Kitten Little Rescue

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Every weekend (weather permitting) we show our kittens and cats on the corner of 72nd Street and Columbus Ave in front of Chase Bank, between 1-7pm

About our organization...

Kitten Little Rescue Inc. is a small non-profit (501C3 pending) organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned, abandoned and sick kittens. The NYC shelter system is overburdened with abandoned, neglected and stray animals. Due to limited space and manpower and the publics failure to spay or neuter their pets, many of these animals are euthanized. Kittens unable to eat on their own or ill are usually the first to be put down. As a Mayor's Alliance member and a New Hope Partner, Kitten Little Rescue works inconjunction with the city shelter, New York Animal Care and Control (ACC) to help save some of these unfortunate animals. Most of our kittens are hand raised, making them extremely sociable and affectionate towards people. They are placed in foster homes where they are further socialized and live in normal home settings. Unlike most shelter animals that spend most of their lives in cages, our kittens and cats are only caged on the weekend when being shown for adoption. In their foster homes they learn good manners, proper litter box training and receive lots of love and attention. We believe proper nutrition is a key to the health and longevity of all living creatures. Our kittens and cats are fed only high quality natural food and use natural, non-chemical filled litter. We are a no-kill organization and our kittens and cats remain with us until adopted to their new, loving forever homes. If an adoption does not work out we want and take our animals back. No matter how long it has been or what the reason, they can always come home to Kitten Little Rescue.

As an all volunteer group we can only take adoption or foster requests in person at either our summer location on the corner of west 72nd. street and Columbus Ave. in front of the Chase Manhattan Bank or at winter location at the Pet Stop 564 Columbus Ave. between 87th and 88th streets. So if you are interested in adopting or fostering, please read our policy and feel free to to stop by and see us. You may just find your forever friend!

Adopting a friend

The best way to meet your new little friend(s) is to visit us on the weekends (between 1:00 – 7:00pm –through October) on the corner of 72nd St/Columbus Ave in front of Chase Manhattan Bank. Here you can see our kittens/ cats for adoption, hear about their characters and ask all the questions you have. During Winter time we will show our animals at the Pet Stop 564 Columbus Ave. between 87th and 88th streets.

If you are interested in adopting, you will be interviewed and references will be checked and the kittens will be delivered. A kitten or young cat can easily get itself into dangerous situations, so we will want to make sure that your home is a safe environment. Please see below about kitten/cat proofing your home!

All cats and kittens are tested for FELV (feline leukemia) and FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus), and if old enough, are neutered or spayed. If they are still too young, you will be directed to one of our private vets when they are ready for the surgery. They have been dewormed and treated for all other internal and external parasites and been given their pediatric vaccines. If a kitten is too young to have had all their vaccines, arrangements will be made to complete them. The costs are covered in the $125.00 per kitten/cat adoption fee. The fee for pedigree or exotic cats is $175.00 per kitten/cat.

Because kittens play together, sleep together, and keep each other company while you are at work, we place them in pairs. When kittens have each other to play with, they are less likely to break or chew things, attack or bite you when they play, or keep you up all night. Basically, they teach each other manners and keep each other out of trouble. We also place single kittens, but always in a home with another cat(s), dog(s) or other companion animal of a suitable age.

We try to place older cats that enjoy the company of other cats or animals in a home where they have animal companionship. But we also have cats who would be happy to be the only animal in your home!

Sharing with us about your situation and what you are looking for will give us the opportunity to match you up with a cat(s)/kitten(s) that will make your adoption a successful experience. We want both human and feline creatures to be happy!

During your interview, food, litter, safe toys, preparing a safe environment and medical conditions (if any) are discussed. Be prepared to spend some time with us, as it can be busy and the interview is intensive and educational! After the interview, the signing of the adoption contract and payment of the adoption fee, we will set up a time for delivery that is convenient for all. All required supplies such as food and litter and window screens in all windows must be in the home before the acutual delivery. One of our volunteers will come over to introduce your new friend into the household (this may be the day of the adoption). There is always an adjustment period to be taken into account. If you have other animal(s), they suddenly have to share their space with a newcomer and it takes some time for all involved to feel comfortable in the new situation (though animals usually are much better at working things out than we humans are…). Adoptions are followed up with a phone call a few days after delivery to see how things are going. We are always available to help resolve any issues that may arise. During the adjustment period we encourage you to keep in contact with the foster parent. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback.

If for any reason things do not work out, we ALWAYS take our animals back. Do not give the kitten or cat to your neighbor or friend or bring it to a shelter! We insist and want them returned to Kitten Little Rescue Inc.. It can be a week, a year or six years later, but we will take them back! A great comfort in an uncertain world for both your cat(s) and yourself…

Enjoy your new companion!

Cat/Kitten Proofing your Home...

It's finally time to bring your new kitten or cat home with you!! While the event itself is very exciting; it is also a huge change and trauma for the feline, no matter how loving the new home and family. Being prepared ahead of time will greatly ensure that the actual transition for your new furry family member is as quiet, calm and comfortable as possible. Kittens and cats are by their nature VERY curious about their surroundings, so you will need to make sure there are no hidden "escape routes" that lead outdoors for your indoor-only kitty. If you have young children, or any concerns about the cat getting out, you can even make and post small signs at each doorway reminding the family to close them carefully and watch for kitties!

