spcaLA experiences unseasonable rise in kitten intake

Los Angeles, CA — Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) has kittens. Being Los Angeles’ oldest animal welfare agency, having kittens is not unusual for spcaLA – unless it’s December.

“It’s three days before Christmas and I have 37 kittens in adoptions,” said spcaLA President, Madeline Bernstein. “This time of year, we usually have one or two adolescents closer to twelve months old, but we’re still getting bottle babies.”


Pictured: 4-month-old Sasha

spcaLA is scrambling to find cat and kitten supplies not normally needed in the winter months. People are encouraged to donate the following items or the funds with which to purchase them.

  • Clay, non-clumping cat litter
  • Kitten food (dry and canned)
  • Cat toys
  • Cat bedding

Donations can be dropped off at any spcaLA location during business hours or purchased on the spcaLA Amazon Wish List. Monetary donations can be made at spcaLA.com or by calling (323) 730-5300.

In animal shelters across America, winter normally brings with it a reduction in animal intakes, especially kittens and puppies. Over the last several years, spcaLA has seen an increase in kitten intake in winter months.

In February 2016, spcaLA worked on a story with the Associated Press, exploring the links between climate change and animal welfare. “It used to be that kittens came in the spring and got adopted in the summer,” said Bernstein. “But, warmer temperatures mean a prolonged mating cycle for cats and no real dormancy for fleas and ticks in the winter months. Shelters end up with more homeless animals who need more veterinary care.”

Individuals wishing to adopt a cat or kitten may visit their local spcaLA Pet Adoption Center. Pet adoption fees and requirements can be found on spcaLA.com.

spcaLA South Bay Pet Adoption Center
12910 Yukon Ave Hawthorne, CA 90250

spcaLA P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center
7700 E Spring St Long Beach, CA 90815

PetSmart Charities™ Everyday Adoption Center by spcaLA
8852 Washington Blvd Pico Rivera, CA 90660

For more information, please contact Miriam Davenport at 323-730-5300 x233, cell 323-353-4658 or mdavenport@spcaLA.com.

Since 1877, spcaLA has been the premiere independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California. There is no national SPCA, parent organization, or umbrella group that provides financial support to spcaLA. Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education, and a variety of shelter services.