The call came in. "I have a litter of newborns that are still in the placentas and all wrapped together and barely alive and the mother is nowhere to be found, will you take them?" CEO Penny Dougherty took the call and immediately responded with "yes we will take them, get them here as soon as you can".
A short time later, the rescuer arrived with this tangled bundle of kittens, only hours old, suffocating from placenta, umbilical cords wrapped around their necks and feet, covered with ants and fleas and barely alive. There was no time to document with photos.
Our volunteer medical staff on duty that day Tina Anderson, Samantha Dant and Jessica Terra went right to work. They were amazing! Time was of the essence and the team immediately triaged the litter, started with the most critical and got them all separated, bathed, cleaned of ants and fleas, fed and warmed in minutes like a well oiled ER team. We would like to say that calls like this are rare, but they are all in a day's work for the dedicated volunteers here at Kitten Central!