[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
64°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
April 23
1986 - COC board votes to allow Argentine cliff swallows to nest forever on sides of buildings [story]


| Thursday, Jan 17, 2019
The Kitten Academy at Camp Scott was honored by Supervisor Katheryn Barger at the L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting Jan. 15.

 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recognized and honored the Kitten Academy at Camp Joseph Scott during its regular meeting at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration Tuesday in Downtown Los Angeles.

The Kitten Academy is an innovative eight-week program that emphasizes the importance of the human-animal bond and its impact on both emotional and mental well-being. The first-of-its-kind approach teaches probation youth new skills pertaining to animal care, as well as an appreciation and an understanding of animal behavior. The program, launched last November as a collaboration between the Los Angeles County Probation Department, Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC), Department of Mental Health, Public Health, Los Angeles County Office of Education and Juvenile Court Health Services, pairs kittens in need of foster homes with probation youth to care for them. The youth provide kittens with the nurturing they need until a forever home is found and each kitten has graduated from the academy.

L.A. County Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger was joined by kittens “Knight” and “Winter” as she expressed her support for the Kitten Academy and saluted the team of professionals dedicated to making the program a success for the girls of Camp Scott and the kittens.

“I’m excited to celebrate one our cutest County programs with the help of many of our departments, we are proud to honor the compassionate work of the Kitten Academy,” said Supervisor Barger. “This unique opportunity allows young women at Camp Scott in the Santa Clarita Valley to foster kittens in preparation for adoption. This gives the girls on probation the chance to learn meaningful lessons about responsibility while also having a lot of fun doing it. It’s just as much of a growing experience for the women as it is for the kittens. As the kittens grow, the young women are able to thrive empathetically and rehabilitate emotionally.”

The kittens cared for at Camp Scott, the only all-girls probation juvenile residential treatment facility in Los Angeles County, are too young to be placed in animal shelters and require special care and nurturing. The girls learn how to feed, groom, handle and socialize kittens that are as young as four weeks old with the help of the Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control’s staff and volunteers. The youth are also responsible for monitoring the kitten’s weight and behavior and journal about their experiences. In addition to teaching responsible behavior, the Kitten Academy is providing the girls with valuable training to one day possibly work in an animal-related field.

Chief Deputy Probation Officer for Juvenile Services Sheila Mitchell believes that programs like these provide youth with therapeutic interpersonal skills necessary to successfully function in society upon their release from juvenile camp.

“We are very proud of the work that probation staff, DACC and all of the County partners and volunteers have put forth to ensure the success of the Kitten Academy,” Chief Mitchell stated. “The girls are taught a variety of positive moral attributes such as compassion, selflessness, patience, and reliability that will bode well for them upon their exit from juvenile camp. The kittens, who might otherwise face euthanasia, receive personal attention, nurturing and ultimately a loving home. The program is a win-win for all involved.”

DACC Director Marcia Mayeda expressed her enthusiasm with the collaboration between County agencies to help prepare the youth for a career and the kittens for adoption. “We are so excited about our partnership with L.A. County Probation,” said Director Mayeda. “The Kitten Academy saves the lives of vulnerable kittens while teaching valuable skills to young women, in an educational and supportive environment. The opportunities for expansion and replication of its success are tremendous, and we look forward to seeing this program flourish.”

The first set of kittens, named Pooh, Sky, and Aladdin, graduated from the first Kitten Academy on November 15, 2018, and were lovingly presented to their new forever families by the Camp Scott ladies in a moving ceremony that can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/302098077.

The next litter of kittens are expected to be ready for adoption in February 2019. To adopt a kitten or any animal that needs a home please call 562-940-6898 or visit animalcare.lacounty.gov

We would like to acknowledge the generous grant from PetSmart Charities and Maddie’s Fund that helps us continue this program.

Kitten Academy

Supervisor Katheryn Barger and Chief Probation Officer Terri McDonald with kitten “Winter.”


Kitten Academy

Kitten Academy at L.A. County Probation’s Camp Joseph Scott.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

1 Comment

  1. Maria says:

    What a great idea! Everyone wins in this program. Hopefully it can continue.

