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Jogger Saves “Throwaway” Kitten Meowing Inside Trash Bag

Jogger Saves “Throwaway” Kitten Meowing Inside Trash Bag

This week, The Great Animal Rescue Chase brings you the story of a young woman in New Zealand who heard a soft meow during her daily jog. You won’t believe the extent of her persistence in tracking the sound and the simple twist of fate that led her to a desperate kitten just as she was about to turn and go home.

By Lesley Tipene

My name is Lesley. I usually take a run 3 or 4 times a week going through our local street alleyways to get to our beach which is about a 20 minute jog from my home. On this one particular day I approached the usual alleyway as normal and could hear this faint crying of a kitten. I stopped called and called but could not work out where the cries were coming from — suddenly they stopped: dead silence.

I must have jumped from fence to fence to try to find where I had heard that crying. Apart from trespassing and the odd dog chasing, I gave up and decided not to continue with my run. I sat in the alleyway for nearly 2 hours, hoping it might make a cry again for me to find it, but it never did.

I Couldn’t Stop Thinking About Those Cries

That afternoon I returned home thinking of the cries from the alleyway. My mind was in overdrive and I couldn’t wait for my husband to return from work so we could both look together. As he arrived, I quickly explained what I had heard and hurried him down to the alleyway where I had heard the crying. We sat there and called and called. Again, nothing.

We made one last walk up the path, then down and decided to head home. We both thought the kitten had died, since it wasn’t hearing our banging and constant calling. As we were leaving, I noticed I had left one of my gloves behind, just halfway up the path. I quickly ran in to grab it, and as I knelt down, there it was again: the crying. I yelled to my husband.

Through a Hole In The Bag – A Kitten Was Crying

We both jumped the fence, which led us to an abandoned flat where in the yard were bags of rubbish which I had noticed when I had jumped that fence the same day. As we approached, the cries were coming from one of the bags. My heart sank and tears flowed, as the kitten had managed to make a hole in the bag to breath and to cry for help. Its siblings weren’t so lucky.

I was disgusted by whoever had the cheek to be so cruel. We took all of the kittens home and buried the ones that did not make it in a nice sunny patch in our backyard and we named them Glory, Heaven and Peace, which I know there little hearts will find.

As for the other kitten, after a vet check, vaccinations and a few days at the clinic, we bought her home and named her Saviour. Maybe we were her saviors, but to us she is ours. She is now a fluffy grey ball of love and is now 3 years old. She is just so beautiful and is our True Love.

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2:11PM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

What a beautiful young lady she is. Good to see some decent folks in this cruel world. God bless both of you for saving this beautiful little girl.

6:26AM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

Thank you so much Lesley and husband. I get so down so often about the horrors animals are subjected to that stories like this are really important to me.

6:02AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

Wow, what a wonderful couple. They serve as fine examples of kind, compassionate, gentle, beautiful people who restore one's faith in humankind. Savior is a very lucky, lovely girl. At least the little ones who did not survive got a dignified burial that they so deserved thanks to those caring people. Such a contrast to the deranged, sick, subhuman monster who placed the kittens in the bag. He will likely suffer mightily one day. Karma.

7:33PM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

It's good -hearted people like you that make me still believe there is good in mankind. It's hard to believe when so many animals are discarded, or abused. Thank you.

7:26AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

So glad you were able to find that little meow you heard!

8:50PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

OMG, poor baby...Lesley thank you for saving the baby

5:16AM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

Please keep these feel-good animal rescue stories coming. God knows with all the horror stories of animal cruelty in the world we need to be constantly reminded that there are angels....not just our midst.

11:14AM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

Lesley, Bless you and your husband for saving this little angel!! It is so sad that the other babies did not make it, but you did take care of them as well. They are still with you, and that is good. I wish you all the good things in life for being such a compassionate, loving person and taking this baby in. I know she is happy with you. Many, many heartfelt thanks :)

6:19AM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

What the hell is wrong with people! Glad it had a happy ending

6:34PM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Never will i ever understand how people (if that's how you can actually call them) could discard a living, breathing being as if it's just some trash. It is very sad that we live in the world among people like that.
Great THANKS go out to Lesley and her husband for saving an innocent life that was brought to this world to be loved.
Every animal deserves nothing less than to have a loving family.

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