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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Emergency Medical Services & Transport, Health, Veterinary Services

Mission: Kitten Rescue was founded in the spring of 1997 and has grown to become one of the largest and well-respected rescue groups in Los Angeles. We are a non-profit organization devoted to finding loving new homes for unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens. We are equally dedicated to giving the public vital information about responsible pet ownership, care of kittens and cats, managing feral cats, and most importantly, the importance of spaying and neutering. Our website at www.kittenrescue.org features information on cat rescue, care, and adoption for animal lovers all over the world. The majority of our cats are cared for in foster homes until they are placed with adopters, who are screened carefully to ensure the stability and quality of an animal's new environment. Before going home, each cat or kitten is fixed, tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV, vaccinated, dewormed, treated for fleas and microchipped. We also provide full medical care for the cats in our care until they are adopted. In March 2006 Kitten Rescue purchased the Kitten Rescue Sanctuary, a private, no-kill shelter and boarding facility in Atwater Village, that can house up to 150 cats. In 2016, we converted the front house of the Kitten Rescue Sanctuary to a full time Nursery, where we care for orphaned, unweaned kittens around the clock. Unweaned kittens brought into city shelters are euthanized within hours of intake if a foster home or rescue group cannot be found. The Nursery has increased our lifesaving ability tremendously. Kitten Rescue is a member of NKLA (NO-KILL LOS ANGELES), an initiative led by Best Friends Animal Society, bringing together passionate individuals, city shelters and an entire coalition of animal welfare organizations to end the killing of pets in L.A. city shelters simply because they don't have safe places to call home.

Results: Since our inception Kitten Rescue has placed around 17,000 cats into loving homes.

Target demographics: homeless cats and dogs.

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles, CA

Programs: Rescue and adoption services for cats and dogs saved from city shelters and the streets.

Community Stories

106 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

cmckeag

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kitten Rescue is an amazing organization who always strives to say yes - taking on medical cases, neonatal bottle babies who need 24/7 care, and never gives up. They even rescue some senior dogs, including one with diabetes. They take the utmost care to ensure the best possible adoption match and are committed to their cats for their entire life, no matter what. With a small staff and 90% volunteers, this organization is full of amazing people who genuinely care for all animals. I am honored to be a part of the amazing work Kitten Rescue does and look forward to many more years helping make the world a better place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered Kitten Rescue in 2011 when I was looking to foster so my kitty would have friends. What I found was an amazing, dedicated organization that doesn't give up just because it's hard or will cost a lot. I've made lasting friendships and found a purpose in my life. The entire focus is the cats and there are so many people who work every minute of every day to save more lives. I'm constantly inspired by this amazing group who always say - how can we do better, how can we help more, what can we do for the cats? The support network for fosters and volunteers grows stronger with every passing year, and it's a group run by dedicated, compassionate individuals who truly care.

I have adopted 2 cats from Kitten Rescue now, and their dedication to every cat they place is inspiring. It's not just about finding homes, it's about finding the right home that will last a lifetime. They measure success not in statistics, but in life and every life is worthwhile and precious. Not only do they take in medical cases, but they provide lifetime care for cats many others would just euthanize because they weren't adoptable or would require extra care, or had special needs. Kitten Rescue is constantly innovating to find the most effective ways to save lives while maintaining high standards for care and placement. Their commitment to a cat is for life, forever.

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1 Aby J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Almost six years ago, I adopted my cat Beanstalk through Kitten Rescue and every day I can't help but appreciate them for pairing me with my feline soulmate. As a first time cat owner, they were so incredibly helpful with tips and information to make sure I could continue to give Beanstalk the best life possible. Kitten Rescue doesn't just foster these cats, they nurture them and really help the cats find their personalities. Beanstalk was her original name given to her by her Kitten Rescue foster mother and I chose to keep it because it fit her so well. My cat would not be the most loving, compassionate pet without the care of Kitten Rescue. My love for Beanstalk inspired my brother to also adopt another Kitten Rescue cat (his cat's name is January and he is the silliest cat I've ever known). Not only does Kitten Rescue save the lives of cats, they save the lives of those who adopt them. Without Beanstalk I would not be where I am today and for that I am forever in debt to Kitten Rescue.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the past, I worked with 2 other rescue groups. They were effective and competent. But Kitten Rescue is even more so, extremely well organized, very large, saving hundreds of animals, and always putting the cats ahead of any other concerns.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Kitten Rescue about 1 -1/2 years ago, after decades of experience saving cats on my own (much more difficult) and about 8 years working with another couple of rescue groups. KR is fantastic and totally professional in every way, well organized and knowledgeable. I have been able to foster 33 cats and kittens, plus 1 dog, for the group. Almost all of them have been adopted, both from their website and from their adoption events.

