This week I’d like to tell you the story about two sick kittens that willed each other to recover from their ordeal and go on to find a forever home together.
- Dan Donoher’s column about the animals helped by Kildare Animal Foundation appears every week in the Leinster Leader -
Harris arrived to the shelter after he had been involved in a road traffic accident. He was brought to our vets where he received urgent medical attention. Unfortunately his front leg was so badly damaged in the accident that it had to be removed. Soon after surgery Harris developed complications and become very ill.
In the meantime, a tiny twelve week old kitten arrived at the shelter. She had been found huddled up in a boiler house. She was cold and very ill; a kind lady immediately brought her to the shelter for help. Spooky, as she was christened by our volunteer Lisa, was suffering from severe dehryation and cat flu. As she was so poorly she was also brought straight to the veterinary clinic for treatment.
After spending over a week at the vets both Harris and Spooky were still not improving as well as we had hoped. The decision was then made to place both kittens into the same cage to see would each other’s company make a difference, and within days they both started to improve hugely. They soon started to do everything together – they ate together, played together and cuddled up to each other for nap time. There was nothing one could do without the other. They had formed a bond that could not be broken.
Two weeks later a lovely lady named Bridget arrived at the shelter during visiting hours looking to give a cat a new home. Becky, one of our volunteers showed her to our cat room where all the cats that are ready for rehoming stay. All the cats in our care are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, wormed, defleaed and vet checked before being rehomed. As soon as Bridget stepped into the room she was instantly drawn to four little eyes in the corner of the room.
Bridget never intended to adopt two cats, but it was love at first sight for all three. Lisa, our homing officer called to Bridget’s house to do a home visit to see if Harris and Spooky would be happy living there. As you can see they have settled in very well and are enjoying their new life, a far cry from the life they had before arriving at the shelter.
Kildare Animal Foundation, located outside Kildare town, is a voluntary organisation that provides a safe haven for abused or neglected animals. Tel: 045 522929, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.animalfoundation.ie. All donations welcome.