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‘Kitten Shower': Foster, Volunteer or Donate to Help Felines This Weekend

This year, around 10,000 kittens will enter the city’s shelters in need of urgent rescue and care, according to the animal welfare organization.

What to Know

  • Best Friends Animal Society is hosting a kitten shower.
  • Date: March 16
  • Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This week's workload may have stressed some people out, but the folks over at the Best Friends Animal Society are inviting guests for a free event to unwind and meet kittens this weekend and save some lives in the process. 

The animal welfare organization is hosting a "Kitten Shower" on Saturday in Mission Hills from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 15321 Brand Blvd. Best Friends kitten caretakers are asking the public to help foster, volunteer or donate to help reach the 90 percent no-kill bench mark for cats and kittens in Los Angeles. 

The event will feature complementary refreshments, tours of the kitten nursery, information for temporary foster care, volunteer opportunities and family-friendly games.

The public is urged to bring any supplies to the "kitten shower" that these furry little babies may need. Kitten-milk replacements, heating pads, wet and dry cat food, electronic scales and disposable food trays are some of the items Best Friends officials recommend for donations. Click here to see the organization's full wishlist on Amazon or make a monetary donation here

In February, there was a 9 percent spike in kitten intake to the shelter when compared to last year, according to a Best Friends news release.

In anticipation of a record-breaking kitten season, the shelter is in desperate need of foster parents, especially for kittens still feeding from the bottle.

"We really need any pet lovers out there to help us," said Michelle Sathe, spokesperson for Best Friends. "They are the most at risk population at the city shelter."

Sathe said kittens from all six Los Angeles Animal Services shelters are nursed at Best Friends. In 2012, the organization launched a no-kill campaign to reduce the amount of animals killed in shelters citywide. By 2025, Best Friends hopes to "end the killing and save them all" across the country. 

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