I really appreciate how, whenever I find an animal on the street, KR is immediately willing to take it on, even when there's a big vet or surgery bill. In our neighborhood there are many, many strays and so I've taken advantage of that policy a number of times. And when a pair of adult male cats was returned after having been adopted 2 years before, before I joined KR, they took them too (they found a good home together). It's all about the cats with Kitten Rescue! The first photo is of the current foster kittens, the second is of the first fosters for KR.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kitten rescue have me two of my cats, who I treasure dearly. They are so vigilant and kind, I could never replace the wonderful care they gave to my kittens. They do so much for cats everywhere and are such a wonderful resource. They need funding to keep SAVING LIVES!

iknowher

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Kitten Rescue for a number of years now. I've received expert advice about ferals in my community. I utilized their
connections and have adopted out a handful of my own rescue cats through their
community foster program. I believe they are a top notch organization.

brittanydanae

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Kitten Rescue for several years and have seen so many cats (young and old) find their purrfect forever homes. I can't imagine what would be like for these cats without Kitten Rescue!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kitten Rescue helped me save 5 kittens with their mom when I was new to LA and city life and had no idea what to do! Despite a very busy schedule I've been volunteering for a year and a half and it's just been incredibly rewarding to see the cats /kittens I helped care for find their furrever homes!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first contact with Kitten Rescue was almost 10 years ago when I had to put down my sweet cat Monkey. I did not want my other cat to get lonely. I found Kitten Rescue and they had a black kitty who was being fostered by Sandra named Jet. I feel instantly in love with him. The process was very easy and showed their passion and wanting the best for their cats. Shortly thereafter, I decided to become a volunteer and have the utmost respect and admiration for all those in the trenches helping to save cats and kittens. Their passion, empathy, love and care for all the cats they rescue is unsurpassed. I have seen firsthand their dedication to the cats' well being. They are hands down one of the top rescues in the area if not the country. Even more impressive, is their tireless efforts to raise money for the care of the cats and kittens.

Pat T.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned about Kitten Rescue when my best friend adopted from KR more than 10 years ago. What stuck in my mind from all those years back, was how personal and caring each Kitten Rescue member was whom she encountered when she adopted two kittens, somewhat unexpectedly, just days after the family cat of 18 years passed away. I remember her telling me how loving and understanding Sandra was when she met her at the adoption site, how bonded to the kittens their foster, Mary, was and her conversation with the KR President, Ben, the next time she visited the adoption place. Everyone wanted to insure that both the home and the cats were the right fit for one another, and they got it right. All these years later, those cats are beautiful, happy and beloved members of her family.

As chance would have it, many years later I ended up living in LA. I was ready for kittens and my friend reminded me, "Kitten Rescue", yes, off I went to a KR adoption, where i met Esther, who promised me, yes, they could find me a black kitten or two! They identified a pair of young adorable black cats. Their foster mom became a friend and ally. When I learned what her role as a foster for Kitten Rescue entailed, and how many cats she had gotten adopted, I was inspired. I eventually became a foster, a role that I am still learning with the amazing support of this organization. I became a volunteer at the Kitten Rescue nursery, where I assist in bottle feeding the small kittens as well as caring for the resident cerebellar hypoplasia cats. I take cats from the nursery or sanctuary, to their medical visits and back.

The more I learn about Kitten Rescue, the more I love being a part of it. Kitten Rescue is a grass roots organization comprised of highly intelligent, skilled and motivated people who love animals and are willing to fight to care for them and to save their lives on a daily basis. I have no hesitation asking for the support of my friends and family to this cause, because I know where the donations go and I know how carefully they are used to save the lives of the kittens of Los Angeles. I love their attitude of doing more and doing it better, all the time, and never giving up. I appreciate the professionalism and enthusiasm of everyone I encounter every day I am there.

