Three years ago today I was contacted by two gals that came across a horrific situation in Perry Co, many cats and kittens living in filth, starving without food and had many medical issues. I told her to put all she can get into carriers and bring them to our rescue, many were already picked up by the local humane society and we fear were euthanized because of their conditions.
When they arrived I was shocked that these kittens were still alive, skin and bones, loaded with fleas that I’m surprised they didn’t die from anemia, they also had a terrible case of ear mites. They had eye issues, URI’s along with the fleas and mites they were in a sad way.
There were 7 kittens and 3 adults, some of the kittens were in better shape than the little ones but all needed tlc. At 1:00 in the morning we started treating every kitty and cat with fluids, eye meds, worm meds and feeding them KMR and wet food. The next day we bathed them before treating them with flea meds. Each cat needed clean bath water because the water was blood red from all of the fleas, I have never seen so many fleas before. We were not sure if all of these babies were going to make it but we were not giving up on them. The one white kitty had sun burnt ears so badly they started to curl back. This was a night I will never forget.
Spending time with a good friend who is a vet, after about a week their eyes started to clear and they started to put on some weight, everyone was doing better than the night they arrived and all of them survived. Every cat and kitty from Perry Co found forever loving homes. This is why we do what we do, these guys would have perished in the elements and starved a slow lingering death. They were lucky the gals happened upon them.
The pictures show the conditions they came from and some before and after of the very injured and sick ones. It’s not pleasant to look at but it’s reality and TNR is a must to prevent this from happening again.
I know we didn’t get all of the kitties there and some were taken elsewhere and it breaks my heart not knowing if they survived or were put down but I’m thankful for these lives that we were able to save.