1. All windows, including bathroom and kitchen must have screens. A leading cause of accidents and death in house cats is a fall from a window. Passing birds are a great distraction for a cat. Cats don’t know if they are on the 1st or 10th floor of a building and will lunge after them with deadly consequences. Even if the fall is from a low floor, the cat often distracted and petrified will run out into traffic or be unable to find its way home.

2. Keeping your toilet bowl closed after use is a must for small kittens. If you take baths check to make sure the kitten are not in the bathroom and close the door before turning on the tap. Small kittens can easily drown in a toilet bowl or bathtub. They become exhausted from trying to get out and will drown in very little time. Move glass or breakable treasures inside a locked cabinet, or use special anchoring clay to keep them secured from being knocked over by an inquisitive paw. Always keep your washing machine and dryer doors closed, and check carefully before and after each use to make sure your kitty hasn't somehow gotten inside. For some reason, all kittens seem to love exploring underneath the refrigerator - make sure that they cannot get all the way under or behind the refrigerator by filling up those spaces or putting boards or other material there to keep the kitties out.

3. Move all toxic materials so that they are out of reach (or better yet, safely locked in a secured cabinet) for your cat. All human medication, including pain killers and vitamin pills are poisonous to cats. If you drop a pill be sure to find it and place it where your cat can’t find it. Remove all poisonous items from your home. This includes household cleansers, especially those with pine, car products such as anti-freeze, small sharp objects, poisonous plants, etc. Cover outlets and hide or heavily cover with tapes or plastic conduit electrical cords as cats and young teething kittens like to gnaw on such items. Watch for lightweight table lamps that can fall over; heavy irons that can fall off ironing boards; reclining chairs where kittens and cats can get up way inside and suffocate, or get trapped and badly injured or killed when someone unknowingly sits down at the wrong time. If you have a sofa bed make sure the kitten/s or cat/s are accounted for before closing it. Never allow a guest to close it. A cat or a kitten can get into the well of the sofa bed, closing it with the cat inside can break their back and kill them. Keep all paper shredders turned off and unplugged. Never leave the machine unattended while operating it.

4. It's best to keep real houseplants in a separate, closed area, away from any contact with your cats. Silk plants make an attractive, safe substitute. This way, the cat does not come in contact with any poisonous plants, nor have the opportunity to ingest or come in contact with any potential parasites in the soil. Be sure to remove all strands of spaghnum moss, to avoid having your kitty ingest them. A professional veterinarian should be contacted immediately if your cat suddenly collapses, has repeated vomiting or severe diarrhea, or shows signs of excessive irritation (red, swollen, blistering or raw) of skin of the mouth or throat. Any cat or kitten who becomes lethargic and loses interest in their food for a day or more may also have ingested something potentially dangerous, and professional help should be sought. If you actually see your cat eat something that you suspect to be poisonous, do not attempt to make the cat vomit yourself. Take the cat to the vet with a sample of the plant (a plant label or means of identification would also be most helpful). This will help the vet to find a treatment or antidote to the poison. Keeping notes of the time of eating and any symptoms may also be very helpful to your vet, as sometimes several days can pass between the ingestion of the harmful material and the actual effects showing up in your cat. Contact with the leaves, stems or sap of certain plants can cause rashes and hypersensitivity to sunlight resulting in sunburn. In cats these plants may cause blistering or itching of the mouth and gums, which can sometimes be misdiagnosed as gingivitis. Sneezing and eye problems can also be caused through contact with these plants.

5. Be very aware that not all cat toys are safe - be especially careful about leaving any string, yarn, thread, dental floss, needles, safety pins, rubber bands, small pieces of a toy like eyes or bells that can easily come off and be ingested. Unfortunately, having a feline swallow a foreign object is a fairly common and often fatal event which almost always could have been prevented. Make sure that any toys you make or purchase have no small or sharp pieces that can poke or be chewed off and be swallowed. Cats seem to love household items such as twist ties for plastic bags, but these can be deadly. Twist ties can be swallowed and perforate intestines. You can make aluminum foil balls that your cat will love because they are easy to bat around and make a nice noise on hard floors, but be sure to wad the foil up very tightly so your kitty can't chew off and swallow bits of foil, and also be sure the ball is large enough that we can't swallow it.

Other types of potential hazards for kittens and cats include anything with loops on them, such as grocery paper or plastic bags with the carry handles still on them; litter box liners of the drawstring type if they are pulled closed and the loop is left where kittens can get stuck in them, and even the vertical pulls for window blinds. All of these can be deadly if the kitty gets his or her head caught in the loop. Keep ALL plastic bags safely away from kitties.

Come Visit Us!

Weekends (Sat/Sun), between 1-7pm, on the corner of west 72nd. street and Columbus Ave in front of the Chase Manhattan Bank or at winter location at the Pet Stop 564 Columbus Ave. between 87th and 88th streets.
Kitten Little Rescue
New York, NY 10024 Email:
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