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Kitten Falls From Garden Wall and Rescuers Rush In

Kitten Falls From Garden Wall and Rescuers Rush In

So often international travelers encounter situations of animal suffering. Without familiar resources, it can be challenging to find help, but one woman from the Netherlands decided she simply had to do something when she found a kitten in distress. Though she could have spent her final hours in Greece shopping or enjoying the sites, she instead went about the business of securing safety for a bony little animal who was in urgent need of help. Please enjoy this story and if you have a rescue of your own that you’d like to share, please visit The Great Animal Rescue Chase.

By Jessica Jansen

On our final day in Athens, Greece, we decided to stop by a nest of stray kittens we had visited before. They were high up in a walled garden but we could push cans of food under the fence and they were hungry! We had seen five kittens before, some with dirty eyes but sadly we could not reach them and we were leaving the next day. As we arrived on the square, one of the kittens had tumbled out of the garden. It was sitting on the street with its Momma next to it but she wasn’t able to lift it up again. Cars were passing and the kitten ran away, but as it did that, it looked very odd and wobbly, without a tail, so we scooped it up to find a vet to see what had gone wrong — and we thought it would be a one way visit, but at least that would be preferable to dying in the street.

I Could Not Throw Her Back Up To The Garden

When we arrived it turned out to be the case that she had never had a tail, she had no broken bones but was only very skinny, with a runny nose and ribs sticking out. Her walk was weird but that had to do with the way she was born, not any recent injury. Of course by that time I had been carrying her around for two hours in a shawl next to me. She was estimated to be eight weeks old and I could not throw her back up in the garden…. We gave her a passport, a microchip and a little carrier to keep her in. The plane ride was no problem and she is in my lap as I type this.

Small Health Issues Can’t Stand in the Way of Love

She does still have a lot of issues because of the way she was built, so to speak. She doesn’t feel the need to ‘go’ and we are figuring out how to deal with that — and the washing machine runs overtime! †She has so much spunk, so much will to live that we will not let her down and nobody knows what the future will bring. Maybe she will improve a bit, maybe not, but we love her very much. She’s a keeper! More photos here.

Help for Other Stray Animals in Greece and Beyond

The Harmony Fund is the official charity partner of The Great Animal Rescue Chase and we’re involved in a very special project to help other homeless animals in Greece like the mother cat and kittens in that lofty garden perch. †We’re a network of 16 rescue groups all bundled together with the common aim of helping the animals others deem ‘unreachable’. † Please have a look at the work we’re doing to help animals in Greece or enjoy a heartwarming video snapshot of our rescues†around the world.

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1:06AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

thanks

3:52PM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

Lady R. what you said is spot on and thanks for everything you posted.

I want to add that if anyone reading this wants to make a HUGE immediate impact in the lives of animals there are 2 things I would recommend:

1. Stop eating them, using them for clothing and for entertainment. The second you go Vegan you not only eliminate the suffering of the hundreds or thousands of animals you would have eaten, you make an enormous impact on the future of animals in general. Especially if you then spread the word about why you went Vegan. Preach on!

2. Find a local stray or feral cat or dog and figure out how you can get them spayed or neutered and/or adopted out. A good way to start is talk to your local animal shelters (no-kill shelters, of course), they should be able to advise you on how best to go about helping the strays in your area. Then look around and find cats/dogs or even random people who are already helping animals near you. You may be surprised what you find.

10:01AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Blessings upon you, Jessica, for saving this kitten. I'm so sorry that she didn't make it, you have my deepest sympathy.

2:31AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Hi dears, thank you all for the lovely comments... I missed that the story was 'in the spotlights' again a bit, but the concern and support is heartwarming still.

Sadly, oh so sadly, the little tyke died last year, only two months after we took her from Greece home with us. There was too much wrong with her body for her to live on so we helped her on her way, she passed away in my hands and I grieve for her to this day. She was LOVED so much and she gave everything in return and more! With a still healing heart and knowing all I know today, I would still scoop her up in an instant. Sometimes all the love isn't in a lot of time, it is in NOW....

