PURRfessionals Are Called In When Kittens Are Heard Crying In Dumpster… Just Before Pickup Day!

Workers at a trucking company in Elkhart, Indiana, have seen a feral cat near their building for the last few years. She has eluded their TNR attempts at every turn. But now, she had been hanging around their dumpster more and more…with 3 kittens.

Then, just recently, they began hearing faint meowing coming from INSIDE the dumpster! 

Photo courtesy of Here Kitty Kitty Rescue

Luckily the dumpster does not require regular emptying, but pickup day was quickly approaching. Knowing they needed professional help, they reached out to a local non-profit organization, Here Kitty Kitty Rescue (HKKR).

They are dedicated to helping the abandoned and homeless cats find their fur-ever homes. And they were quick to help these “dumpster kitties”!

Photo courtesy of Here Kitty Kitty Rescue

While temperatures are steadily beginning to drop in the Midwest, they knew the garbage service pickup was not the only concern. 

On Wednesday, November 14th, they posted the new mission on their Facebook page

“We need good thoughts and prayers. Somewhere in this full, giant dumpster located at a trucking company in South Bend, are 3 tiny kittens.”

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“Jen is already inside digging around. According to the workers the dumpster is scheduled to be picked up soon.”

When they arrived at the location, they found rusted out holes in the bottom of the dumpster.

To make sure there are no future explorers put in a dangerous position, they securely covered them.

Photo courtesy of Here Kitty Kitty Rescue

This at least, thankfully told them the kittens were not thrown into the receptacle. They likely crawled in to attempt to get the workers leftover food. Their mom could have been keeping them safe and dry there too. Like we said, she is clever girl!

Anxiously, Jen carefully eased her way into the unknown trash in the dumpster.

Photo courtesy of Here Kitty Kitty Rescue

The last thing they wanted to do was injure any kittens hiding in the garbage. 

She slowly began removing trash from the container to eliminate hiding spots. 

It was so scary cleaning out the dumpster. We were so worried with every step we would hurt a kitten buried beneath.

Photo courtesy of Here Kitty Kitty Rescue

After about an hour emptying the dumpster and maneuvering through the rubbish, the first kitten was found! 

The poor baby was so scared, it ran head first into a cup to try to hide; equally cute and heartbreaking!

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Now it was 1 down, 2 to go.

Less than 20 minutes later, the second fluff ball was in their safety.

Photo courtesy of Here Kitty Kitty Rescue

They were sure to update everyone following along on Facebook. 

Here’s baby #2!! Your prayers are working!!! One more to go! Jen is down to the sludge at the bottom of the dumpster.

With the majority of the trash out of the way, the third kitten was caught within the next 20 minutes. 

Hallelujah!! Baby # 3 is safe!! We could not be more relieved to have these kiddos safe and out of this freezing weather! After talking to the employees, it looks like a feral mom found this dumpster to be a good place to keep her kittens dry and fed with garbage leftovers. There were rusted out spots at the bottom of the dumpster where it looks like she brought the kittens in. Luckily the workers saw the kittens playing in the dumpster and asked for help!

Posted by Here Kitty Kitty Rescue on Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The employees assured them if there were any more kittens seen, they’d call right away.  

Although mama cat was no where to be found, they are working with a local TNR team in the hopes she’ll be caught very soon. The goal would be to have her adopted out if she is able to be socialized.

She would be spayed to make sure there are no more mouths to feed!

Photo courtesy of Here Kitty Kitty Rescue

For now, the 5-week-old kittens will be in the care of Here Kitty Kitty Rescue.

They are of an age where socializing them is possible, but will take patience and time. Anyone interested in adopting one of these lucky kitties is encouraged to follow the page for updates on their progress. Hopefully they are ready for fur-ever homes mid-December. There are 2 adorable girls and 1 precious little boy.

Meet Jamie, Jake and Saia (L to R in the photo below).

Jame and Jake are the names of the workers who contacted HKKR and Saia is the name of the trucking company. PURRFECT names!

Photo courtesy of Here Kitty Kitty Rescue

As with all animal rescue non-profit organizations, they need our help to continue these life-saving rescue missions! 

Here Kitty Kitty Rescue has just launched their Holiday campaign. If you’re looking for a deserving organization to help this season, here you go…! 

Today was a whirlwind of several rescues. These faces are what drives us to help those in need. This is why we are working so hard to provide for those who have nothing and have been in the most unimaginable horrific situations, like these three dumpster babies.

Photo courtesy of Here Kitty Kitty Rescue

The campaign we have begun will help provide for the kitties of HKKR until the end of the year. We are optimistic about obtaining a $4000.00 goal by Thanksgiving to be able to purchase much needed litter and cat trees. We are happy to announce we are halfway there!!!

Please, we ask for everyone to just ask ten of your friends to donate just $10.00. It all adds up and with luck your friends will share your request for help and the donations can become a miracle. For those of you that were able to donate or share so far, we thank you very much!!


Photo courtesy of Here Kitty Kitty Rescue


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  1. That was amazing! It really took a lot of courage and perseverance to follow-thru with the rescue but the commitment to the mission shone through. Kudos and blessings to all of you.

  2. Put a trap right in front of the carrier with the kittens and the mother will see and hear them and go in. We’ve caught a few feral moms this way.

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