One shelter in Serbia found themselves in the right place at the right time to save a needy kitten.
Volunteers for the Dog Rescue Shelter Mladenovac were on their way into the shelter one morning when they came across a lonely little kitten trying to cross the street.
Even though their organization primarily works with dogs, they are more than happy to help whenever an animal is in need. And this little kitten was!
Wandering in an intersection, the black and white fur-baby paced back and forth. Although it is not a busy location, it is certainly not a safe place for any animals.
As they approached the kitten, he thankfully didn’t run off to avoid his rescuers.
Getting closer, they noticed his right eye was infected and perhaps the kitten’s vision was impaired.
He allowed them to near him, only flitting off a few feet away.
One man cautiously and slowly crouched closer and surprisingly, was able to simply reach out and grab the little boy.
The poor kitten was clearly very hungry and even began “testing” their fingers for a tasty treat.
He happily accepted their kitten formula eventually and was given medication for his eye.
They do have some other cats at the shelter, but this 4-week-old boy was too young to be placed into the population there. So they have set up a foster family to care for him until he can be adopted out.
A video of the entire rescue and little sweetie, now named Fabio, is being shared in the hopes to help him find his fur-ever family.
Two young kittens found themselves in deep trouble when they fell into a bucket of white paint.
On the night of July 30th, some homeowners were painting the outside of their house when they left the large bucket unattended. A neighbor’s CCTV cameras later confirmed that the couple went into their garage for just a few minutes to grab supplies when the curious kittens approached the open container.
It is not mentioned why the kittens were outside exploring unattended, if they were feral or if they belonged to someone.
Then as they were investigating the paint, both managed to fall into the paint bucket!
They were immediately rushed to nearby Bradford Cat Watch Rescue when they were discovered. The kittens were absolutely covered and dripping with white glossy paint from their heads to the tip their tails.
This was a first for the experienced shelter. Saving over 500 cats a year, never had they seen such a sight!
Jumping into action, they rushed the 2 kittens to their vet’s office. Both the vet and the team had no clue of the fastest and safest way to clean the paint off the kittens.
The safest option they found was to bathe the kittens in butter, but this only managed to clean off some of the paint. Even that took hours of work and 2 very scared and patient kittens.
Volunteers wouldn’t give up and little by little the paint is coming off. There is still a long way to go however and lots of brushing and grooming is certainly in the kittens’ futures.
Not only are rescuers concerned about cleaning the kittens fur though, they are both having respiratory issues from the paint fumes.
Toxicity levels from the dip they took are also unknown to date and they will continue to monitor the babies closely for any after-effects. It sadly could produce damaging liver issues after the exposure they experienced.
The duo have been aptly named Dulux and Johnstone after 2 paint brands.
The all volunteer based organization are fostering the kittens during their recovery and so far they are doing well. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on the lucky little explorers for any updates!
Please visit their websiteif you are interesting in donating to help put a dent in their current vet bill which has reached thousands of dollars. After helping Dulux and Johnstone along with all the other desperate felines in their care, they need all the support we can give!
Two weeks ago, a darling cat named Christopher’s life almost ended.
He was taken in by the local county shelter and put on the euthanasia list, giving him only HOURS to live, if that. Why was this sweet cat doomed? Because he had 2 luxating patellas…translation: bad knees!
There are many of us out there with this same condition. But are we facing death because of it?! Certainly not.
Fortunately, St. Francis Society Animal Rescue in Tampa, FL were informed of his plight. Rushing to the shelter, they were able to commit to taking the deserving boy into their foster care, saving him from certain death.
One of their experienced fosters had sadly that very day, lost her greyhound, who also suffered from leg issues. Perhaps helping Christopher in honor of her beloved dog’s memory would save more than one soul.
However, when Christopher was taken in for his first vet visit, they discovered the issue with the 10-month old boy was more serious that originally documented.
All 4 of his legs had problems. The tiny tibias on his back legs are severely curved which pulls on his knees, affecting his quality of life. His condition is most likely due to a rare birth defect and will require great care and multiple surgeries to help him.
Animal rescuing is an ongoing war, fighting battle after battle. With Christopher, his brief stay at the county shelter also provided him with one more thing to conquer…an upper respiratory infection.
While his vet could begin to address the infection, he would not be able to do the surgeries to help his legs. He did admit that it was the worst case of the affliction that he’d ever seen.
But, there was an option.
Another surgeon, Dr. Hay WOULD be able to perform the surgeries!
The costly surgeries.
