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What you need to know about kitten season

Now that the weather is beginning to ease up a bit, feral cats are finding that it’s the ideal time of year to reproduce. Rescue organizations call this time of the year “kitten season” because their shelters become flooded with baby kitties as the cats give birth.

Here’s what you need to know about kitten season.

What to do if you find kittens

If you find a pregnant cat or a litter of kittens, call your local animal rescue organization. Kittens have a much better chance at survival when they are cared for by humans, and a rescue organization can help place them with a loving home.

How to help during kitten season

Now is the perfect time of year to volunteer at a cat rescue. You could help out onsite at the shelter or sign up to be a foster parent. The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals offers classes on how to care for kittens if you think you might be up for the important task of fostering them.

Adoption during kitten season

It’s also the perfect time of year to adopt a cat, but be sure to kitten proof your house, first! However, if you have extra love to give, consider following.

Kittens never have a hard time finding a home, but their mothers and other older cats tend to sit in the shelter for much longer. Try to rescue an older cat whenever possible. Not only will it make more space for the shelter to save other cats, but you’ll also save your own cat from sitting there for months, or even years, without a home to call their own.

Have you recently adopted a kitten? Our pet sitters love taking care of the juniors and the seniors! Book your pet sitting visits today!

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

photo by Jennifer C. on flickr

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Jersey City Cat Rescue Organizations


Whether you’re looking to adopt, surrender, or foster in the Sixth Borough, Hudson and Bergen Counties are home to a number of shelters and rescue organizations. We put together this list to help you find one that’s right for you.

Hudson County Animal League
P.O. Box 3589
Jersey City, NJ 07303
(201) 200-1008

They’re working on a physical location. In the meantime, leave a voicemail or use the contact form on the website

Humane Society of Bergen County
221-223 Stuyvesant Avenue
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
(201) 896-9300

“The Humane Society of Bergen County is conveniently located near Rt 3, Rt 17, and several New Jersey Transit stops”

Jersey Cats
PO Box 3436
Jersey City, NJ 07303

You can often find adoptable kitties at Hoboken Pet on Washington Street.

Liberty Humane Society
235 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305
(201) 547-4147

Public/Adoption Hours
Monday – Closed
Tuesday through Friday – 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Probably the best known shelter in Jersey City, Liberty has a physical location where you can view the adoptable pets.

Precious Paws Rescue
PO Box 3314
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Operates out of several foster homes. Request an appointment for adoption.

Rescue the Cats
(201) 376-4474

Another organization that relies on the help of fosters rather than a physical location.

Secaucus Animal Shelter
525 Meadowlands Parkway
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Phone: 201-348-3213

Public/Adoption Hours
Monday though Wednesday and Friday – 12:00 to 2:30 pm
Thursday – 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 12:00 to 4:30 pm

If you don’t mind driving a little further to adopt that special furry friend.

Are you looking for rescue organizations in other regions of New Jersey?

Try checking’s list and’s list.

You can also stop by your local Petco or Petsmart, which usually have areas for rescue cats.

While Jersey City does not offer as robust of a selection of no-kill shelters as our neighbors in New York, we do have several rescue organizations that help to re-home cats who would otherwise have been euthanized due to space. Please adopt from a rescue organization whenever possible, so that they can make more space save pets from death row.

Do you know of any organizations that we missed? Drop us a line in the comments!

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

photo by Kevin Jarrett Alex on flickr

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How to meet friends of felines in New York City

15197021552_dd9ee798faNew York City is filled to the brim with events and opportunities to meet like-minded individuals from any community. So, how do you go to find fellow feline aficionados? Here are a few ways to get started.

Join the NYC Cat Meetup

New York City is fortunate enough to have a Meetup group that is dedicated entirely to cat-lovers! In the past, this group has arranged outings to the Egyptian cat exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum as well as a trip to Meow Parlour, which is the first cat cafe to come to New York City. There have even been casting calls for Animal Planet documentaries.

Attend this year’s Broadway Barks

On Saturday, July 11, Broadway Barks returns to Shubert Alley for the 17th year in a row. Stars and celebrities come out to proclaim their love and support for both cats and dogs. The event and concerts are completely free, but the proceeds from raffles, silent auctions, and sales of signed memorabilia benefit local animal organizations. Previous years’ events have lead to the adoption of 200 shelter animals. Maybe it’s no wonder, since Tony-award winner Bebe Neuwirth strutted out on stage and declared herself a proud cat lady before introducing some of the adoptable cats one year.

Sit in on TNR Workshops and Events

Have you ever wanted to help a colony of feral cats in your neighborhood? The NYC Feral Cat Initiative, which is organized by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals, runs regular events and workshops throughout the year. You can satisfy your handy side by learning how to build feral cat shelters, or spend an adorable hour learning how to bottle-feed kittens. Chances are good that you’ll meet like-minded individuals that love to help cats as much as you do.

Volunteer with a shelter or rescue

Perhaps your home is feeling a little empty, but you’re not ready to adopt a cat of your own. If you become a pet foster parent, rescues will pair you with a loving kitty and plenty of pet supplies to take care of it. If you are unable to keep a cat in your home, you could volunteer at a shelter instead. Not only will you be helping cats in need, but you’ll become a part of a caring network of animal lovers.

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Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

“A girl with her cat” by Niels Kliim is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Free pet adoptions in NYC this weekend

maddiesIf you’re thinking of adopting a dog or cat, this weekend is a great time to do it. New York City shelters and rescue groups are offering free adoptions as part of the Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days.

From the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals:

Thousands of cats and dogs will be available for FREE adoption from more than 90 New York City area rescue groups and shelters!

