Kitten in box highlights need for clinic – Press-Enterprise

On Wednesday morning, Aug. 8, a hungry and thirsty ten-week-old male kitten covered in fleas was discovered inside a box with the words. “Fragile” and “Be kind to me” written on the outside of the box at the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center. “We are a limited-entry facility and are at capacity with homeless cats and dogs at this time. We mainly take owner relinquishments; this is not how we usually accept pets” said Executive Director, Denise Perry.

The Pet Adoption Center prides itself in saving the lives of approximately 1,500 dogs and cats each year. Yet, our community produces over 22,000 stray dogs and cats annually. The crisis of pet overpopulation in our community is staggering. “We want to do our part to prevent the number of litters born each year”, Perry said and “that’s what we plan to do.”

Using a successful model from a nationally known organization called Humane Alliance, by early 2013, an empty building on the Adoption Center campus will have been transformed into a surgical center called the LifeLine Spay/Neuter Clinic. The clinic will offer low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to the public. The goal is to alter up to as many as 35 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens per day.

“We don’t want to continue to find pets abandoned”, Perry said. As for the kitten, he received an essential round of vaccinations, de-worming, and flea treatment. With a full belly and a the name Nasa, he is resting peacefully in the Adoption Center’s feline holding ward awaiting neuter surgery before being available for adoption. Anyone interested in participating in the Pet Adoption Center’s Spay-It-Forward Program that benefits the LifeLine Spay/Neuter Clinic, or would like more information, may contact the Mary S. Roberts Adoption Center at 951-688-4340 ext. 313, visit or stop by 6165 Industrial Avenue in Riverside.

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