And, I can imagine people not going to Greece or like countries, but the many dear folks living there AND loving animals have a really hard time indeed. Virtual adoption is always a possibility and gives them a little hope again! You can go to http://www.friendsofanimals-nf.com/ to see what they do, or for cats http://www.ninelivesgreece.com/en/ . Every action counts...

9:54AM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Martha E wrote: "Cute kitty, all the pics. I would not have brought back the kitten, and now she finds that she is incontinent -- years of work. Woman should take her to a vet to see if there is a fix for this problem. I could not live with that."

Ok Martha, you have made your point. Your compassion is extremely limited...and you also do not read very well. Jessica took this cat to the vet from the start and continues to do so and she CAN live with the cat's health issues.

and Lady R you make extremely valid points. Some people are very quick to criticize other countries for the state of their animals (often countries which have very little money to take care of the problem) but have blinkers on when it comes to looking at conditions in their own country. Puppy mills, abandoned, abused, starved animals are everywhere...even in a country where supposedly there should be the means to take care of them. Look in your own back yard before dumping in others.

5:14PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

B. S. You said. "It is for this reason I won't go to Greece, it would be so traumatic to see the cats and kittens starving."

WELL HUN! It is NO BETTER on the kitties here in the "GOOD OLD USA!" In some cases, IT IS WORSE! YES! WORSE! Unless these is a "NO KILL" shelter close at hand, most counties just kill them faster then the old owner can even get ONE STEP close to the front counter to sign the paperwork to OK it!

There are even some states here where a person can "Go hunting cats" (YES LUV! HOUSE CATS!) with all kinds of things from guns to crossbows because there are so many cats that have been brought in from other towns OR other states and dumped within range of a farm because "A cat can always find a home on a farm to help rit that farm of rats and mice!"

There are even still those fools out there that WILL do the old "Put the kittens (Sometimes no less then a few hours old.) in a sack and toss them in a lake or river" bit! I have seen adult cats and kittens tossed out of MOVING cars or trucks on a BUSY HIGHWAY!

I even rescued a five month old kitten that it's owner had cut off it's left hind leg AND tossed it out of a MOVING CAR! Since I was nine years old, my Mum and I rescued more cats and kittens then I care to count or even try to count for that fact!

So no Luv. Adult cats and kittes have it no better here IN THE GOOD OLD USA! In fact, they just might have it worse here!

4:42PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

She is a sweetheart! Reminds me of my Mum and I's old boy Scooter. Mum saved Scooter from this person (I use the term “person” very loosely here.) that had him and he was younger then Violetta. This SCHMUCK was shooting this poor baby full of HEROIN and COCAINE just for laughs.

Mum said that this poor baby had it worse then a human does getting off that junk because he had NO WAY TO SAY WHERE IT HURT! BUT! All that did was to give her a kitten with more energy then 20 kittens and a cat that did not let ANYTHING get him down and had more love to give then any cat I ever knew!

As far as Violetta goes, she has a good home now! SO GO BACK AFTER THE OTHER FOUR AND SEND THEM MY WAY!

4:40PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

She is a sweetheart! Reminds me of my Mum and I's old boy Scooter. Mum saved Scooter from this person (I use the term “person” very loosely here.) that had him and he was younger then Violetta. This SCHMUCK was shooting this poor baby full of HEROIN and COCAINE just for laughs.

Mum said that this poor baby had it worse then a human does getting off that crap because he had NO WAY TO SAY WHERE IT HURT! BUT! All that did was to give her a kitten with more energy then 20 kittens and a cat that did not let ANYTHING get him down and had more love to give then any cat I ever knew!

As far as Violetta goes, she has a good home now! SO GO BACK AFTER THE OTHER FOUR AND SEND THEM MY WAY!

3:50PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Thank you Jessica. This is heartwarming. I hope she enjoys a full life with you. It's wonderful to know that she is well-loved. She is gorgeous.

2:47PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

lovely rescue!

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