They say there is a first time for everything, and that's the truth! Today I went to my first ever kitten shower! Yup, just like a baby shower with gifts, treats and party favors, but for kittens. This was just too cute, and such a fun time, to pass up sharing here. Since animal rescue is just as much a passion of mine as cooking, you'll have to bare with such posts from time to time! ;) (There will be a very yummy dessert recipe to follow, I promise!)
Pets Alive is a no-kill animal shelter in the Hudson Valley, NY area. (They also have shelters in Westchester County and Puerto Rico). When it comes to animal rescue and advocacy, they really know their stuff. Not a day goes by that I don't hear about another animal that they've taken in. Not only do they take in strays, but they also rescue animals from around the country who are on death row at kill shelters, and animals that have been neglected by other so-called "rescue shelters". They do it sometimes without knowing where the funding to care for these animals is going to come from. They do it because they know it's the right thing to do. I'm proud to be a volunteer! Now, on to their first ever kitten shower! (click on photos to enlarge)
This adorable sign was set up at the shelter entrance.
We arrived around 11am and met up with my sister and her nieces. There were tents set up outside with various tables for raffles, baked goods, Pets Alive merchandise for purchase, and for the gifts.
Pets Alive Merchandise
Kitten Gifts :)
After walking around outdoors for a bit and chatting with their very friendly staff and volunteers, we decided to tour the cat house. These cats have the life! I've visited many shelters over the years and Pets Alive, by far, is the nicest and cleanest place that an animal lover could ever hope that homeless cats (and dogs) could live. Some places have you leaving in tears, but while it's still heart-breaking to see animals without homes, you really leave Pets Alive with the peace of knowing that they're being treated right. What I love the most is that the cats are free to roam, they're not locked up in cages. They're well provided for with cat condos, pillows, beds, treats, toys and love!
Here's the cat house. Yup, they live here!
Here's a look inside!
Kitties love their kitty condos!
A cat bed fit for a king or queen!
An afternoon nap
Take me home!
Me and my new best friend
All in all it was a very nice way for an animal lover to spend the day! I'm really happy that they're going to make this an annual event. We had a great time and look forward to next year!