Leave a Comment


LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEADLINES
Monday, Apr 22, 2019
This week, Los Angeles County Probation Child Welfare officials launched “Fostering Home,” a creative advertising campaign urging L.A. residents to open their homes and hearts to one of the area’s thousands of children and teens in need.
Monday, Apr 22, 2019
Given widespread outbreaks in the United States and internationally, and locally acquired cases, the chance of exposure to measles is increased at this time, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials said Monday.
Monday, Apr 22, 2019
The Los Angeles County Civilian Oversight Commission for the LA County Sheriff's Department will take possible action regarding secret deputy sub-groups and immigration policies at its next monthly public meeting on Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, Apr 22, 2019
The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, April 23, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, Apr 18, 2019
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) confirmed one case of measles in a person who flew in and out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on April 3 while infectious.

Keep Up With Our Facebook
Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1986 - COC board votes to allow Argentine cliff swallows to nest forever on sides of buildings [story]
This week, Los Angeles County Probation Child Welfare officials launched “Fostering Home,” a creative advertising campaign urging L.A. residents to open their homes and hearts to one of the area’s thousands of children and teens in need.
Probation Child Welfare Partners to Launch Multimedia Foster Parent Recruitment Campaign
Here's a roundup of film and television productions filming in the Santa Clarita Valley aka "Hollywood North" for the week of April 22-28, 2019:
‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Straight Up Steve Austin,’ ‘Goliath’ Now Filming in SCV
Senate Bill 53 (SB 53), a measure to ensure transparency for state agencies, has unanimously passed the Senate Floor, Senator Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, representing the 21st Senate District, announced Monday.
Wilk Meetings Transparency Bill Clears State Senate, Heads to Assembly
Given widespread outbreaks in the United States and internationally, and locally acquired cases, the chance of exposure to measles is increased at this time, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials said Monday.
LA County Health Officials Investigate Measles Outbreak
Currently, 32% of inmates in our custody have been diagnosed with some form of mental illness. The Sheriff’s Department fully supports all efforts to divert more mentally ill inmates from a custodial environment to community based mental health support programs.
Transitioning Mentally Ill from Custody to Community
At the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California, Friday, TMU freshman Arianna Ghiorso patiently remained behind the leaders for the first three laps. Then, at the bell, she made her move.
TMU Track Excels in Final Tune-Up Before GSAC Championships
In Thursday's eighth inning, with the score doing more to weary the home fans than relentless afternoon sun, Roy Verdejo provided a reprieve.
Late Rally Lifts Mustangs to Win Over Bethesda
The Master's University and Arizona Christian, both in the hunt for the Golden State Athletic Conference title, met at Herwaldt Stadium Wednesday to finish two games originally scheduled for completion in late February.
Mustang Baseball Splits with First-Place Arizona Christian
The College of the Canyons men's and women's soccer programs invite former players, coaches and supporters to attend the first COC Soccer Alumni Weekend, set for Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 at the Valencia campus.
April 26-27: COC Soccer Alumni Weekend at Valencia Campus
Looking to amp up the level of competition heading into the final stretch of the collegiate track & field season, College of the Canyons took a small contingent of athletes to compete at the recent UCLA Rafer Johnson /Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at Drake Stadium.
Cougar Contingent Excels at UCLA Rafer Johnson Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invite
Following a coaching career of nearly 50 years within the Santa Clarita Valley, Hart High School head swimming coach Steve Neale recently announced his plans to retire after the 2019 season.
Hart High Head Swim Coach Steve Neale to Retire
Senate Bill 153, a measure designed to ensure California is well-positioned to begin the cultivation of industrial hemp, has unanimously cleared the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, representing the 21st Senate District, said Monday.
Wilk Bill to Expand Opportunities for State Hemp Industry Clears Key Committee
The Los Angeles County Civilian Oversight Commission for the LA County Sheriff's Department will take possible action regarding secret deputy sub-groups and immigration policies at its next monthly public meeting on Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
