As a bit of an antidote to the upsetting animal cruelty news, we recommend you read this NY Times real estate section story about the Upper West Side apartment of cat rescuer Tammy Cross. Cross works with Kitten Little Rescue—maybe you've seen their set-up of cats available for adoption and fostering on the corner of West 72nd and Columbus Avenue—and in her one-bedroom rent-stabilized apartment, "some 6 to 18 baby kittens — and once as many as 22 — are bottle fed and nursed back to health." Awwww.

While cats and cat toys are evident, the NY Times says, "The space is scrupulously clean. The three litter boxes are emptied so religiously that you would never know just by sniffing that this is what pet supply manufacturers describe as a multiple-cat household." Cross, who also discusses the cats in this audio slide show, told us this morning that she hopes this article will lead to some adoptions.

Kitten Little Rescue is one of many animal rescue organizations in the city that are made up of dedicated volunteers who take in animals that would otherwise be at risk—some others we know are Empty Cages Collective, Bideawee, and Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition—hats off to all of them! And a disclosure: Our cats Madison (silver grey tabby) and Curtis (black Siamese mix) were adopted from Kitten Little Rescue—here they are in the KLR cages in August 2007, and here they are just a few weeks ago.