Family Dog Saves Kittens Placed in Bag, Tossed on Highway

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 Favorite. It was originally published on December 7, 2011. Enjoy!

In a twist to the expression “look what the cat dragged home,” an Iowa woman named Kelly found a huge surprise last August.  She pulled into her driveway to find her dog, Reagan, sitting next to a crumpled Meow Mix bag.  Reagan was known to bring “treasures” home for her but this was different.  He whined incessantly at her. Upon hearing the faint sounds of kittens in distress, she decided to investigate.

To her horror, when she opened the bag she found two tiny three-week-old kittens covered in the viscera of their littermates.

“What was painfully obvious to her was that these kittens were intentionally put in a bag and dumped on the road. It was also apparent that the bag had been run over and that at least two kittens, maybe more, had been crushed; and that her dog had retrieved the bag from the road and brought it up to the house for Kelly to find,” as described by Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary & Rescue (RVASR), the organization that eventually took these traumatized kitties in.

Kelly reached in the bag and took the frightened kitties inside her home.  She bathed them, fed them and tried to offer comfort.  The next day she tried contacting various rescue organizations only to be told they could not help.  Finally RVASR told her to take the little fellows to their veterinary group and from there, found a foster mom experienced in neo-natal kitten care to take them in.

The Bag Kittens
Now known as the “bag kittens,” the two little boys were named Skipper and Tipper.  With numerous hours of dedicated around the clock care by a foster mom — including hand feeding every two hours — the little guys are now ready for adoption.

The bag kittens are described as brown and cream tabby mixes.  Skipper is curious and energetic and loves to snuggle before nap time.  Tipper is a gentle, sweet and laid-back fellow – a consummate lap kitty.

The Question
The question on everyone’s mind by now is certainly “who could do such a thing?”  But it doesn’t look like an answer to that question will be discovered anytime soon.

If this story doesn’t beg for more spay/neuter laws, I don’t know what does.  Preventing the birth of unwanted kittens (and other pets) certainly makes more sense than shoving a litter of innocent beings into a bag and tossing it on a highway to be killed.

So for now, let’s celebrate the remarkable survival of the bag kittens and wish them well as they search for their fur-ever home.


Photo of Skipper and Tipper from the Bag Kitten's Facebook Page


Nina S.
Nina Sabout a year ago


Melania Padilla
Melania Pabout a year ago


Kayleigh H.
Kayleigh Heymans2 years ago

Always check bags and boxes, especially in the middle of the road. Maybe garbage, nothing, or something dead. But there could also be a life in there. I had a relative who was a truck driver. He could easily have smashed the box in the middle of the road and really didn't have time to stop and check. But he did because he had some sense about him. There was a little boy playing in the box in that street. Another lesson in that is to always watch your kids! And animals!

Jim Ven
Jim V2 years ago

thanks for the article.

feather w.
Feather W2 years ago

love a happy ending..

Giustina Casale
Giustina C2 years ago

I am speechless... Heartbroken to once again read about humans' penchant for cruelty, and full of love for the dog and the woman whi saved these beautiful kittens.

feather w.
Feather W2 years ago

lovely story..

Beverley Fulton
Beverley F2 years ago

Amazing that the dog has more compassion than the ....... that threw the kittens away.

Teresa W.
Teresa W2 years ago

great story

Darryl W.
Darryl W2 years ago

so delighted for those two, so upset for the rest, I wonder several times when driving if a funny looking bag in the road or on the verge has something in it, occassionally have looked, but each time been very weary in doing so, as it would of killed me to have seen what she had seen, the so and so who did that, needs NO you know what I can't say what they deserve, I am quite outspoken about punishments for these type of things, but this is something even some of the hardest animal lover here would question as a punishment I had in mind for the person or persons involved in doing that to these poor things, why could the not at least left them at a vets for godness sake or even the local church!