Miniature tiger sharks are expected to make landfall in Pasadena this April as Kitten Season 2018 washes ashore. Every year, animal shelters around the country are flooded with young, homeless kittens during the spring and summer months. To help prepare for the arrival of thousands of young, orphaned kittens, the Pasadena Humane Society is launching “Kitten Week,” a week-long awareness and action campaign held April 23-29, to encourage community members to spay/neuter adopt and get involved.
• Free Feline Spay/Neuter: From April 23-April 28, the Pasadena Humane Society is offering free spay & neuter for cats and kittens.* Make an appointment.
• 2-for-1 Cat Adoptions: During the week of April 23-April 29, adopt one cat, take a second one home with no additional adoption fee (kittens may be limited). View pets.
• Foster a Kitten: Join us on Wednesday, April 25 from 6 to 8pm for a special “foster only” volunteer orientation. RSVP.
• 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 wishlist the entire month of April.
• 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.
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.
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.”
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.
*Free spay/neuter is offered for healthy cats living in the Pasadena Humane Society’s animal control contract cities: Altadena, Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada-Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre, and South Pasadena. Additional fees may apply at the discretion of the veterinarian.