Kitten Found in Glue Trap is Ready for Her Fur-Ever Home

Elmer, the four-week-old kitten found in a glue trap intended for rodents, is now available for adoption at the spcaLA South Bay Pet Adoption Center in Hawthorne, the shelter said Monday.

A Los Angeles man was surprised to discover the tiny black and white kitten — now cleverly named Elmer — stuck in a glue trap designed for rodents back in August.

He took the kitten to the spcaLA South Bay Pet Adoption Center in Hawthorne where the veterinary staff used a non-toxic mineral oil to remove the sticky residue from her paws. 

After a health exam, vaccines, flea treatment and five weeks in foster care, Elmer is now ready for adoption.

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“Elmer didn’t know the trap was only meant for rodents. Wildlife, family pets, and community cats — untended targets of rodent control — can often fall victim to traps,” said spcaLA President, Madeline Bernstein in a press release.

Given this incident, spcaLA is encouraging home and business owners to explore other options on how to humanly deal with rodents and is advising to routinely check traps of any sort.

Anyone interested in making Elmer part of the family can visit the South Bay Pet Adoption Center at 12910 Yukon Ave. in Hawthorne or call 310-676-1149.

SpcaLA and various shelters have hundreds of kittens and adult cats that are waiting to be adopted.

Additionally, on Sept. 29 spcaLA will host their Pick Your Own Price cat & kitten adoption event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. These special fees are only available for adopters who meet spcaLA adoption requirements.

There will be vendors, giveaways, shaved ice from the Kona Ice truck and a cat art show and auction by Alyce’s Art Studio.

Vendor booths will be set up by Centinela Pet & Feed Supplies, Trupanion, Renewal by Andersen, Inaba Ciao, Alyce’s Art Studio, Kona Ice, Just for Dogs, Chloe’s House and The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

To donate needed items or funds, go to or drop-off donations at any spcaLA location during business hours.

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