The four newborn kittens abandoned on the side of the road last month will be looking for a new home with the help of good luck and an 85-year-old Wake Forest man.
Samantha Lanlet, a spokeswoman for the Wake County Animal Cruelty Prevention Association, said the kitten was overheated, dehydrated and hungry when it was rescued.
“There is no way to know how long they have been there, but they were picked up at the tick of time,” she said. “It’s very lucky.”
Retired Chuck Campbell came across a sealed bag in a secluded location between Sampson and Johnston counties in May. Campbell said he realized that the bag must have been placed there recently as the grass was mowed that morning. He looked inside because it was the place where he said before that others had abandoned dogs and cats.
“There were five beautiful kittens about two weeks old,” he told The News & Observer on Monday.
“I can’t believe people can do that,” he said of the abandonment. “It’s ruthless.”
Four of them survived and SCPA Wake helped take care of them. According to Lanlet, young kittens need to be fed every two hours to survive and are extremely vulnerable to that factor.
“They were really set to fail in this situation,” she said. “It’s actually a miracle that they survived.”
According to Lanlet, the four surviving kittens (crows, ravens, magpies, and brown tabby cats named Jack Doe) are now healthy. She said foster care has quadrupled in the last four weeks.
“They grew like weeds,” she said.
She said playful kittens would be adopted in about two weeks.
Campbell, who has been feeding and caring for stray cats for the past decade, said the situation “wants to cry.”
“I’m 85 years old, but it can be emotional, especially for animals,” he said.
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According to Lanlet, most abandoned kittens are not left to the people, but they are wild and separated from their mothers. She said it made the situation so shocking.
“When I find a kitten that needs help, I can’t help but feel that it really depends on those who don’t know what to do,” she said. “And if you find a kitten, I want to let the public know that there are steps they can take.”
Lanlet said it was important to assess the situation and look for signs of whether the mother cat was in the area.
“You will only want to intervene if your kitten appears to be unhealthy, ill, and underweight,” she said. “But if they look very small, plump and clean, the best thing is to leave them so that the mother cats come back for them.”
A few weeks later, when she was old enough to eat herself, she said the cats could be safely taken to foster parents and eventually brought into adoption.
If you feel unwell, we recommend calling your local organization for advice. Those who want to help can consider donating to a cat foster parent or a local rescue group.
According to a social news release, all dollars donated to SPCA Wake on Monday will be triple-matched by Raleigh’s Care First Animal Hospital up to $ 100,000.
Donation matches are provided by the hospital in the form of veterinary services.