Celebrating National Kitten Day


July 10th is known for celebrating National Kitten Day. It is a day we not only spoil and pamper our adorable furry friends but created by animal advocate and pet expert Colleen Paige as an opportunity to find abandoned kittens a chance to find a loving home. National Kitten Day has helped countless animal shelters around the United States, serving as an effective awareness campaign. To help you celebrate National Kitten Day, we have rounded up a list of local animal shelters and rescues with many kittens looking for a loving home and ways you can get involved to help these adorable furry friends! Keep reading to see how you can make a difference this National Kitten Day. 


Adopt or Foster a Kitten/Cat

Shelters and rescues are at their maximum capacity with kittens, especially during the warmer months known as kitten season. They can use all the help to get kittens into loving homes, find a temporary foster home, and help socialize kittens, especially when they are still feral. Fostering is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. You can make a difference in the animal’s life, and in return, you will experience unconditional love. If you’re interested in adopting or fostering, check out the local rescues below to meet your new furry friend! Each of these places helps local Jersey City kittens and cats. 

Liberty Humane Society’s mission is to foster a community of compassion and respect and give animals in need a chance at a lifelong, loving home. As the local municipal animal shelter for Jersey City, many animals come through their doors seeking a second chance at finding a loving home. Check out their available cats and kittens here if you want to adopt. If you prefer to foster, you can fill out the application here.  


The Lucky Cat Rescue (TLC Rescue) works to help and reduce the homeless cat and kitten populations of Hudson County, NJ, through owner education, TNR (trap-neuter-return of feral cats), and rehabilitation/adoption. They are a foster-based rescue, which means they rely on foster homes to place their kittens and cats. Check out their adoptable cat and kittens here


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JerseyCats is dedicated to improving the lives of homeless cats and kittens through rescue and adoption. The rescue is always looking for volunteers, fosters, and donations to help keep up the work of saving more cats. Visit their website for more information on how to foster, adopt, or get involved. 


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Volunteer to Help Kittens/Cats 

If you cannot foster or adopt a kitten, you can always get involved by volunteering your time. Many rescues look for volunteers to help during adoption events, assist with social media, and raise awareness. Visit the website of the various local rescues’ to learn about their volunteering opportunities. You can also get creative and host donation drives, raise funds by coordinating an event and helping the organizations with their wish lists to continue their important work to save more lives!


Support TNR Initiatives near you to help manage stray cat populations

Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) is the most humane and effective method for managing feral and stray cats. The cats live together in a group called a colony once they return from surgery and are cared for by a caretaker who provides them with food and outdoor shelter. Younger cats and, especially, kittens are placed for adoption. Many rescue organizations here in Jersey City work collaboratively with TNR and help reduce the population of stray cats. Groups involved in TNR in Jersey City include the Hudson County Animal League (HCAL), Companion Animal Trust/Neighborhood Feral Cat Initiative, and A Purrfect JC. They are always looking for more volunteers to assist with TNR efforts. 


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Fun Facts!
  • Kittens are blind and primarily deaf for two weeks 
  • It takes three weeks for kittens to learn to walk
  • Kittens sleep up to 18 hours a day
  • There are 70 cat breeds in the world
  • A kitten will leave their mother after 12 weeks 


Adoptable Kitten Spotlight! 

Please check-in with the shelter or rescue to see if the kitten is still available for rescue. 

Geras Greece (Liberty Humane Society)

Nova Norway (Liberty Humane Society)

Cali (The Lucky Cat Rescue)

Keanu (The Lucky Cat Rescue)

Greyhound (Jersey Cats Rescue)

Chicory (Jersey Cats Rescue)

Arati Patel
Author: Arati Patel

Arati is a professional immersed in the environmental and animal welfare field. In her free time, she enjoys walking and spending time with shelter dogs, exploring the outdoors, and always ready to find a new coffee shop. A born and raised Jersey City local, she considers herself a life-long learner who is ready to write and craft inspiring stories to share with everyone!