I am attaching two pictures from recent days at the nursery; The kitty on the left arrived recently and is one of our bottle babies; the kitty on the right is all grown up and at the "ready for foster" stage.

2 Gina D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Kitten rescue. The best kitties in the world I have gotten from them. Years ago I was heartbroken over the loss of my cat Paddles. I contacted a woman named Sandra Harrison who had me fill out some paperwork and come to Granada Hills to look at a cat they had posted online. That cat didn’t work out but she brought out these two babies that she had been fostering saying she wanted them to go to a home together. It was love at first sight. These two kitties were truly angels. When a friend moved in with me who was terminally ill these two cats took turns sitting on him, loving him and nursing him back to health. They were the sweetest most loving cats I have ever known. Their names were Flame
And Torch. They have since passed on but recently I adopted another baby who is a miracle kitty from Jennifer, another wonderful foster mother at Kitten Rescue. His name is Nelson and he was less than an ounce with no mother when they found him. They bottle-fed him and nursed him to health and once again I am in love. I highly recommend this wonderful organization. They have changed my life by bringing angels into it .

Miles J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best shelter I know. Miracle workers. Gave me my 2 best friends :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friend found 5 newborn kittens abandoned in a box and gave them to me to care for as I've bottle fed kittens before. They were soon put into Kitten Rescue's Community Foster program.

When the fragile kittens got terrible coccidia that was threatening their lives at 10pm one night, I was able to contact Kitten Rescue through email/text to get the immediate care that they needed! One kitten unfortunately passed away on the drive to get help that night, but the four survivors got fluids and medications that saved their lives! They are now all almost ready to be adopted and are very thankful to be with Kitten Rescue :)

jdeyarman

Donor

Rating: 5

While I have never adopted from Kitten Rescue, I have been a faithful viewer for some time now. I came across their live stream via explore.org and even though I live on the east coast I was hooked. As a result I have watched many, many litters come through the Visitor Room and be adopted. I've watched many neonates come through the Nursery. I have become a sponsor to some of the Sanctuary kitties as well. The dedication that Kitten Rescue shows all that cross their path is above reproach. They care well beyond when the cats/kittens leave their care, including welcoming them back when life's circumstances change and the caregivers can no longer care for their charges. They have taken on the enormous task of caring for 3 CH sisters who are adorable! These girls get everything they can possibly need and as such their lives and their abilities are beyond what I imagined they could be. The joy that Kitten Rescue spreads is felt worldwide. If I am ever in the LA area, Kitten Rescue is the first place I'd go visit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of Kitten Rescue from a co-worker who also volunteered there. Years later, my son needed volunteer hours for an animal organization as part of earning veterinary assistant certification. I remembered Kitten Rescue and he did his hours there. When he was volunteering I thought it looked like fun, and a year later I am still volunteering with no plans to stop. The organization is well run and I volunteer with a great crew of positive, caring people. We are a no-kill shelter and very involved in the greater community. The cats and kittens are well-cared for and loved no matter what their condition. After years of volunteering with kids' organizations - scouts, sports, classrooms - this has been an easy and gratifying to e put my volunteer hours.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Abby was rescued from behind my apartment building and with the help of Kitten Rescue I was able to get her a visit to the vet and fixed. The representative from Kitten Rescue was so helpful and I had a great experience adopting through them.

Kim N.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kitten Rescue is awesome! They save so many cats(about 1000 a year), more than any other rescue I have come across. I got my cat Betsy from them. I was impressed by how thorough they are in the screening process, and how much they care about the cats. And they brought her to my house when I adopted her. My aunt found some feral kittens that needed to be nursed, and a Kitten Rescue lady nursed them for free until they were old enough to live with my aunt. I have come across other rescues that seem like they have problems managing their finances, but Kitten Rescue seems to really have it together. They also do a lot of fund raising which I think is good. They are very organized, and professional. And, because of this they are very successful at what they do.

