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Lifeline for Pets Seeks Foster Parents in San Gabriel Valley

by Terry Miller
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Maggie & Winnie: Females, born 2008; These two are inseparable! They are extremely sweet and loving. Their lives have been shaken up a bit recently, and they’ve had to be at different foster homes. Understandably, they are now a bit shy–probably nothing that security, love, and lots of petting & play can’t fix! Courtesy Photo

Lifeline for Pets Seeks Foster Parents in San Gabriel Valley

By Terry Miller

In the coming weeks we will be focusing on individuals in our community who care for unwanted animals in San Gabriel Valley. While there are wonderful organizations like Pasadena Humane Society and San Gabreiel Humane Society, often there is a need much greater than they can handle and this is where volunteers Lifeline for Pets step in.

Lifeline for Pets was founded in 1981, Lifeline is one of only a handful of no-kill rescue organizations which is small in size but gargantuan in heart.
The organization, run exclusively by volunteers, shows adoptable cats almost every Sunday at Petsmart on Foothill in Pasadena, and at Petco on Rosemead in San Gabriel. They have remarkable fortitude considering the depth of the problem in spring time, particularly with feral cats and the resulting kitten population that expands exponentially this time of year.

The recession has been hard for many families with pets and the organization is inundated with requests for help from people having to give up their beloved pets. Unfortunately, they are now at and beyond capacity and could use some help from the community
It’s a simple matter of mathematics really, if the organization can find homes for their current quota of adoptable cats and kittens they will be able to help other felines in our area.
Kittens, usually are adopted very quickly but some of the older, “senior” cats ,that would make wonderful pets and companions.
Foster parents are urgently needed to help, especially now that it is ‘kitten season’.

There are no employees at Lifeline, its literally an amazing all volunteer effort relying literally, on the kindness of strangers and a handful of local veterinarians who help spread the word of the work of Lifeline for Pets.
One such vet is Dr. Linda Iburg who operates Whiskers to Tails Cat Hospital. Dr Iburg has been caring for cats exclusively in Pasadena for over 15 years. Ask anyone who has a cat, they’ll probably know of this local legend.

The organization helps raise funds by selling cat sox w/ catnip & raffle baskets. In 2010 Lifeline had a musical show put on by Theatre Americana, which brought in about $3000.
Grants while hard to get are always being applied for
A recent grant of $12,000helped upgrade their “ cat pad.”

Lifeline adoption fees are $95 for cats. Dogs start at $100, depending on their size. While Foster families need to be able to pay for food & litter, Lifeline pays for medical care.
If you can help Lifeline in anyway, with your time or donations, please call
626-797-1753 or 626-676-9505 for further information .

www.lifelineforpets.org. They are also on Facebook, at Lifeline for Pets, Pasadena.

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