Watching an 8-week-old calico kitten relax into the arms of her new 9-year-old human sister, occasionally tossing a tiny white paw through the air to play with her favorite person’s long hair, it’s hard to believe where she came from.
Callie was rescued from a hoarding situation along with her three siblings when she was just 3 weeks old. The clearly neglected litter was discovered outside in the harsh summer heat, filthy, infested with fleas, underweight, and battling an upper respiratory infection – all while separated from their mother.
Madeline’s Angels Pet Sanctuary worked quickly to place the un-weaned kittens in a foster home, where they were given around-the-clock care and taught to trust the loving touch of humans for the first time in their young lives. Now all four kittens are healthy and happy, with Callie being the first to find her forever home.
This story is one of many of the dogs and cats in need who have been rescued by Madeline’s Angels Pet Sanctuary since the rescue was first established in November 2016. Headed by mother-daughter duo Melissa Lampert-Abramovitch and Randi Lynn Lampert, MAPS has rescued 14 animals in need in its first 10 months, and found loving forever homes for seven of them so far. To continue their lifesaving work – which the Lamperts currently fund almost entirely out of their own pockets – MAPS volunteers are getting ready for their first fundraiser event: a bake sale at the 2017 Gilchrist Farm Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch in Saugus.
Madeline’s Angels Pet Sanctuary will have a table set up at the bake sale on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, October 29 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., where they plan to sell homemade fall treats and animal-themed desserts for festival-goers in an effort to raise money for their cause. Proceeds from the bake sale will go directly toward the rescue’s mission to help the abandoned and forgotten animals of the Santa Clarita Valley and beyond find their way to a forever home.
Animal lovers who can’t make it to the bake sale in person can still help make the fundraiser a success by signing up to contribute their own yummy treats, which will be collected the day before each bake sale date. In addition, the rescue is always looking to add foster homes to their growing network so they can save even more animals. Madeline’s Angels Pet Sanctuary provides the supplies, and just needs compassionate individuals to provide a loving temporary home for one or more animals until the foster pets can find their forever homes.
To find out more about Madeline’s Angels Pet Sanctuary or to sign up to contribute to the bake sale fundraiser, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to mapsanimalrescue.wordpress.com. The Gilchrist Farm Harvest Festival is located at 30116 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. For more information, go to gilchristfarm.com/harvest-festival.