Animal Rescue: Two kittens are better than one _lowres

Photo by Suzanne Grim -- Louise and Pimento are always together and love to play and wrestle and then cuddle up together for a nap. A discounted adoption fee will be offered if you adopt these two best friends together; the fee includes spay/neuter, two rounds of fcrvp, dewormer, rabies, a combo test and a chip. For information, email adopt@animalrescueneworleans.org.

With kitten season in full swing, shelters and rescues are overflowing with adorable felines. If ever there were a time to add a new furry cat to the family while at the same time saving a life, that time is now.

“When someone comes to adopt a kitten from us, we always explain the benefits of adopting two at the same time. Two kittens keep each other company, which helps with loneliness and boredom and gives them a cuddle partner,” said Lynn Scott, volunteer and kitten foster at SpayMart. “However, one of our directors, Lauree Nunez, said it best: ‘It saves two lives instead of one.’ ”

Another reason to adopt a pair of kittens is that being with a litter mate or another kitten close in age helps with social and emotional development. A kitten has an endless amount of energy and demands a lot of attention. Having a friend will nurture healthy development. Litter box training is also said to be easier when two kittens are helping each other learn. Finally, two kittens are just more fun. They are guaranteed to provide countless hours of entertainment and joy to their new family. Visit a local shelter or rescue to meet your new best friend(s) today.

Events

KATRINA MEMORIAL: Bonnie Porrier, a pastor at ministry with St. Francis of Assisi, will conduct a blessing for animals lost and displaced during Hurricane Katrina from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at Heaven’s Pets at Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans. The blessing will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony. The services are free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served. Leashed pets are encouraged to attend. There will be tents, folding chairs and water stations for the pets. For information, call (504) 482-7387.

ADOPTION EVENT: The Jefferson SPCA will hold an adoption event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Jefferson Feed, 4421 Jefferson Highway. For information, email jacob@ jeffersonspca.org.

FUNDRAISER AND ADOPTION EVENT: Animal Rescue New Orleans will have adoptable dogs at Katrina Art for Animals from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 29 at Bert and Mina’s Antiquities, 4138 Magazine St., New Orleans. Wine and light refreshments will be served. For information, email adopt@animalrescueneworleans.org.

GRATITUDE GALA: Jefferson SPCA, SpayMart, Animal Rescue New Orleans and the Humane Society of Louisiana will be the beneficiary of the Gratitude Gala from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey.

The event celebrates the largest animal rescue mission in history and will feature music by the Vieux Carre Band, an auction, food and a cash bar for $10 at the door. There will be a special appearance by Tia Torres, of “Pit Bulls and Parolees,” and filming by Animal Planet. For information, email jacob@jeffersonspca.org.

LOST OR FOUND PETS: In Orleans Parish, you can send a photo, description of your pet, date lost/found and your contact information to lostandfound@la-spca.org.

In Jefferson Parish, email molsen@jeffparish.net and bbourgeois @jeffparish.net, and in St. Bernard Parish, email cluna@sbpg.net.

Traci D. Howerton is social media editor of Animal Rescue New Orleans, a nonprofit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter. Contact ARNO at animalrescuecolumn@gmail.com, www.animalrescueneworleans.org or call its recorded information line at (504) 571-1900.