Good Samaritan Rescues Critically Ill Kittens, Shelter Works to Save Them
This story was submitted by Lindsey Heaney from our shelter friend, the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County. The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County saves pets’ lives in the Tacoma, Washington area, and the Animal Rescue Site is proud to share their stories. You can learn more about their work here!
On March 3, four 4-week-old kittens were brought to the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County with a life-threatening infection after being found by a good Samaritan in an empty lot.
The kittens arrived at the shelter suffering from a severe upper respiratory infection causing trouble breathing. Their eyes are painfully swollen, encrusted with blood, and they can hardly see because of the infection in their eyes. They are extremely malnourished and tiny for their age.
The shelter veterinary team immediately started the kittens on antibiotics, medicated eye and nose drops, and extra feedings to help them gain strength. The kittens are currently in a foster home where they are receiving around-the-clock-care.
With the infection being so severe, the shelter’s veterinary team is monitoring the situation closely as eye removal surgeries may be needed to prevent further deadly infection.
To help these sick kittens continue to get the extensive medical care they need, donations from concerned community members are being accepted at the shelter’s website.
With March marking the start of kitten season, shelters across the country will see plenty of kittens come through their doors, many of which may be in need of significant care. The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County alone cared for over 2,000 kittens in 2021. This time of year, you may want to reach out to your local shelter to see what they need. If you’d like to find out how to help the Tacoma shelter with their own “kitten shower,” click here.
This story was submitted by Lindsey Heaney from our shelter friend the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County in Tacoma, Washington. Learn more about them here!
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