When I first moved back to Birmingham about a year ago, I didn’t have any fur babies to love on. My sweet kitty, Jake (aka CAT), had passed several months prior, and although I missed him terribly, I wasn’t ready to get another cat. I did, however, need a cat fix. A member of the Facebook group, Magic City Kitties, suggested that I volunteer at Kitty Kat Haven and Rescue, a shelter for cats in Hoover. So with my two kids in tow, I showed up to scoop some litter boxes and mop some floors.
Kitty Kat Haven is a no-kill shelter off of Alford Avenue in North Hoover. It’s a 3-bedroom house, complete with an enclosed catio, just for homeless cats and kittens! KKH is also located next door to Alford Avenue Veterinary Hospital, with whom KKH works to keep the cats healthy and help treat illness in sick kitties. This is just one of the expenses KKH has to keep the shelter open for the cats. Food (wet and dry), litter, cleaning supplies, etc., are also needed and there are utilities bills and rent to pay.
The shelter relies on donations (online and in person) as well as the adoption fees collected to provide for the cats. Jackie Lo recently invited Rita Bowman from KKH to her Monday night Substrate Radio show and she spoke more on how the community can help as well as the history of the shelter. The interview can be heard here at about 49 minutes in.
Kitty Kat Haven and Rescue has cats of all ages available for adoption and one can sign up to foster cats in need until a permanent home can be found for them. Additionally, KKH volunteers take cats to area Petco locations to meet the public and hopefully find a furrever home!
We eventually adopted two cats from Kitty Cat Haven, ourselves: Ginger, a two-year-old orange tabby, and Kensie (formerly known as Rae), a now six-month-old kitten who appears to be a Russian Blue. They’re totally BFFs and great additions to our little family!
Now if you want to PARTY with some crazy cat people, please join us for Katztoberfest on Thursday, October 11th from 6-9 pm at Tortugas Pizza near Regions Field in Birmingham. This is a fundraiser as well as the second anniversary celebration for Kitty Kat Haven and Rescue. Follow this link for info on how to purchase tickets and what your $25 ticket gets you, as well as details on what else is in store during the event! I’m pretty excited about the vacation prize that my ticket purchase automatically enters me to win. More information is available by clicking the image below and in Rita’s interview (link above). I will definitely be there!