Some people should never be allowed to care for kittens. It’s a sad truth. There are some who refuse to spay or neuter their cats and dogs or to get them the vaccinations they need. Sometimes these people can’t even be bothered to provide them with the proper food. And others leave them in the hot sun to fend for themselves.
That’s exactly what happened in North Vancouver where several tiny kittens were found after being abandoned in the middle of a devastating heat wave that roasted the region’s North Shore, News 1130 reports. And this heatwave was so severe that hundreds of people have died.
The Situation For These Kittens Didn’t Look Good.
7 kittens were dumped across the North Shore in recent days, as temperatures continued to skyrocket across the Lower Mainland. Lana Simon is with Pacific Animal Foundation in North Van, she says two kittens were in bad shape – dehydrated and had to get fluids @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/hlFJfOYIkS
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According to Lana Simon, founder of the Pacific Animal Foundation in North Vancouver, seven kittens were found in various locations.
The poor babies were dehydrated and “just skin and bones. One is extremely lethargic, which is typical of dehydration. We don’t really know how long they were out there,” she told News 1130. “We just immediately lined up a rushed vet visit.”
Simon noted two of the kittens were in very rough shape and needed extra medical treatment. Because they were so young and the heatwave so severe, the cats very well could have died.
“They needed subcutaneous fluids to hydrate them again. They would have not been able to take in enough water on their own right to their little systems. The vets had to intervene,” she said. “This was the very start of the heatwave — that was Thursday night. So, being dehydrated then, they just would not have been strong enough to go much longer I don’t think.”
“Now, they’ve received plenty of good food and the fluids they needed,” notes volunteer Devon Teimoori.
Thankfully, The Kittens Were Friendly.
All of the kitties were uncommonly friendly, including the purbaby below, who earned the name Louise. There didn’t seem to be a single feral bone among them. So it became immediately clear the kittens previously lived with people.
“These little kittens are all social, very social, which tells us they’ve had a lot of human contact,” Simon added.
Sadly, love isn’t enough sometimes. The damage had been done and one of the little babies passed only a week and a half later.
She and another kitten wound up being fostered together, adorably named Thelma and Louise. But even though she fought for ten days, dehydration and suffering in the hot sun were too much for tiny Thelma. And she perished after giving it her all.
But Now Louise Has All The Things She Needs To Thrive…And New Friends Too!
“Louise is thriving! She is loving life in her foster home snuggling and playing with her brother and sister (a cat and a pitbull )”, Pacific Animal Foundation wrote in a Facebook post. She is gaining weight daily and really coming out of her shell! We are so happy to see her turn a corner.”
Here she is with her new buddies. You know, just being darn adorable.
We couldn’t be happier for this sweet kitten who now leads quite the “cool” life. We hope all of the tiny muffins get the love and care they each deserve!
Simon is reminding people that dumping animals is cruel and definitely not the way to go. But there is really no excuse for such a thing. The kittens in this case undoubtedly would have died during the heatwave if they hadn’t been discovered. Be sure to follow them on social media for adoption updates!
“We try to educate people that there are choices, and there is help out there,” she noted. “Everybody has a computer these days, you know, so they can Google and find a local rescue group or they can phone a vet clinic for advice.”
Photos courtesy of Pacific Animal Foundation/Facebook