About Us


Kitten Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer based organization devoted to finding loving homes for unwanted, homeless cats and kittens. We rescue cats and kittens from the streets of Los Angeles and from City Shelter euthanasia. Since our start in 1997, we have grown into one of the largest, most well-respected animal welfare groups in LA.


Kitten Rescue volunteers adopt out over 1,000 cats and kittens into homes every year. Since we began, we have rescued and placed over 33,000 cats into loving homes. Thousands more have been helped through our volunteer-fueled education and outreach programs.


We educate the public about responsible pet guardianship, how to care for kittens and cats, and the importance of spaying and neutering. Kitten Rescue makes educational material available via events, print, school presentations and here on our website. We also provide Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) assistance for communities in and around Los Angeles, and teach people how to manage and care for feral cat colonies.

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Residing 24/7 at our Sanctuary + Nursery


Rescued & adopted out in 2022


Rescued & adopted since KR first began

Kitten Rescue's first kitten, Jackpot
Kitten Rescue's first kitten, Jackpot

It All Started With One Little Kitten…

It was the spring of 1997. Kitten Rescue founder, Sue Romaine, was leaving her volunteer shift at the West Valley Animal Shelter. She happened to cross paths with a gentleman carrying a brown paper bag. The bag contained a tiny four-week-old kitten that the man had found in his yard. He was headed into the shelter to turn it in. The man told Sue that he had brought the siblings in the day before, but this one had been hard to catch. Sue’s heart sank, as she knew that the siblings had been euthanized immediately by shelter staff due to their young age. This kitten would surely face the same fate if she did not intervene. Without hesitation, Sue said, “I will take it.” She named the kitten Jackpot, and he became Kitten Rescue’s first foster kitten.