April 23: LA County Civilian Oversight Commission Meeting
The city of Santa Clarita and the American Red Cross invite residents to help someone in need by donating blood at one of two city locations — the Old Town Newhall Library and City Hall — on Friday, April 26.
April 26: City, Red Cross Team to Host Community Blood Drive
Super Jazz at the Ranch, a daylong jazz festival hosted by West Ranch High School in Stevenson Ranch, is happening Saturday, May 18, starting at 9 a.m.
May 18: Super Jazz at The Ranch to Swing West Ranch High
The College of the Canyons Theatre Department will present its production of “Bright Star: A New Musical” at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center from April 26 through May 5.
April 26: COC Theatre to Premiere ‘Bright Star: A New Musical’
Ramon Marcelino tied for the league-lead with his fifth home run of the season, but the JetHawks fell to the Visalia Rawhide, 7-3, on Saturday night at Recreation Park.
Lancaster JetHawks Swept in Visalia
Casey Golden hit a grand slam in the eighth inning, but it was too little and much too late in the Lancaster JetHawks' 13-4 loss to the Visalia Rawhide on Friday night at Recreation Ballpark.
Golden Slam Highlights JetHawks’ Tough Friday
The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, April 23, starting at 9:30 a.m.
April 23: LA County Board of Supervisors Meeting
College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook has been named the 2018 Community College Public Relations Organization PROmoter of the Year in recognition of her longstanding support of community colleges and the coordinated efforts of the College of the Canyons District Communications Office.
COC Chancellor Van Hook Named CCPRO PROmoter of the Year
Night-time traffic on Golden Valley Road will see lane closures beginning Monday, as work crews begin laying pipe for the new Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Construction to Begin on Pipelines for New SCV Sheriff’s Station
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies arrested seven people last week suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, station officials reported Sunday.
SCV Deputies Arrest 7 DUI Suspects
LA Crime Stoppers tips from citizens led to a probation sweep and patrol operations that resulted in several arrests in the Santa Clarita Valley Thursday night.
LA Crime Stoppers Tips from Citizens Lead to 5 Arrests in SCV
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed five additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in Riverside and San Bernardino counties during the week of April 12-18.
Officials ID 5 More Cases of Newcastle Disease in SoCal
1974 - Gov. Ronald Reagan speaks at dedication of COC's first permanent building, the William G. Bonelli Instructional Resource Center [story]
Ronald Reagan
1994 - Valencia Mercedes co-owner Eddie Murray sets MLB record for switch-hit home runs in games (11 times) [story]
Eddie Murray
1874 - First train out of L.A. to reach new town of San Fernando; Newhall 2 years later [story]
train tunnel
The Santa Clarita City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, April 23, starting at 6 p.m.
April 23: Santa Clarita City Council Regular Meeting
Carlos Herrera’s ninth-inning home run brought the JetHawks within a run, but they ultimately fell, 5-4, to the Visalia Rawhide on Thursday night at Recreation Ballpark.
Herrera Homers Late but JetHawks Fall Short
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department continues to remind everyone that driving under the influence of marijuana is a crime and will bring the same result as driving under the influence of alcohol.
LASD: ‘Drive Baked, Get Booked’ on 4-20 or Any Other Day
Three men were cited for public consumption of alcohol near the Jan Heidt Metrolink station in Newhall late Friday afternoon, according to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station officials.
SCV Deputies Cite 3 for Public Drinking in Newhall
John Zeretzke, a music teacher from Ventura County who taught music lessons in schools and other organizations throughout Southern California, including Saugus Union School District schools, has been indicted on charges of committing lewd acts against five minors, none believed to be SUSD students.
Music Teacher John Zeretzke Charged with Lewd Acts Against Minors
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office decided to not file formal charges against the alleged parties in a criminal complaint filed by Saugus Union School District board member David Barlavi.
DA Declines to File Charges in School Board Member Threat Case
Fire Department officials handled a car fire that turned into a quarter-acre blaze on the side of Highway 14 in the southbound lanes near Golden Valley Road in Canyon Country on Friday afternoon.
Firefighters Douse Small Brush Fire off Highway 14
The Saugus Union School District board of trustees approved the reduced hours for 37 positions and the layoffs of four others on Tuesday.
SUSD Board OK’s 4 Layoffs, Cuts Hours of 37 Employees