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Friday, April 27, 2012

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Off-Duty Officers Team Up with Voice For The Animals to Rescue Cats on Skid Row NR12194an

Los Angeles: Off-Duty LAPD Officers will team up with Voice For The Animals (VFTA) volunteers to rescue more than 50 cats and kittens living on Skid Row.

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department are joining efforts this Saturday morning with a local rescue group Voice For The Animals (VFTA).  The officers will work with the community volunteers from VFTA in an effort to rescue a large group of cats and kittens who were being fed for many years by a church on Skid Row. The church closed this week which means that the more than 50 adult cats and kittens would be forced to fend for themselves on the City streets.

Several of the cats have already been rescued from the location by VFTA but there are still approximately 20-30 adult cats and two mothers with litters who are awaiting rescue. The rescue operation will begin Saturday morning around 5 a.m. in the area of the church located at 7th and San Julian.

“We will be using Have A Heart traps which are used for feral and/or scared cats” said Melya Kaplan, Executive Director of Voice For The Animals.  The new owners of the property made it clear they want the cats gone before they take over on May 5. The rescue operation will seek to capture the cats and kittens and then place them into a “non-kill” shelter for evaluation and then efforts will be made to place the cats and kittens into loving homes.

The media are welcome to attend this joint operation as LAPD and Community volunteers give of their time to rescue these loving creatures.

Voice For The Animals is a non-profit 501(c)(3) animal protection organization. This rescue is being done with no cost to the city.

For further information please feel free to contact Voice For The Animals at 310-392-5153 or Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.


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