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Kitten Central Of Placer County Incorporated

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: Reduce euthanasia rates for medically dependent neonate kittens through action and education.

Results: Since our inception, our partnership with our local municipal shelter, Placer County Animal Services, has enabled them to reduce their kitten euthanasia rate to 0%. Now we are in the process of expanding our private hospital in the hopes of adding Sacramento County Animal Regulation by 2023. Fingers Crossed!!!!

Target demographics: local rescues and shelters

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 600 kittens to survive and be placed for adoption with our partner shelters and rescues

Geographic areas served: All of Northern California

Programs: a complete medical fostering program for orphaned neonatal kittens 28 days or younger, feral "queen" trap neuter & return, foster care for kittens up to 12 weeks

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lynette Hood M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Where do I start with this EXTRODINARY group of humans. Penny and her angels have been helping with bottle babies and moms with babies for Happy Tails for a bunch of years now…… the dedication, hours and sometimes heartbreak they endure is endless and yet they open their heart back up for the next batch of babies. I can’t thank you all enough for all the help in the past and years to come you are definitely God sent

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Kitten Central for 5 years now. Initially I joined as a foster and one year ago I became Treasurer of the Board. This is an organization that is completely devoted to what they do. Kittens under 28 days of age require intensive care and treatment. Shelters often do not have the resources to provide this care. This is where Kitten Central steps in. They are extremely professional and each kitten is put through a thorough and complete medical protocol. The dedication, professionalism and devotion to their cause makes me proud to be a member of this organization!

Robyn G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with kitten central for a couple years now. It has been tons of fun being able to learn about all the medical help they are able to provide the kittens and being able to foster. I was able to adopt my baby girl Smokey thanks to Kitten Central. They've taken on tons of work helping the masses of homeless cats due to the California fires. It's been a genuine pleasure to be able to be a part of KC.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here once a week. Everyone is extremely friendly and very helpful. They care for their animals so much. They are very careful about cleanliness, health, and happiness of the kittens that they take care of. I have a great time volunteering here.

Claire Moore R.

Donor

Rating: 5

Even though I moved out of California in 2018, I still donate to Kitten Central every month. I can't be a foster mom any more, but I can continue to support the good and important work that this organization does. I know that every dollar of donations is used to help the kittens and to slash feline euthanasia rates in Placer County.

Pat G.5

Donor

Rating: 5

The most caring and thoughtful professionals and volunteers I have ever met. The care they give those tiny kittens day and night is inspiring. I love how excited they are about their mission. So sensitive and caring.

Angela B.10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Starting out as a volunteer foster, and then a few years later becoming part of the medical team, has been an amazing adventure. Kitten Central is very well organized providing the necessary resources to reduce euthanasia rates of neonates, and decreasing the number of cats reproducing overall. This non profit organization is unique by the way medical care is provided to all fosters with kittens in their care, and by working closely with local veterinarians, and other rescues/shelters. Photo provided is my foster success Eddie Spaghetti Van Halen. Brought in only a few days old, and just turned one last week! ❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being a part of Kitten Central. I have been a foster for 2 years and am continually amazed at the amount of love, care and support the medical and administrative staff have for each and every kitten that comes through the doors. From middle of the night visits with the ICU nurse and medical staff that never get tired texts and questions to the spay and neuter coordinator that makes sure we get all of our paperwork done so kittens can have a smooth adoption. As a foster I am freed to do my job of feeding, loving and socializing my kittens so they will grow up to become wonderful companion animals in their forever homes.

Lee H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We care for the tiniest of kittens - some only a day old. We feed them around the clock, tend to their medical needs, and treat them if they fall sick. We love and socialize them so they learn how to be playful, friendly pets in permanent homes, and cry when they go to those homes - and sign up again when kitten season comes each year. Kitten Central's volunteers are a dedicated bunch of people who save hundreds of kittens' lives every year, and keep coming back to provide care when kitten season starts up in the spring. Join us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Terribly sick, tiny kittens, midnight feedings, skin ointment, eye drops, nose drops, oral medications four times a day, ringworm dips, teaching them to nurse, teaching them to use a litter box, teaching them to eat solid food, bathing them so they don't look like swamp monsters, and taking them to endless medical appointments at Kitten Central of Placer County. What a pain! Then they learn to steal bottle caps for toys, wrestle each other, climb and tumble off furniture, take their naps on your lap, purr right under your chin, and give you kitty kisses. What a joy! Then, at their most adorable, they go to be adopted into their forever families, and you know that they are charming and friendly and will have great lives. You mourn a little, and foster two litters next time. Kitten Central makes all this happen, and that's an important job to do.

