Welcome to SDKittens!
SDKittens hand raises orphaned kittens and adopts them to loving homes in San Diego.
Visit with our available kittens and check out our happy ever after pages. We hope you find lots of useful information on our site. If you are interested in meeting one of our kittens, please fill out our online application!
Go to our sister rescue website: socalrescue.org and click on STORE to buy an SDKittens T-shirt and draw string bag! These items were completely underwritten by a generous donor (we have such awesome supporters) so 100% of the price goes to the kittens. As we gear up for kitten season, this money will help us buy formula, food, litter and other items we need to care for the tiny ones that are coming. Thanks for your support. Hey, check out the gorgeous German Shepherds and our wonderful sister rescue while you're there! You can also contact us at SDKittens@cox.net!
04.04.2010: Meet the April Fools
SDKittens went on an Easter rescue mission and came back with the April Fools -- Five kittens born on April Fool's Day. It took us a couple of days to get them to take the bottle, but so far they are all five doing fine. Ranging in weight from 4 oz to 5.5 oz, these little ones have a ways to go, but we look forward to them putting on weight and growing strong and healthy. To check them out individually, go to our Available Kittens page.The April Fools come home.
03.27.2010: Kittens Meet Michael Buble
SDKittens had the opportunity of a lifetime - we flew to Chicago for a Meet and Greet with Michael Buble and were guests at his concert. We arrived early to watch sound check before the concert. Michael Buble was super nice and joked with us - he has a terrific sense of humor (but photos weren't allowed). Then we spoke briefly with him about Animal Rescue and presented MB with SDKittens goodies. MB told us his fiance, Luisana, is a huge animal rescue supporter in her native Argentina and has several rescue animals (dogs, cats, bunnies...). We love to hear celebrities involved in animal causes and we're hopeful MB and Luisana will become SDKittens supporters! MB posed for a few photos with us, then we sat down to a buffet dinner with him and his band before the show. All that musical talent in one place - wow! MB is extremely personable and down to earth. He told us stories and put up with our starry eyes and dumb questions like the pro that he is. Then we were guests at his concert. He is a wonderful performer. We know we will always remember our MB experience, and we hope that MB will keep the kittens and all animals in mind, as he has the platform to really make a difference.Our Buble Moment.
Piano Player (R) Horn Player (L).
Buble in Action.
03.01.2010: Cad Update
Cadbury finally recovered from his pneumonia. Then we suffered through weeks of snotty nose, but that is now healed as well, and Cad is the most joyful and enthusiastic teenager we have come across in quite a while. Cad had a forever home all picked out, but then when he had his final vet examination as part of his (eh-hem) alteration surgery, it was found he has a fairly significant heart murmur. This was disclosed to the family, and understandably, due to wanting to avoid the emotional issues of younger children were Cad to pass away or have heart complications, the adoption fell through. (However, we must say we are indebted to the fabulous family because they made a wise decision for them, and a wonderful donation to us, and they continue to support our rescue efforts). So, Cad is likely a permanent member of the SDKittens family, therefor you can expect to see him pop up from time to time with photos and opinions and of course, donation requests!! We have explained to Cad kitten season is almost upon us and he needs to be a good big brother and set a good example. So far, he's not really picking up on the GOOD concept, so he may be featured in What Not To Do segments. We'll see!Cadbury. Whus Up?.
02.22.2010: Shay's Story
Shay is a love bug. He is a love bug with serious medical issues we are trying to figure out. At first we thought Shay might have neurological issues but Shay had his return visit with the neurologist and thankfully we believe we can rule out a neurologic problem (phew!). Fortunately, the neurologist is going to continue to follow Shay’s case because the condition we're currently seeing is incredibly rare.
Shay's last blood work showed some improvement while on thyroid medication but not enough to get him into the normal range, so we've doubled his dose (ironically the little 7 pounder is on human dosage of medication now.) and are now waiting for another month to draw blood again. The good news is Shay is jumping better and higher now, has more energy and is heat-seeking and trembling a bit less than before, which is good news. For right now, Shay is a happy, lovely, newly energized kitten that still rides around on his Mom’s shoulder and eats all kinds of greens (including kale!)
As you can imagine, Shay’s vet bills and treatment have been fantastically expensive. We are thankful for the vets and animal treatment facilities that have agreed to work with us, but for Shay to continue receiving treatment we need help. Please donate anything you can and designate “for Shay”. If we all pull together, we can give Shay the life he deserves, expand our knowledge of rescue kitten medical issues and be able to help even more kittens/cats in the future. SDKittens is so fortunate to have supporters who rally for us every time we have a need. Once again, on behalf of all the babies we provide medical care and treatment for we say, “Let’s Rally!!”Shay
Shay is very photogenic and his Mom takes great photos.
01.01.2010 Happy New Year, AJAX!!Apple Jax (AJAX) was attacked by something wild. He had a huge wound on his right cheek and neck. SDKittens was called to the rescue. Thanks to the holiday donations of our faithful followers, we were able to get AJAX immediately into surgery. A huge thank you to our friends at Governor Animal Clinic who saw us on an emergency basis and performed the necessary surgery on New Year's Eve! The good news is AJAX is doing fine. He's afraid of everything (who wouldn't be) but he's healthy and slowly coming out of his shell. The bad news is we used up the holiday donations and it's still just the first week of January. But this is what we do. We rescue the ones that supposedly can't be saved! And we have you to thank. Please continue to support us. We put 100% of your donations towards the medical care and treatment of the animals we save. Apple Jax has emergency surgery.
The vet comes to our rescue New Year's Eve.
AJAX is not a fan of the bonnet and e-collar
Apple Jax will make a full recovery. YAY!
12.18.2009: Cadbury finds Love!Cadbury was found in the middle of an intersection in the pouring rain on December 11, 2009. He was starving and was in horrible upper respiratory distress. We originally thought Cad was a kitten, since he's very small and weighed in at about three pounds - we figured maybe about three months old. But when we took a closer look - Cad has all his adult teeth, which makes him more than six months old. While still a young boy, Cad is much smaller than one would expect due to severe malnutrition. SDKittens stepped up to the plate because Cadbury is our boy! We brought Cad in, gave him the best medical care available and then showered him with all the LOVE we could muster. Cad is thriving. He still has an awful upper respiratory infection, but he's putting on weight, and best of all, he is loving us back! Cad has definitely found his way into our hearts. Cadbury
Little Jenna and her sister Jemma were rescued at just days old and needed to be bottle fed for weeks. They were covered with fleas and ants and were severely anemic, but they are happy and healthy now and have been adopted. Bottle feeding kittens is a big part of what we do. Often kittens come to us as orphans, as in Jenna and Jemma's case. When they are just days old, kittens need to be bottle fed every 3-4 hours, so we are in action round the clock making sure the kittens stay nourished. Jenna and Jemma are just two, but imagine this times the many, many kittens we save per year, and that gives you an idea of why we are blurry eyed all the time.
SDKittens highly recommend cats/kittens be kept indoors ONLY for a number of reasons most relating to health and safety. The most common reasons include minimizing cat exposure to outdoor dangers, traumas, toxins and deadly exposure to infections. Cats that are kept exclusively indoors live on average at least twice as long as cats that are allowed outdoors.
Calling all volunteers!Can you update websites? Post on Petfinder.com? Take photos of kittens? Screen potential adopters? Manage adoption events? Raise funds for needy kittens who need special care? Help us get out word about the good works of SDKittens? We want to talk to you! Please fill out our volunteer application today!