The next Marvel su-purr-hero — Goose the cat — arrives just in time for Kitten Season

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Captain Marvel just shattered the box office ceiling reaching 153 million in its opening weekend. I contributed $16.50 of that with my ticket. I joined the long line with a few hundred self-professed comic geeks anxiously awaiting the latest all-new adventure from a previously unseen period of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The story follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes.

I was there for only two reasons: 1) I LOVE movies with strong female leads, and 2) I’ve been obsessed with Goose the cat since the moment I saw the first movie preview.

Obsessed.

I clearly wasn’t alone in this feline superhero obsession – since Goose has quickly become the film’s breakout star. #Goosethecat is one of the most popular social media hashtags this weekend, in fact.

Goose’s catastrophic success (see what I did there?) and overnight popularity is potentially great news for kitty cats all over the country invigorating people’s interest in having them as pets. And now is the perfect time to be thinking about adopting (or even fostering) a fabulous feline since we are just about to hit our annual kitten season.

Yes, kitten season is actually a thing. A pretty big thing that isn’t always as fun as it sounds. What is kitten season? I’m so glad you asked.

Kitten season is generally when most unaltered cats go into heat. This lasts primarily from March through October. Warmer climates, like ours in Southern California is unique. SoCal experiences two kitten seasons because it is less cold. A female cat can go into heat at any time of year, but the majority do during kitten season and that’s why it puts such a strain on animal shelters and rescues.

Fun Fact: In 2018, Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA fostered 683 cats and kittens during one of the busiest “Kitten Seasons” we’d seen in years.

Ok, maybe that isn’t so much a “fun fact” as it is an exhausting one. Undeniably cute, of course – but exhausting.

I should clarify that kitten fostering isn’t actually the exhausting part. It is incredibly rewarding and fraught with adorable Insta-fame photo opportunities. The exhausting part for us here at the shelter is in the inevitable scramble to find as many foster homes as possible to keep up with the volume of kittens coming in during the late Spring and Summer months.

What do you call a pile of kittens? A meowntain. So in order to prepare for the Everest of feline arrivals this spring, and to recruit willing humans as foster families – we’ve decided to throw a Kitten Shower on Sunday, March 17, from 12 pm – 4 pm.

This won’t be any ordinary kitten shower though. We’re a “go big or go home” kind of crew, so we’re going all out this year by offering a fabulous educational workshop featuring award-winning humane educator, kitten rescuer, and unwavering animal advocate, Hannah Shaw, the Kitten Lady.

Yes, the Kitten Lady is actually a thing – and she’s a pretty big deal. Kitten Lady has amassed a viral social media following and garners “sell out” personal appearances. She shares inspiring and adorable images from the daily life of a kitten advocate on her Instagram and Facebook, and educational videos about kitten care through her YouTube channel.

Hannah’s Saving Kittens’ Lives workshop helps shine a light on the need for foster parents, kitten care, and self-care. Live demos and fun videos bring kitten care to life and show how simple it is for one person to make a big difference. A special Kitten Lady meet-and-greet will be held after the workshop for those with VIP tickets.

We’ll have kitty crafts, face painting, selfie stations and self guided tours through the Neely Cat Center where guests can meet our current purring residents.

For an easy $5 donation, you’ll even be able to name a kitten! I’ve already picked out the name for mine. I shall name her Cleo. She will be purrfect and squishy and amazing.

To be a part of the fun, tickets are only $20. You’ll get the chance to learn more about our foster program and how you can help cats and kittens in your community. You can even take kittens home that day! Come join the crazy cat ladies, and gents, in the Pasadena area talk about all things kitten. Don’t miss out.

Buy your tickets now at bit.ly/KittenxLady