ACTON UP KITTEN RESCUE CEASING OPERATIONS

AUG 1, 2022 — 

We had an inspection visit from the LA County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) Castiac office today.  We video recorded the whole thing, and through-out, it became apparent that that the DACC officer did not care about the actual conditions of the rescue (clean litter boxes), or how many cats and kittens have been helping, but was solely focused on finding anything to justify shutting us down.

After consulting with an attorney specializing in Animal Protection/Rescue law in LA County, who stated that DACC had no accountability, and nothing they said could be trusted, and there was no way to be compliant if they don't want you to operate, and that a permit would not prevent them from harassing us with baseless unfounded complaint triggered random inspections:

We have decided that we cannot continue helping kittens or cats in the area, since this stress and disruption from a DACC that cares more about harassing rescues trying to be compliant than helping animals in the area is not something we can continue to survive through.

We have spent our time, our money, our emotional and physical well-being by helping the kittens and cats in need, but it seems like there is no value to that as far as DACC is concerned.

They repeatedly stated they don't care how many cats we have successfully rescued and adopted, they don't care about how many cats we have helped be spay/neutered, they do not care about the cats and kittens dying out on the streets every day.

We asked the officer directly what he would do, when in our shoes, after exhausting all other avenues (fostering, adoption, etc.) for a litter of kittens brought to him, he said "I would say no, and not help"

This is the sad state of things now.  It breaks our hearts to do this, but we see no path forward to keep helping with DACC Castaic determined to shut us down.

Till today, we still thought there was a path, but it turns out LA County and DACC does not want rescues operating and helping kittens and cats.

We will be shutting down as of today.

This means:

  • We will be placing all kittens and cats under our care into foster homes, or adoptive homes over the next few weeks
  • If you are interested in fostering or adopting please still do contact us during this time
  • We will no longer be taking requests for help/assistance for kittens and cats
  • We will no longer be helping with spay/neuter efforts
  • We will no longer be offering guidance on adoptions/fostering
  • We will no longer assist in rehoming cats who have lost their owners

I'm so sorry to say, and apologies, we tried to find anyway to keep helping, but it was evident from today, that there is no support for a rescue to operate in LA County.

Rescue for Adoption

During kitten season and beyond there are so many kittens that are out on their own, starving, trying to survive, we take in kittens from those who have already trapped them and also do our own humane and low-trauma trapping to bring them to our rescue for food, stabilization, health care, socialization, and to find them their forever homes through adoption

 

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T N R: Trap, Neuter and Release

For older cats, toms, mommas, and the like, that cannot be socialized and are feral, we will go out and trap them, transport them to a trusted neutering organization FixNation, and then bring them back typically in the same day to release them back to their outside home whenever possible.  Typically this is to reduce cat colonies and kittens being born with no safe homes.  We only trap the mommas after ALL kittens have been collected, since in some instances the momma cats are the only ones keeping the kittens alive in the wild

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Low cost Fixing and Health Services Referrals

We work with several non-profit fixing organizations, veternarians, and groups that can provide services for certain areas and situations at a lower cost then your local vets.  Contact us for more information

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Since 2019

Doing something

Sometimes the world is just overwhelming.  We've chosen to do something where and when we can within our abilities to make a difference in one small area, un-homed, wild and starving kittens.  For people who love cats, doing just a little bit, or more sometimes makes the entire difference to a small defenseless animal that is brought into the world fighting to survive through no fault of its own.

From kittens so young that they need bottle feeding, because their momma cats are they themselves fighting to survive, to older kittens that have been abandoned, by their mothers or previous owners, we've chosen to step in and try to help.

We can't help all of them, but at least we can make a difference to some small few who go on to live happy safe lives hopefully in their forever homes with loving families and owners.

We typically rescue and re-home over 180 kittens a year (it's a bit crazy during kittens season each spring) and the biggest joy we have is getting pictures of these kittens, healthy and happy in their new homes.

We don't do this for profit or personal gain, but to feel that we've at least, in this part of the sometimes chaotic and hard to understand cycle of life, made a difference to those wild, lost, abandoned kittens and the loving families that end up adopting them.

We have our own cats, foster fails, hard cases that can't be adopted out, retired older cats and special needs cases that we take care of, and five dogs, so our house is a menagerie anyway, so we figured, what's a few more during kitten season to help these little ones out.

The word got out, and now we're helping more and more kittens get back to health and happiness.

 

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What you can do

  • Tell us when you know about at risk kittens,  where they are, so we can trap them, stabilize them, and adopt them out when they're healthy and ready
  • Tell us about unfixed cats in your area, we can trap, neuter and release them.  One unfixed female cat can have up to 100 kittens in one year!
  • Tell us if you can be a Kitten cuddler:  If you can visit us and hold and cuddle kittens, this helps them see people as friendly and loving and leads to successful adoptions to forever homes.  Contact us for times you can come and hold kittens!
  • Contact us if you're unsure about where to get your own cat fixed or vaccinated.  Fixed and vaccinated cats lead longer happier lives, and are much better pets (no spraying or going into heat to contend with). We can refer you to affordable options in your area.
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