Surgery is estimated at a MINIMUM cost of $2000 for EACH LEG!
St. Francis fosters know that little brave Christopher is worth every penny though. Before the infection took hold, you can see how happy and playful he is in the video below. They are certain that after the surgery he would live a healthy and normal life.
They will continue to monitor and have further exams on his front legs, but it does not look like he will require surgery on these limbs.
So for now baby Christopher is fighting his infection and just fighting to breathe. He has spent the last several days at the animal hospital receiving fluids, medications and blood-work. They believe Christopher has started to turn a corner and will make it, but he needs round-the-clock care until he is well enough to start eating on his own.
This has not stopped the handsome Tabby from winning the hearts of everyone who meets him. Nothing can put a damper on this boys loving demeanor.
Fundraising for the friendly feline is adamantly underway. Since St. Francis Society Animal Rescue is an all volunteer, non-profit 501-c-3 animal rescue organization, every single penny donated will help Christopher’s fight to live agony-free.
He is currently on pain medication to help with his knees, but arthritis will only make it more difficult to recover the longer he is without the surgeries. They are trying to keep him minimally active to help the muscles, but sure to never push him past his limits or with anything that would cause pain.
St. Francis shared their plea with the devoted followers who have been there since day one of Christopher’s intake. We are happy to help join the cause!
“Village, we need your help!! Christopher’s medical care is going to be very costly, but we believe he is worth every dime of it! Please watch his video (taken before he was sick with the infection) and look how happy he is! He wants to live and we want to help him walk. Can you please help Christopher and make a donation for his care? We would also be grateful if you could share his story. On behalf of Christopher, we thank you for your help!!”
A group of determined fireman stopped at nothing to rescue a young female kitten from a storm drain in Connecticut.
When nearby business owners heard meowing Monday, they tracked the sad sound down to a grate behind the buildings. They quickly called the Fire Department and local animal rescue group Halfway Home Rescue, Inc.
Having begun rescuing abandoned, abused and homeless animals in the area since 2004, Halfway Home has saved over 5,000 lives!
This was not the first time the fire crews and shelter workers have teamed up to pull a helpless soul from despair. Treasurer and rescuer for the shelter, Carey Ann Dadio, says battalion Chief Gary Couture has always supported and assisted the shelter when possible.
No doubt about it, the Hamden Professional Firefighters Local 2687 gave this rescue effort 110%.
When the grate blocking the kittens escape couldn’t be lifted easily, the crew tried everything they could to succeed. Cautious of the kitten below, Fireman Brian Gagnon took a large mallet to the edges of sealed grate, but still couldn’t knock it loose.
Hours went by with no success. They even pulled out the jaws of life to try to pry it open but were unable to free the grate without endangering the kitten further. Finally a tow truck was called to the scene and large chain was used to yank the barrier free.
Brian then lowered a camera into the dark drain to determine the best plan of action. From the camera footage, she didn’t appear to be fleeing. He slowly climbed into the hole with a bag in case the kitten was feral and fought her heroes.
As tensions were lifting after the first obstacle had been removed, crew members joked about finding loose change, it luckily NOT being a day the Boston Red Sox were playing the NY Yankees (because they’d all be watching the game) and having sardines ready to tempt the kitten…or in case Brian became hungry in the hole.
But it didn’t take too long and the little girl was pulled from the danger zone. She was taken by Carey and rushed to the shelter to begin the healing process. Right away they noticed some heartbreaking news.
Not only was she starving and dehydrated, she also had one paw that was deformed. They weren’t sure if it was from the fall into the sewer or a defect she was born with. They bathed her, gave her fluids and baby food and she was scheduled to visit the vet first thing the next morning. No one knew just how long she’d been in the dark alone, scared, wet and injured.
Finally starting to realize she was safe and now the filth of the sewer was washed off, she happily purred while being dried.
At the vet, they received some sad news about the little girl, now named Bree after her hero, Brian.
When she had fallen down into the hole, she had dislocated and fractured her elbow. Unfortunately the leg would have to be amputated. They wouldn’t be able to perform the surgery until Bree was healthier and strong enough to withstand the procedure. And this was not a cheap fix.
It is estimated that it will cost at least $1000 for the operation!
The shelter shared her story on their Facebook page and started fundraising for the costs that day. It took just over 1 day for their supportive following to raise the money for Bree!
The shelter assures everyone that any funds not needed specifically for Bree will go to helping the more than 600 other animals a year they rescue.
They happily announced on their Facebook page the update on the lucky kitten, sure to express their gratitude.