Stephanie M.22

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The best kind hearted peaple I have ever met. Always go the extra miles to save a kitten life. They our family to me.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kitten Central provides top quality care for neonate kittens who would have been euthanized in shelters. The staff is always available to support the fosters with any concerns.

1 kingram

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kitten Central is the absolute best. They provide exceptional services to animals and our community and are very easy to work with. They have been instrumental in changing our live release rate for cats at Placer County Animal Services from only 60% to nearly 94% for the past four years! We don't know how we would accomplish our mission without them. We cannot recommend them enough as they are one of the most professional and compassionate organizations that we work with. Great job to their staff and volunteers!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I got involved with Kitten Central first when my wife was a foster. I was impressed at the thoroughness of the supplies and maintenance check-ups provided for the babies. A few years back I joined the Board as Treasurer, since I have a background in finance. I will testify that this organization uses its money wisely and focuses on the kittens. In addition to their regular workload they have volunteered to aid rescue groups up and down the state, including survivors from our numerous wildfires. They are well-organized, energetic, and fill a great need.

Pauline K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kitten Central is an amazing organization full of wonderful volunteers who literally save tons of adorable kittens every year. I love fostering these babies for Kitten Central - it fills me with joy and lots of laugher.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Top notch. Every kitten is a precious life and don’t they know it. If that wasn’t enough they make sure EVERY kitten is fixed and up to date on all medical needs. I can’t imagine what we would do with the abandoned kittens without them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kitten Central cares for neonatal kittens. While our kittens are small, they often come with big issues which can be overwhelming. Kitten Central is exceptional for the support it provides its fosters. As a rookie, I would completely be in the woods if not for the expert support I have access to 24/7. In addition to the technical help, the entire foster community at Kitten Central defines the core of this organization. As a foster, you are never on your own, you have access to a group of experienced fosters who are ready to offer suggestions and provide moral support for the tasks of caring for these little guys. The caliber of foster members is second to none. I am so glad I joined this group and I am proud to say I am part of the Kitten Central Community.

JanetN

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered as a foster and medical assistant at Kitten Central of Placer County for almost six years. I originally chose them because they specialized in caring for neonate kittens 0 to 28 days old, not only providing foster care but also all medical needs for kittens. Kitten Central works with local shelters and rescues to take in these tiny neonates and avoid the need for shelters to euthanize them simply for lack of resources. Over the six years I’ve been there Kitten Central has consistently and successfully continued to enhance the level of services and care we are able to provide these tiny beings. Next stop is the construction of a complete medical clinic to be able to offer an even higher level of care. It is truly a labor of love on the part of the Board of Directors, the staff, and the amazing and tireless fosters.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer foster at Kitten Central for about 3 years. We don’t just foster kittens, we save the lives of critically ill neonate kittens who become amazing pets and family members. We only take in kittens between 0 and 28 days, and preemies, whose moms were killed or rejected the babies. These babies may come in looking fine, but the circumstances of their births often catch up with them and they can quickly become critically ill. The staff at Kitten Central using their knowledge and skills about the care of critically ill kittens care these tiny babies round-the-clock to give them every chance overcome their infirmities and thrive. It’s a true labor of love ❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing kittens, amazing people, amazing love. ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone at Kitten Central is absolutely fantastic! I've recently started fostering for them and the care they provide for all the Momma cats & kittens is absolutely outstanding! I've fostered in a different state and they were no where near as organized or on top of things. I'm so privileged to be part of such an amazing rescue.

Donor

Rating: 5

The work Kitten Central does on behalf of the newborns is nothing short of miraculous. Having seen what they do close up and personal I cannot believe how committed these volunteers are. They set the standard for what it means to give all you have for a cause. Keep up the great work

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The volunteers of this organization work tirelessly, night and day, to provide a loving and safe environment for felines who are then adopted out. This includes education on the benefits of spay/neuter, participation in veterinary studies with UCD, and decreasing the euthanasia rates in the county and surrounding areas. This is an awesome non-profit because of all we do for our feline friends and the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a non-profit that helps shelters so more animals may be adopted and none are euthanized. Kitten Central is made up of volunteers who selflessly spend hours, days, weeks doing whatever needs to be done to educate about the importance of spay and neutering, to take care of the medical protocol for kittens who have been dumped, feral moms and kittens, and kittens left with shelters, and to socialize them so they may be returned to the shelters for a successful adoption. This is a non-profit worth supporting.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kitten Central can’t save every kitten who comes through it’s doors but they sure try. As a foster mom and other ways I serve Kitten Central, I know firsthand how dedicated they are. Recently I’ve fostered a litter that got sick. It was 9:00 at night when I brought one kitten over to KC for medical emergency. It turned out that this kitten tested positive for deadly panleukopenia. Kitten Central’s vet tech Jillian Byerrum then followed me home to test the rest of the kittens. It was after 10:30 at night when she was finally finished. Yes, there was one more that was sick but because of they were medically proactive the others are almost ready for adoption.

