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Monday, August 2, 2021


eemingly, the local newspaper runs a “Best of San Diego” contest as often as the moon circles the planet. The paper can’t publish ball scores from the previous night’s sporting events but it sure can run “best of “competitions. 

Given how bad things can get in this world having these popularity contests isn’t the worst. In fact, one often discovers something new. Case in point spoiler ahead. 

For example, we learned there is a new cat adoption center in Vista, CA. Of course, a new cat rescue org named Love Your Feral Felines (no humans, please) is a recent winner of the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Best Charity in the most recent readers’ poll. Unfactoid: the cats beat out the Feral Skunk Society of Pacific Beach by a whisker for the prize. 

For once, let’s get serious. Love Your Feral Felines is a noble cause that is dedicated to saving the lives of the region’s most vulnerable cats and kittens. The org has many life-saving programs including a trap, neuter, and return to the wild of Southern California to reduce the number of feral cats. 


LYFF also has a barn cat program where ferals are placed in settings where they receive shelter, food, water while helping to reduce the rodent population. That service operates to the chagrin of the Ratzo Rizzo Rodent Charity of Ramona. 

"Calico," a recent LYFF rescue

Ribbon cutting for the newest LYFF facility is Aug. 10 (1 to 3 pm) at 1929 West Vista Way, Suite C in Vista. The new space is North County’s first cage-free, non-profit, volunteer-run cat adoption center. Cat lovers note that LYFF also provides discount spaying and neutering along with adoption services. 

“All our cats and kittens are up to date on vaccines, FeLV tested, microchipped and spayed and neutered,” says Christine Hubbard, LYFF founder. Adoptions are only one service of LYFF. "In June 2021, LYFF welcomed the first cats and kittens into our own Adoption Center. The humans were more excited than the cats, to begin with, but all felines quickly adjusted and started enjoying the space. We’re excited to be able to expand our reach by filling the new Adoption Center with more cats and kittens!" Hubbard said.  

The LYFF Adoption Center is staffed by volunteers from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, in three shifts. They take care of, play with, and socialize our cats and kittens, as well as supervise and facilitate interactions with visitors. Currently, the Adoption Center is open only by appointment for approved adopters. 

In the future, plans are apaw to open to the public for Cat Cuddle hours. 

CLICK HERE for more information and programs, including how to volunteer and a few veterinary recommendations. 

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