“Thank you so much to all who donated, shared, and sent support for this little peanut. She has officially been named “Bree” after the wonderful firefighter (Brian Gagnon) who climbed into the sewer to save her.”
“They promise me that one day I will be a beautiful, healthy kitty. Thanks to my friends at the Hamden Fire Dept, etc; I was rescued from a storm drain. Those super kind people spent hours working to save my life.”
“Every donation and every share are much appreciated.”
Now Bree will have a chance at life. Dadio ensures everyone she is recovering nicely and that she’ll be a big, fluffy beauty. Once she has the surgery and is fully healed, she’ll be put up for adoption by the shelter.
The lucky family that brings this girl into their home will always recall how Bree got her name; from the wonderful fireman who never gave up on the small soul.
An animal loving man in Omaha, Nebraska put his own life in danger on Wednesday morning to save a wee-little kitten.
At the Omaha World-Herald Building, a woman heard tiny meows coming from below a grate in the parking garage. She called the Nebraska Humane Society who were on their way to the scene when the danger of the situation began to grow.
Peter Nelson, an employee for the building managers Colliers International, wanted to help in any way that he could. He and another man opened up a large grate, removing the heavy metal cover. The would-be rescuers heard the tiny cries for help coming from the bottom of the deep cavern.
The ventilation shaft measured approximately 25 feet deep, 10 feet long and 8 feet wide. They slowly lowered a ladder down to the depths and Peter began his decent. Humane Society officers had arrived in preparation to receive the feline.
A gathering crowd of supporters and spectators later recalled that the ladder was unstable causing Peter to fall into the dangerous hole. The ladder also plummeted to the bottom of the cramped quarters.
The Omaha Police department and Fire department were immediately alerted to the escalating rescue effort. Now this worryingly included a human and a kitten in dire straits.
Emergency crews of firemen, EMT’s and police officers quickly worked to control the situation. Passerby’s stopped to gather around the unfolding rescue while the professionals lowered ladders, ropes and a stretcher into the dark hole.
They were able to pull Peter to safety where he was rushed to the hospital and is in serious condition.
A tiny black kitten was placed into the hands of the Humane Society officer who whisked him to safety.
Today on the Humane Societies Facebook page, they shared a touching post from the little fella that they named Herald, after the building he was found near. *We’re hoping his middle name is Peter!
“Yesterday a good Samaritan was injured trying to rescue a kitten from a ventilation shaft near the Omaha World-Herald Building. NHS has the tiny kitty (now named Herald) and he wants to say thank you to the man for helping him! Herald hopes that he’ll make a speedy recovery!”
They will be scanning Herald for a micro-chip and any owner information, but are not sure where the young kitten came from. If he has no chip, he will be cared for until he can be vetted and put up for adoption. If you are interested in adopting a cat or kitten in the area, please contact them on their website at: http://www.nehumanesociety.org.
This is a great opportunity to remind everyone that it can be VERY dangerous trying to rescue animals on your own without the assistance of professionals.
Even with the best of intentions to save the animals in need, we need to keep our own safety in the forefront of our minds. Otherwise we won’t be around to help the next animals!
A woman in Kansas lost everything when her house exploded on July 19th. They sadly believed this included her two beloved cats who could not be found after the tragedy.
The year had started with a bang, a more positive one, when Ashley Nadeau was named the new Director of Marketing and Development for the Topeka Performing Arts Center. She had just given birth to a little girl, Rosalie, and this new mom was ready for anything that life threw at her.
What no one could guess was that life was going to literally “blow up” for her!
The fire officials know that a power line had come down in a storm when a branch fell, likely causing the explosion and utter destruction of her home. Two nearby homes were also destroyed in the blast but fortunately no one was severely injured.
Thankfully, they were not home when the tragedy occurred but the family’s 2 cats, Kunimitsu and Mr. Tibbs, were on the property. Ashley had smelled gas and been advised by the gas company to evacuate as a precautionary measure. Mom and dad gathered up Rosalie and the families two dogs, and fled.
*We can only assume here that the cats were indoor/outdoor and not found when they fled the home. Comments from people asking why they were left behind have gone unanswered on social media but Ashley’s Facebook account assures friends and family she’s actually a “crazy cat lady”.
The home reportedly blew up at 10:30 pm, only an hour after they had left. They would never have known it’d be the last time they walked out the door.
The blast was felt blocks away, as if a freight train had rumbled through the streets.
Dealing with the loss of all their belongings and cherished cats was overwhelming, but this strong woman held her head high and hoped for the best through it all. She told one local paper that she’d been having dreams that she had found the cats. This fueled her desire to hold on to hope.