May 31 & June 1, 2014

Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days, the biggest free pet adoption event in America, is back this year, and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is again leading the charge in New York City! We want to place thousands of dogs and cats in qualified forever homes on May 31 & June 1, 2014. Free adoptions will be offered throughout the weekend at participating shelters and other adoption locations, and at two large, outdoor adoption events in Union Square, Manhattan.

Why Free Pet Adoptions?

Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days is helping rescue organizations in New York City and other communities around the country to find homes for more animals, including senior animals and those with treatable medical conditions — all of whom can make wonderful companions. The goal of Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days is to give all healthy, senior, and treatable shelter dogs and cats a second chance. The event also will help rescue organizations financially, thereby allowing them to save even more lives.

See the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals for more information about Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days in NYC. And remember, after you adopt your new buddy, Katie’s Kitty Pet Sitting is available when you need us!

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In March, New Yorkers can adopt for free at Bideawee

Bideawee animal shelter, New YorkMarch is a great time to adopt a new friend into the family. But March is definitely the time for New York cat and dog lovers to get Lucky –  literally! In honor of the Irish, the folks at Bideawee are naming all of their puppies and kittens “Lucky” and letting them go to a new home without a fee.

From Bideawee:
Getting Lucky means something different to everyone. To Bideawee and animal lovers everywhere, it means long walks in the park, lots of kisses in the morning and a warm snuggle when you get home.

In March, we’ve made getting Lucky as easy as possible by changing the names of all our loving dogs and cats that are 6 months and older to “Lucky.” And as luck would have it, Bideawee is letting pet lovers make Lucky a part of their family for free.

Your luck will run out on March 31st, so be sure to visit one of our adoption center locations in Manhattan or Westhamton to adopt your lucky one this month.

Of course, you’re also free to choose your own name once you adopt one of these Lucky ones. Once you bring them home…we consider you both Lucky.

Visit Bideawee online for more info or go there in person to get your Lucky little friend!

And, of course, after you bring your new buddy home, you’ll want a pet sitter in your corner. So give us a call and one of our pet sitters will come meet you and the new lucky love in your life.

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Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals celebrates 10 years

Jane Hoffman, of Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, an organization dedicated to making New York City no-kill, is celebrating their 10th anniversary. The

From Global Animal:

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to making New York a no-kill city.

With its 150 member nonprofit shelter and rescue groups, the organization has much to celebrate—from reducing the city’s euthanasia rates to addressing animal overpopulation and control. Thanks to their tireless efforts, the Alliance has helped save over 240,000 animal lives.

In fact, the city’s euthanasia rates at Animal Care & Control (ACC) have plummeted 74 percent since 2005 (from almost 32,000 dogs and cats per year to just over 8,000), giving New York the lowest rate of euthanasia per capita of any major U.S. city.

Unfortunately, with tens of thousands of cats living on New York City streets, the majority of animals entering shelters are feral cats, which is why the Alliance is placing emphasis on their NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI).

The NYCFCI has proven successful in managing feral cat colonies and decreasing the city’s feral cat population thanks to the Alliance’s humane, non-lethal Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program.



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Adopting a dog from a breed rescue group

by Mary “Tief” Tieffenbrunn – CCHS Humane Education Chair and volunteer for Illinois Bird Dog Rescue

What is a breed rescue group?

A breed rescue group is usually a group of volunteers that work together to shelter and rehome dogs of a specific breed. Most breed rescue groups obtain homeless dogs from over crowded animal shelters, impound facilities, and owner surrenders. Most breed rescue groups keep their rescued dogs in “foster homes” rather than in a kennel environment. This way, the dog’s quality of life immediately improves upon entering the rescue and he has the opportunity to learn how to be a well-behaved house dog before he is adopted and goes to his new “forever home.”

A few things you can expect:

Many breed rescues are run entirely by volunteers. Sometimes you will not get an immediate return phone call or email about your inquiry or application because the volunteers are very busy taking care of dogs and their other responsibilities. Dealing with a breed rescue can require some patience.
Breed rescues charge more for adoptions than the average animal shelter. These small non-profit groups spend a lot of money transporting, caring for, and sometimes providing medical treatment to the dogs that they rescue. For that reason, they often ask for a substantial donation from their adopters.

A good rescue group will . . .

A good breed rescue group will tell you both the wonderful and the “challenging” characteristics of the breed. The rescue will want you to understand what it is truly like to live with this type of dog. Successful adoptions happen when expectations match up with reality! The rescue should also be forthcoming with information about the breed’s genetic predispositions for health problems.

A good breed rescue group will carefully determine which dogs are suitable for adoption and will not warehouse dogs. The responsible rescue is careful to be sure that the dogs it offers for adoption are of sound temperament.

A good breed rescue will have a thorough application and interview process. Many breed rescues include a home visit as part of the application process and will not approve your adoption until the home visit is accomplished. The rescue might also contact your veterinarian as a reference.

A good breed rescue will want to hear from you after you take your new dog home and will require that you return the dog to the rescue in the event that things do not work out.

Questions to Ask a Breed Rescue Group:

  1. When and how did the dog come into rescue?
  2. Does the dog have any medical conditions?
  3. Is the dog current with vaccinations?
  4. Is the dog spayed/neutered?
  5. Is the dog on heartworm prevention?
  6. If the dog has been in foster care, ask to speak to the foster guardian about the dog’s personality and how it behaves in the home. You’ll want to know . . .
  • Is the dog housebroken? Crate trained?
  • Is the dog good with children? Other dogs? Cats?
  • Does the dog walk nicely on leash? / Has he had any training?
  • Does the dog have any fears: men? thunderstorms? riding in cars? being left alone?
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