The “Purrfect” Time
In honor of national adoption weekend, I felt this was the “purrfect” time to share my involvement and passion for advocating for the welfare of animals.
Over 6 million pets enter the shelters each year, a massive number that must change.
I have been fostering 4 kittens for the past two weeks and have already fallen deeply in love with them. Phoebe, Dante, Ashton, and Pierre. I'm sure if you follow me on IG you've already seen my proud mommy videos.
I’ve always been an animal lover. I grew up with a German Shepherd Collie mix, named Sooner among the other 25+ animals my family rescued over the years, including 10 cats. I never understood why people would abandon an animal, and I knew that I had to help.
Two weeks ago, I decided to walk into my local Petsmart to see about adopting another cat. That is when I found the lovely volunteers of the San Gabriel Valley Animal Advocates. Before I knew it, I was at home filling out an application to become a foster parent. My intention was just to adopt a cat that day, but fostering was a need that was expressed with much more urgency than adoption, so that’s what I did. I’ve always adopted my pets and I wouldn’t have a pet any other way.
On March 30, 2019, a litter of 19 kittens was found in El Monte, California. There were 6 kittens rescued from the top of a utility shed, and the other 13 were found in the attic (where my 4 foster babies were found). Not everyone survived.
Serina Ortiz is the owner and founder of the SGVAA. She started it in 2001 with her mother Sandra who has always had a love for animals. Serina said, “My mother always taught me to respect and love animals which is lost in many people today, and is why we felt the need to start this organization.”
SGVAA doesn’t actually have brick and mortar locations, which means that every foster parent like myself is helping to support animal welfare in their own homes. Last year, the SGVAA made 300 adoptions and also helped fix 500 community animals (cats and dogs).
Here is a summary of SGVAA’s mission: “San Gabriel Valley Animal Advocates is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of all pets in the San Gabriel Valley area. We believe that every animal deserves a chance for a loving home so we encourage people to rescue a homeless animal. We help find the perfect match between owner and pet. We also educate communities on topics such as the importance of early vaccinations for fatal and easily preventable diseases and spaying or neutering to reduce pet overpopulation. Once an animal comes into our care we make sure that they are vaccinated & provide any needed health care. We provide lifetime shelter to those animals who have yet to be adopted but we know there can be no replacing a home with a caring family. So please adopt today!”
Across the country kittens that are brought to shelters are euthanized if they’re under eight weeks old. Currently, within the SGVAA, there are 136 kittens that need homes in addition to the other hundreds of adult cats.
PetSmart Charities and the Petco Foundation partner with nearly 4,000 nonprofits and governmental entities like SGVAA to support the human-animal bond across the U.S. and Canada and is how I found and adopted my first cat as an adult.
Over 25,000 pets find loving homes during National Adoption Weekend events. Held four times per year, that’s over 100,000 lives transformed through pet adoption at PetSmart stores across North America, so I thought let’s make it an adoption week!
With Kitten season upon us, rescues and fosters are overloaded with many kitties. Just like us, with tiny newborn kitties that require more intensive care. With the amount of intake we take, having a Pet Brooder ICU would definitely benefit us & after all the little ones.
Please help the SGVAA purchase a Pet Brooder ICU incubator, that way we can stop using makeshift boxes & nebulizers. To donate to this cause, click here: https://www.gofundme.com/incubatorforkitties
I know it’s only been 2 weeks with my little babies, and I’m not sure how I’m going to let them go. In just this short time I’ve seen their personalities develop and have completely fallen in love, to say the least (working really hard to avoid becoming a foster fail). Although it’s going to be very hard to let them go, it brings me joy to help them develop during these early life stages so that they can live a better life than the circumstances they were found in.
If you are looking to find your “purrfect” companion in person, you can find SGVAA’s adoption locations on our website. Many of the major adoption websites like Adoptapet.com are also partnered with SGVAA and can help you find pets that need homes in your area.
Also, you can donate on the SVGAA main page here: http://www.sgvaa.org/home.html
All donations are used to purchase food, supplies, medical care and more. Any little bit helps! Adopt today!
Photographer: Oscar Malo