LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Hollywood Forever Cemetery is much more than just a resting place for Hollywood legends. It also serves as a home for over 130 stray animals.
“We have been a haven for stray and feral cats since 1998, and we have always had a team of cat carers who both feed and spay and neuter the cats,” said Tyler, co-owner of Hollywood Forever Cemetery Cassity.
Their latest additions include eight furry friends who were left in a carrier at the cemetery last Friday.
“They’re not feral cats, they’re not wild, we can tell they were raised by humans and they’re looking for their humans right now,” Cassity said.
Now the cemetery is making an appeal to the public in hopes that these kittens will find a forever home.
“They are very affectionate. You can see how cute they are and of course we would help with spaying and neutering and deferring all of those costs,” Cassity said. “Otherwise the kittens will gradually become feral, forget people and live out their lives here.”
Over the years, the cemetery has seen an increase in the number of people leaving animals, especially cats.
“I would like to think that we are the last refuge for people who may have seen other animals here, like this family probably couldn’t care for seven cats and didn’t know what to do,” Cassity said.
Eyewitness News contacted Los Angeles Animal Services about the issue. They issued the following message:
“If you are considering surrendering your pet to a shelter, please contact LAAS first to discuss alternatives to surrendering your pet. There may be programs and services that can help with temporary housing, food, medical care or other needs.”
They also encourage people who find cats to have them spayed and neutered and keep them where they were found unless there is no danger to them. As for Hollywood Forever Cemetery, staff say the many animals will always have a home there.
“It’s a reminder that life is still here and brilliant and continues,” Cassity said.
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