They are small. They are furry. They are cute. But, most of all they are alive, 60 kittens and four mother cats rescued by Pets Alive of Westchester, who now need homes. The animals were removed from New York City Animal Care and Control facilities last week when it came to the attention of Pets Alive staff that one kitten who had arrived at a NYC facility without a mother had been killed within 45 minutes. They later discovered that a mother cat and her two kittens had been placed on the ACC to kill list last Sunday.
“That’s when we knew we had to step in,” Jenessa Taylor, Pets Alive executive director told The White Plains Examiner in an interview on Friday. “These kittens are completely adoptable. There is no reason why they should not be given the opportunity to find a home. We made the commitment to save all the remaining kittens left in NYC. We told the volunteer transporter to step in and take them all.”
Pets Alive, one of the oldest and largest no kill shelters in the United States, saves more than 2,000 animals every year. Taylor explained this latest kitten rescue was one of the largest ever for the Elmsford shelter. She also noted that the staff at ACC were very surprised when Pets Alive removed the kittens.
The kittens range in age from four to eight weeks. “When they are seven weeks old, they are ready for adoption,” Taylor said. “Once they have been through the first round of vaccines they can go to new homes. A bunch will be ready this weekend.” Taylor also noted that about 30 dogs were expected to arrive at the shelter on Saturday, May, 19.
Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or dog is welcome to visit the shelter at 100 Warehouse Lane South in Elmsford. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The adoption fee for kittens is $125 and includes all shots and spaying or neutering, which is done on premises. For more information visit petsalivewest.org.