Such caring, dedication and compassion for the neonate kittens saves lives that may otherwise have been snuffed out at an early age.

Kudos to Kitten Central! I love what you do and have been glad to contribute in many ways

1 Krista B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic. I have never encountered a more caring and giving group of people. The time and compassion they give is unmatched. The folks who are affiliated with Kitten Central often drop everything to pick up, take care of, babysit, drop off, or just plain cuddle a needy kitten. The volunteers are constantly education themselves on new ways to help save kittens who might otherwise be left to fend for itself. This group provides resources when other organizations might not.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lost my cat whose name was Lolalita shortly after Christmas. My heart hurt and I missed her terribly. In April I began searching adds for a new kitten to love. While looking on line at different agencies I found Kitten Central in Placer County. They had just posted an invitation on line to attend a Kitten Fostering Class. I attended the class and was very excited about becoming a Foster Mom for some little kittens that had a disadvantage in their early lives that needed someone to care and love them. I learned that everyone who either worked there or volunteered there where wonderful people who all had the best interest of kittens and other felines and also loved doing it. At the class they had about 6 kittens for volunteers to interact with whose Mother had survived the Camp Fire in Paradise. About a week later I noticed that one of the kittens was at PetSmart in Auburn waiting for his adoption to a forever home. I took a drive on a whim, hoping he would still be there and told myself, if he was, it was meant to be. I walked in the door and he looked directly at me. Needless to say, I adopted him! His name is Elliott and he was named after a Street in Paradise. He was raised in a loving, safe home of one of the volunteers. He has a wonderful personality and we love him to the max. Shortly after adopting Elliott, I received a call from Penny Dougherty, the CEO of Kitten Central. She asked if I would like to foster three little kittens, who were 2 weeks old. It has been a fun 7 weeks and tomorrow they head off to Placer County Animal Services for Neuters sand Spay. This has been a very rewarding experience. I am happy to have made a difference in 3 little lives. I love Kitten Central and have met many friends along the way who I have much in common. I will continue to support and make a change in the lives of kittens who have a chance to survive and live in a home where they can give love back to the people who love them and take them to their forever homes. Kitten Central is an Excellent Nonprofit Organization!!! They go above and beyond.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Kitten Central of Placer County is the best nonprofit kitty rescue.
They have rescued hundreds of kitties from hoarding situations, the Camp Fire and even dumpsters. All of the foster parents are wonderful and amazing. There are those who also do bottle babies and feed them every few hours. They are a no kill rescue, however, God has taken some back to be with Him when they are so struggling.
Please help this amazing rescue if you are able. I love them all and do help when I am able.

1 Kara Chapman S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charity has saved countless lives and educated the public. The work they do is difficult, heartbreaking at times, and exhausting. They deserve all the love, respect, and support for the work they do!

1 Dee G.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just an incredible organization. What other organization do you know of that takes in over 230 kittens and manages to get them cared for either in house or fostered out until they can be adopted. Much needed in this day and age! Kudos to all that work and volunteer there.

1 Tera M K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kitten Central was a crucial part of the rescue effort for the Paradise Homeless cats after the Camp Fire. They got shelters and feeding stations from our non profit, and placed them by the cats so they had food and shelter until they could be trapped and united with their families. You guys rock!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kitten Central never says no. Ever. I watch the work they do as they document on Facebook the litters that are brought in. They get all kinds of deliveries from all possible situations. Abandoned, unwanted and dropped off on the doorstep. Doesn't matter they take them all! I went there one time to get a delivery of fudge (an annual fundraiser) and felt the love the minute I walked through the door. There aren't enough stars to rate them properly. Keep up the good work Kitten Central!

1 Deb H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I worked for the shelter in Rocklin (when it was open). No matter when or what time of day it was. If we gotten in any babies, Kitten Central came and picked them up. Bottled fed the mittens, and rasied them to adoption age, and the returned to be adopted (which everyone did get a forever home). They were always the best socialized kittens, a the sweetest. I loved how each litter/group of kittens were a theam. And kitten named matched the theam.
Amazing group of people!

