We just received this story from a volunteer at Guardian Angels Cat Rescue & Adoption Shelter in Hot Springs, AR. Just today someone left a box of malnourished kittens at their back door – never knocked, never told anyone. This happens at shelters all the time, and is yet another reminder of why we need to support shelters and rescues in their efforts to spay and neuter, educate the community, and find loving homes for *all* animals.
Today, at 2:30, we received a call from the business next door to us asking if we knew that we had left a box out back with 4 kittens in it. I went out back, and yes, there was a box of kittens that weighed 11 – 12 oz each. Their eyes were matted closed and they appeared to be malnourished. One of the other shelter volunteers and I weighed them, used a wash cloth to get their eyes open, and started them on veterinary prescribed meds. We also fed them AD and kitten milk. After warming up a heating pad, we draped their cage to isolate them as best as possible in our crowed facility. The “owners” had left loose food on the kittens’ blanket, no water, no note, no concern that it was going to be in the low 40s, and no phone call to alert anyone that these very small kittens, whose only sin in life was to be born, were in the alley. They were so hungry that they tried eating the litter out of the litter box that was placed in their cage.
We did not leave these kittens outback behind the shelter, but someone else did. Did they just discard these kittens or were they left there in the hopes that we would find them? Either scenario is unacceptable. If no one heard their cries and they were not discovered soon, most likely they would have perished during the night in the cardboard box. How sad is that? Thousands of cat and dog are put to death every year because owners do spay or neuter their pet.
Please have your pet spayed or neutered! Our Shelter is full, veterinary costs continuously deplete our funds, and a shortage of volunteers makes our job difficult. Please help by spaying /neutering your pet or donating to this wonderful all volunteer organization. Visit our shelter and see firsthand the wonderful work done with the kittens and cats. It might even inspire you to join in and give a wonderful gift from your heart…volunteering.
Nina MitchellGuardian Angels Cat Rescue & Adoption Shelter volunteerHot Springs, AR”
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