly cat was coming up to say hi. But she wasn’t — she was heading for a very familiar looking cat toy:
I’m glad to see that someone is getting some use out of it!