Abandoned kittens in need of care
Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 06:00 am
A local animal rescue group is looking for help to care for three four-week old kittens that were dropped off in a bag at a Turner Valley home last week.
Pound Rescue founder and volunteer Gabriele Barrie said she received a call from a Turner Valley senior on Sept. 19 claiming she found a canvas bag on her back doorstep with three tiny kittens inside.
“Somebody probably knew she likes cats and their cat had kittens and they didn’t want to care for the kittens,” Barrie said, adding the lady who found the kittens has two fixed cats.
Barrie took over care of the kittens the following day and is looking for help to keep the felines fed and cleaned around the clock until they’re ready for adoption.
“We don’t, right now, have foster homes for kittens that need to be bottle-fed,” she said. “I’m setting the alarm clock every three hours. You make the formula and it has to be really warm, otherwise they won’t touch it.”
In addition to feeding each kitten with a syringe, Barrie massages their tummies to prompt them to urinate and defecate and cleans them afterwards, a process that takes 20 to 30 minutes.
Barrie said they must be bottle fed until they are about eight weeks old. Once they’re fixed at 10 to 12 weeks they can go to a home.
“It’s not just the getting up and feeding them, the biggest issue comes finding homes for them,” she said. “We still have last year’s kittens. We have about 30 kittens and we will never find homes for all of them. As soon as these kittens have grown into cats basically nobody wants them anymore. The reality is there is more cats than homes.”
Pound Rescue receives one or two calls each week asking to take in homeless and unwanted kittens in the spring and summer, said Barrie. She said people need to have their pets spayed and neutered.
Barrie said she received a recent request to take in seven or eight nine-week old kittens and refused as the person wanting to surrender the felines said she would have to consult with her husband before deciding whether or not to fix the mother cat.
“I said, ‘If you don’t fix the cat it’s useless helping you because in three months we’re helping you again,’” she said. “The no-kill (animal rescue groups having a no-kill policy) only works when people have their cats fixed. It’s like breeding kittens for a homeless shelter and that’s not right.”
Barrie said Pound Rescue can’t rescue kittens if they have no place for them.
“If we say no it’s the worst thing that happens because we don’t know what they do with them,” she said. “It’s horrible.”
Anyone with experience caring for young kittens who would like to help Barrie can call Pound Rescue at 403-938-4890.