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L.A. has a major kitten problem, and you can help

By Stephanie Morino

Los Angeles has a lot of problems—our streets are overrun with potholes, our public transit needs expanding and there's still that whole drought thing. But this latest problem is by far the cutest of them all. Animal shelters across the Los Angeles area are being inundated with kittens, according to the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services. 

"This year kitten season has been nonstop," Brenda Barnette, general manager of the department, told L.A. Weekly. "Typically we start to see a decrease in kitten births around this time of year. This is not the case this year as we see more and more kittens arrive each day." 

While some shelters have been preparing for a lot of kittens this year—Best Friends Animal Society held a kitten shower in February to prepare for 2,900 kittens throughout the year—they are still seeking the help of the public. The Department of Animal Services is looking for people to volunteer to be foster parents to at least one of these cute little guys (or girls). Never had a pet before? You'll be trained on how to feed and care for the little animals before having a foster kitten placed with you.

What could possibly be better than to have a rotation of kittens coming to stay with you while they are cute, cuddly babies? Sign us up. And if you would like to sign up too, you can apply online or visit a city shelter, which are open from 8am to 5pm Tuesdays-Saturdays and 11am to 5pm Sundays. For more information, you can also call 888-452-7381. If fostering isn't for you and you rather be a permanent solution, check out our pet adoption page to find your new best friend.

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