1 Monika S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My boyfriend and I have adopted 3 kittens that were fostered at Kitten Central and I have to say that as unique of a personality each kitten has, Kitten Central has been successful at producing well socialized, sweet kittens. One of the kittens that we adopted was diagnosed with FIP at 9 months old and I was absolutely heartbroken and did not know who to go to for support so I reached out to Kitten Central. Penny responded and she provided me with the emotional support that I needed and helped me through one of the hardest things that I had to do and that was to put down my kitten. :( I have never had to do anything like that before and it was difficult for me to come to terms with. This is coming from an Intensive Care Unit nurse who deals with death every day! Afterwards, Penny offered me a burial spot at Kitten Central so that my kitten could be buried next to her siblings near a beautiful pond. I'll forever be grateful and cannot thank Kitten Central enough for that. Kitten Central has gone above and beyond for my boyfriend and I. It is very obvious that the founder, Penny has a passion for saving kittens and has the compassion to assist those who are grieving from the loss of a kitten. Thank you so much!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering at Kitten Central for three years and through fluffy successes and tearful losses (more successes by far) I know that it’s exactly where I need to be. The skill, dedication, and caring shown by everyone connected with Kitten Central is astounding and inspiring. I’ve fostered kittens before but have never had access to the level of knowledge and training that happens here, and the quality of the care shows it. I’ve been involved in losses of some of my fosters, not surprising considering where some of these kittens come from, but the number of kittens that thrive and find their perfect homes is worth all the work. This group deserves all the support and recognition possible. They’re amazing - just ask some of their kitty graduates!

1 Robin G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Kitten Central for two months now and am inspired every time I go in to help with cat care. It's a lot of hard non stop work for a very good cause for these helpless little animals. I've seen some amazing things and miracles happen with the awesome staff. The hard work and sleepless nights dedicated to save these babies. I also have adopted two kittens of my own and really enjoy making a difference in these little ones lives. Thank you Penny, Tiny and rest of you amazing miracle workers.
Robin Gomes-Downin

1 Gloria T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kitten Central is a wonderful organization led by Penny who opens her home to help save these sweet kittens. I fostered for almost 6 years and enjoyed the visits to Kitten Central. Warning! Don't go there in mind to just look at the cute kittens! She will happily send a litter home with you if you go through her Foster training and she feels you will make a "good Foster Mom" and yes I failed and adopted "Holly Jolly" who enriched our lives.
Thank you Penny and staff for all you do!!! Gloria T.

1 Carol S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a rescue group called Happy Tails which uses Kitten /central when we can't find a foster to do bottle babies we receive. They are absolutely great. They take that baby through all its trials & tribulations & return it to us when it has had everything done such as tested wormed treated for fleas first shots & spay or neuters, They are already to put up for adoption when we get them back. They have so many dedicated volunteers & have saved so many little lives.

1 Jessica T.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I came to Kitten Central about 6 years ago looking for a forever friend, but stayed to become a volunteer after seeing all the good they did. Kitten Central has done so much for these poor kittens and it has been a pleasure to watch it grow into what it is today

1 Norman I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Three years ago we adopted a brother and sister (runt) when KC was still fostering thru adoptable age. They have been wonderful, sociable companions to our 6 & 16 year olds and each a delight to us.
A tribute to KC's foster family.
KC knows what it is doing to save and give kind life starts to struggling orphans.
Please support them!

1 Jen B.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Penny and the rest of Kitten Central do God’s work. Saving hundreds of orphaned and sick kittens from day old to adoption ready. I am proud to say I’m a foster mom.

1 Janet P.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Kitten Central is amazing. They respond 24/7 to calls and will help where most other rescues won't.

Maureen D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been with KC for 3 years. I'm an avid dog lover but working with babies 2 oz or more is such a joy. I know human raised kittens are usually more loving. They know we love and nurture them and repay us 10 fold. The volunteers are exceptionally caring and dedicated lovers. Over 500 kittens passed thru our doors in 2017. Who knows what our results will be this year. Thank you for your support.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so amazed at the dedication and love Kitten Central puts in to save these helpless little babies. I cannot say enough good things. Thank you to Penny and the entire KC staff and volunteers. You are the BEST!

Diane Luvsamanddean B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A neighbor dumped three kittens on my porch and Kitten Central were able to take them in and save two of the babies. They were wonderful, just wonderful and I wish I knew of them earlier. I will always be grateful they were able to help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here and am new but i tell you what this place is so needed. Without their help these poor babies would either die or be euthanized. Thank you kitten central

Amber De C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm fairly new to Kitten Central as a volunteer, board member and foster mom. I'm currently fostering my fourth litter with KC, which is my largest and most challenging litter to date. I got the call to foster sister mamas and their 13 babies who were brought into KC in very rough shape. After a month of endless medications, vet visits, and lots and lots of TLC, I'm happy to report that everyone is thriving and scheduled for their spay and neuters. It won't be long before this special family is ready for adoption at Placer County Animal Services. This is only one of many great stories about the volunteer work we all do. Please support this wonderful organization by helping us and the kittens, any way you can.