How Kitten Rescue works

 

Kitten Rescue of Mason County is dedicated to placing abandoned and unwanted kittens with safe, loving homes. We have hundreds of kittens veterinarian-tested, immunized, and altered each year.  We are registered as a non-profit charity and your donations are considered tax-deductible under IRS regulations.

 

Kitten Rescue is a philosophy.   It is a belief that cats are granted life from a source above human beings. People have a right to manage cats and decide how they live in our world, but that does not include the privilege to neglect and abuse. When a person accepts ownership of a cat, the price is the healthy and happy care of that animal and full responsibility for its actions.

Kitten Rescue is a network.  Animal protection and control in Mason County is not what it could be. Many folks feel so strongly about this that they have banded together in citizen groups to make it right. Adopt-a-Pet is well-known for their fine efforts saving and finding homes for dogs. We coordinate with foster homes across Mason County to test, inoculate, alter, and save feline lives. Without the cooperation and assistance from the good people at Shelton Veterinary Hospital, we could not exist.

Kitten Rescue is a team.   From those who pet the kitties to those who nurse the sick to those who work the garage sales to those who give up their homes to those who make the donations to those who give their skills to those who pay the bills--our volunteers share a goal. Pooling our efforts has brought successes that could not have happened if we had each worked on our own. Our common purpose has created a bond between us.

Kitten Rescue is a service.  We are frequently contacted within the community to give advice on rescue, adoption, health, nutrition, and veterinary services. We direct people the best we can to aid them in bettering the lives of the cats in question. This website is one of our tools, and you might find some helpful information in our "care" section.

Kitten Rescue is a place of adoption.   We have a small cottage with a kitchen and laundry/bathroom, living room, and two other rooms. There are now 5 small outbuildings for our cats/kittens (two of which were built this last year.)  We also have a travel trailer with a fenced yard for our longer term kitties, since we are a no-kill shelter.  Only a fraction of our kittens for adoption stay with us; they are often raised and loved in foster homes.  When they are big enough to alter they come to the shelter for the spay/neuter operation and to be adopted. 

Why adopt from Kitten Rescue.

Adopting from Kitten Rescue means that you are the final step in saving an animal that was likely fated for misery or death. Whether from abandonment, abuse or disease, our kitties are lucky survivors who have had much love and resources invested in them before they even meet you. Naturally, we know these little critters pretty well, and we go to great lengths to see that each one goes to a home that is well suited for its health and happiness.

While each of the many hundreds of kitties we assist each year are a success of the heart, every one of them is a financial "loss." Our adoption fees do not cover our costs - they only help offset them. If you were to take a "free kitten" from someone, the vet costs you would incur to have the same services our kittens have had would be between $200 and $230! We are able to have low adoption fees because of charitable donations, fundraising, lots of volunteer hours, and the discounted services we receive from the great people at Shelton Veterinary Hospital.

Why is spaying or neutering so important?

Spaying and neutering is the most important thing that can be done to ensure that your cat, and his or her offspring, do not suffer and die. Female cats can breed three times a year and have an average of four kittens per litter. In just seven years, one fertile female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens! Most of these kittens are abandoned! There are far more kittens in Mason County than there are homes for them.

We save as many kittens as we can, arrange happy adoptions well below cost, and address the primary problem of overpopulation. We believe that everyone is the better for it.