1 Hazel B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered Kitten Rescue in March 2014 when I was searching for live animal streams to watch. I live in the UK but I very quickly switched to the L.A. time zone because I was hooked!
Watching kittens and their mums is hugely enjoyable but seeing the tlc given by the desicated staff and volunteers was so heartwarming.
And when I found out they also care for many, many older cats in their Sanctuary building I started to sponser a lovely tomcat who goes by the name of Gobbles.
A lot of the cars here have incurable health problems so sponsering and donations go a huge way in helping KR save and care for even more cats.
This year KR launched the Nursery and it is manned 24/7 as baby kittens are bottle fed every few hours. Many are rescued from the City Shelters where their future is bleak due to the overwhelming numbers of cats taken there.
Some baby kittwns are alone, some have their mum with them.
The Nursery also cares for three sisters who have Cerebellar Hypoplasia (which is a condition roughly equivalent to cerebral palsy)
We have watched them get stronger and stronger because they had important physical therapy. What ever the cats need at KR, they get no matter the costs.
Kitten Rescue have an equally dedicated team of fosters who play such an important role.
I have been so impressed with KR.
Their interaction program with humans is great and we see many people who give up some time to play with the kittens or sit quietly if the kittens are asleep.
Ive seen over 100 cats arrive and then be successfully adopted and I have to say, I have not seen a single kitty with a grumpy purrsonality.
I send donations and gifts to KR because every bit helps towards the upkeep of this richly rewarding organisation.
If I lived in L.A. I would certainly want to spend time there myself volunteering.
They have saved hundreds of cats and with our help we can be a part of the KR experience knowing hundreds more cats will be saved in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and foster for Kitten Rescue since 2014. Prior to volunteering for them, I had worked with many animal rescues over the years. None of those other groups were nearly as organized or dedicated as Kitten Rescue is. Their network of dedicated volunteers is vast, and even though there are only a handful of paid employees, this group knows how to get things done and done well! Whether it is transporting kittens from the shelter to the sanctuary, bottle feeding unweaned babies, stuffing gift bags for the annual fundraiser, cheering on Kitten Rescue runners at the LA Marathon, collecting cat beds for the sanctuary, raising money for expensive surgeries on sick or injured cats and kittens that most groups would have euthanized, Kitten Rescue is there. I adopted two of my own cats from them, and have fostered 15 plus kittens, run the half marathon, walked a couple of 5k's, volunteered their Furball at the Skirball and other great events, and found the comraderie and general goal of all involved to save feline lives to be truly inspiring.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started out as a volunteer with the adult cats and then learned how to take care of the tiny kittens that come into the nursery, and then I adopted my girl from the Kitten Rescue! This place does great work to help save feline lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked closely with Kitten Rescue as a volunteer in different capacities and donor for the last 6 years. KR's clarity of mission, policies, and smart management of funds makes the sometimes overwhelming task of rescue in Los Angeles seem possible. We have a terrific community that makes the job a joy. We care deeply for our cats and kittens. And, our Sanctuary and Nursery gracefully bridge the gaps that other rescue organizations scramble to fill.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been volunteering with Kitten Rescue since 2011. We love working with the cats and love, love, love the community. So far we have fostered and placed 15 cats and kittens. One of the pleasures of being a volunteer is knowing that the cats we foster and work with are always cared for. Kitten Rescue is conservative with its limited funds but at the same time, when there is a cat or kitten in our care that needs medical help, no expense is spared. If a cat that came from Kitten Rescue is ever returned, it will always have a home with Kitten Rescue at our Sanctuary if it can't be placed again or while it is looking for a new home.

We have spent nights up nursing sick kittens and dedicated weekends to drive to the far ends of Los Angeles to place cats. It's great to work with a group of people who are just as dedicated to the cause of rescuing cats as I am!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I previously volunteered with Kitten Rescue for a year or two, and I also adopted my kitty from them. You will not find a better group of people more dedicated to providing excellent care to homeless kitties! Not only do they rescue adult cats from shelters, but they also rescue kittens who might otherwise be euthanized due to their age. They have expended an inordinate amount of time, resources, and love improving their shelter, and they include sick and injured kitties even when other places might turn them away. They constantly make efforts to get the cats into forever homes, but if some older or sicker cats can't get adopted, they live out their lives comfortably and surrounded by kind and caring humans and cat friends.

My kitty is one of the sweetest and most affectionate cats I've ever met and I love her to pieces!! I will always champion Kitten Rescue as a fantastic organization run by volunteers who truly care deeply about animals.