We pull in. Go up to the building and we see two TINY kittens sitting under a bush. I can tell from a distance that they are TINY. So we park. Grab the food. And walk up. They run. Of course. Who can blame them? We set down a plate and let them fill their bellies. I'm close enough to hear them growling at each other =/ Kittens that young should never have to know what extreme hunger is.
While those two are occupied, I walk around the shed and notice another hole in the back. I grab a plate, set it up, and set up camp about 20 feet away. And I see it! Another little head. Checking on the first plate, we now have 3 kittens eating! Yay!!
Now, if you've with me, we've got 4 kittens. A car pulls up. Long story short, the lady had been there last week and was coming back to leave them food. I knew we had to get them today. This had gone on long enough. She and mom picked up the original 2 kittens. The other fled. By this time, I was laying on my stomach about 2 feet away from the second plate. And a truck pulls up. Guy steps out. And goes "You trying to catch something?" Oh if only I was a little more rude ;) I explained what I was doing and ended with "but they keep running into the building, and I can't get into it since it's locked, so I don't know what I'm going to do." He replies, "Well, I have a key."
I COULD HAVE KISSED HIM. (I should insert that it was actually the township guy who had to meet someone there. Talk about perfect timing!!)
So we walk into the maintenance shed after blocking off the holes. And I find (if you're squeamish, don't read the next sentence!) parts of a kitten =/ Something had torn one or two up (I didn't want to examine too closely). So it became DIRE that we get these other ones caught. After some chasing, we did get them. And they did not like us! The one (his name is Atlas, now) kept hissing and spitting at me. And I think it's adorable ;)
We set up a few traps just in case the mom comes although I think they were dumped sans momma. And get half way home before the township guy calls me. We caught another cat! Go pick him up and head to the
The cat we caught in the trap is a GORGEOUS Russian Blue now named Balue. And he's soooo sweet! He was severly dehydrated, malnourished, and scared, but so adorable! Here! Here's his photo:
BATH TIME! It was so horrible to see the fleas running across the babies. Their white fur turned red from all the blood. It took us 2 HOURS!! to wash and deflea (to the best of our ability!) the four. 2 HOURS! That's insane!
After all the drama, my husband and I went back to check the traps. We caught another cat!! A gorgeous MANX tabby we named Aurora who may or may not be momma. SHe's a possible Feline Leuk, so we're waiting to retest =/ I'll keep ya updated.
So to the asshole who thought it was ok to dump 5-6 innocent, helpless kittens, They're safe. No thanks to you. They're warm. They don't have to know what it's like to hide from everything because they don't know if it'll hurt them. THey don't have to starve or hope someone leaves out a McDonald's bag. And they never have to worry about hearing or seeing their sibling die (or any other animal!) again. Again, no thanks to you. I'll clean up after you. I'll take care of the lives you decided weren't worth it. I'll make SURE that they go to a family who will love them for always.
When they are ready, they can all be adopted through Clermont Pets Alive! Look for Atlas, Ajax, Adey, and Axel!
You can still see the fleas crawling on him =/
Those are 5 inch hemostats. And the kitten isn't scaled down. That's just how tiny they are =/ Oh those eyes!