Lucinda, a teenage girl near Melbourne, used her birthday money to take 14 kittens by taxi to the Lort Smith Animal Hospital.
One day, Lucinda, 13, was riding her bicycle along the Moonee Ponds Creek track in the rain. Suddenly five kittens appeared on the trail ahead. Seeing how distressed the kittens looked, Lucinda resolved to take them with her.
“They were so cute. I didn’t want to leave them, they looked so forlorn and lost,” she said.
Now, she needed some way to carry the kittens home.
“It was raining so I ran home to get a laundry basket to collect them.”
Returning with the basket, Lucinda was surprised when nine more kittens came running toward her! So, she had quite the handful but managed to bring them all with her.
🐈🧡 Lucinda Uses Her Birthday Money to Save the Kittens 🧡🐈
Once home, Lucinda contacted the animal hospital, and the staff encouraged her to bring them in.
First, Lucinda would need to arrange transportation to the center of Melbourne. That’s when she decided to use her birthday money.
“It was my birthday a few weeks ago and someone gave me $50 so I used it for a taxi to take the kittens into Lort Smith,” she said.
At the animal hospital, it was the peak of the summer “kitten season.” At the time, hundreds of kittens needed help and care. Nevertheless, they encouraged Ludinda to bring in all 14 kittens.
Once safely at the center, the kittens would receive health care and go to foster homes while they grew bigger and stronger. Then, they would return for microchips and vaccinations. Also, they would be spayed or neutered, and all would be ready for adoption.
Thanks to the teen’s compassion and generosity, all 14 kittens had a chance for long, happy lives. Her example inspired her community, appearing in the local news and blogs across the world.
On Facebook, Lort Smith shared the story:
“BEAUTIFUL ACT OF KINDNESS: 13-year-old Lucinda used her birthday money to save 14 abandoned kittens!”
Year 7 student and animal lover Lucinda was riding home from school along the Moonee Ponds Creek trail last week when she spotted several abandoned kittens.
Lucinda raced home to get a laundry basket to collect the tiny kittens in, and when she returned to pick them up, another group of kittens ran up to her. There were 14 kittens in total!
Lucinda’s father gave her permission to use $50 she was given from her aunty for her birthday to get a taxi to take the kittens to safety at Lort Smith Animal Hospital. Amazing!”
People Offer to Repay Lucinda
In the comments, one person offered to return Lucinda’s money to her.
“If someone could tell me how…. I’d like to give that lovely girl her money back….and a gift! What a wonderful child!” they wrote.
In response, Lort Smith responded, and another person had also offered to reward Lucinda for her kindness. Then, the family extended even more generosity to help the many kittens needing help.
“…That’s a very generous offer. This story appeared in the Herald Sun today, and a reader got in touch with us and offered to give Lucinda her $50 back. We let Lucinda’s family know, and they told us she would prefer the person donated to Lort Smith instead. She’s an amazing girl! Thank you for your offer.”
Below, you can see a few of the animals adopted in October 2021 alone.
“Here are just some of the animals who were adopted from Lort Smith during the month of October! 💙”