And her positive outlook was met with an amazing karmic return!
Just this week, the insurance company was onsite at the remains of the house. While the work crews were cleaning up the debris, they were shocked to find Kunimitsu hiding in a pipe! They called Ashley immediately and she couldn’t believe the what she was hearing.
It had been 3 weeks since the disaster!
Ashley rushed to the site, happily retrieving a scared and dirty Kunimitsu in her arms and went straight to the vet. The poor girl did have some singed fur on her body and ears, but other than that, physically seemed healthy. She stayed at the vet’s overnight so they could test her blood and liver levels after not having access to food and water for over 20 days.
If Kunimitsu had been found, now Ashley was sure not going to give up hope of finding Mr. Tibbs!
She and a friend went back to the property the next day to sift through the rubble for any family mementos or signs of her male cat. This extremely lucky lady was absolutely astounded when her friend found him also hiding underneath the remains of the home!
After all the heavy machines and equipment plowing through the site the day before, it’s unbelievable that he had survived that AND an explosion. Just like his sister, Mr. Tibbs had his ears and fur singed in the scorching heat.
Ashley has no misgivings about the miracles that she experienced and they are ALL extremely lucky to be alive.
Her family and friends have supported her with anything she is in need of while she rebuilds her life. More than 100 people have donated to helping them, generously raising over $8,000!
Some very lucky cats who narrowly escaped a fire in Illinois have warmed the hearts of their rescuers.
Back in March of 2018, a raging 5-alarm fire in an apartment complex on the north side of Chicago broke out around 8:30 pm. All the residents in the 72 unit building were evacuated as the fire spread through the walls on 2 of the 5 floors. It took fireman about an hour to extinguish the blaze that they determined began in a plumbing wall. Thankfully only 1 person had minor injuries but some resident felines were not as fortunate.
Sadly one of the residents was found to have at least 35 cats living in her small home, some as young as newborns. Devastatingly only 25 of the felines were rescued from tragedy. A few of the cats that made it out of the inferno with their lives will wear permanent scars.
Thankfully the owner signed the remaining cats over to CARF: The Critical Animal Relief Foundation, so they could receive the care and medical attention they badly needed. Fosterers and medical staff would welcome the traumatized the cats into their homes and hearts.
Experiencing the worst of the injuries was a shy chocolate-brown female, named S’mores.
She was lucky to have one of the veterinarians from Village West Veterinary, the founder of CARF’s own vet clinic, fostering her to watch over her difficult recovery.
S’mores had suffered severe burns on her ear and paws. On April 4th, the team shared a nerve-wracking update on her.
She had been fighting a fever for 5 days and wasn’t eating so they’d been syringe feeding her and giving her fluids through an IV. The brave fighter was also put on antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications for infections.
Through it all, she still loved snuggling with her favorite toys, receiving face massages and proved even with toasty paws, she could still “make biscuits” with no issues.
After a few days, S’mores was finally feeling a bit better. No doubt with the help of her candy-striper zebra and a fluffy sheep sent by a caring supporter of the group! =)
She wasn’t out of danger yet though.
The sweet girl’s burns were so bad that surgery was eventually required to remove the infected tissue. This sadly included losing an ear and one of her toes. Volunteers were ecstatic when S’mores still showed love and snuggles, despite all she’d experienced.
While S’mores was battling infections and burns, another cat named Parker was also coping with the after-effects of the hoarding situation and fire.
On April 13th, CARF took in Parker, a beautiful grey girl who had been under the watchful eye of vets and medical personal since the fire. She was experiencing very bad skin issues from the environment she’d been living in.
One of the CARF volunteers had taken a special interest in Parker. For her birthday, Allison Tarr raised $740 for the lucky cat to help with her recovery! With the donations from her birthday fund, Parker is sure to start the next year of her life with hope and eventually a new furever home.
Another pair of rescued cats arrived at the center, happily having avoided injury from the flames and now out of the inhumane conditions.
From the moment they arrived at CARF, Ash and Cinder spread their joy and love to everyone they met.
The girls were both about 5 months old and without the ongoing recovery their “sisters” were enduring, were able to be put up for adoption in a short time.
On April 22nd, the adorable black and grey duo were scooped up together by one lucky family! It’s a wonderful thing that the girls were able to take the next steps of their life as a pair.
Just last week, CARF were pleased to announce more happy news about S’mores.
After several surgeries which required numerous trips to and from the vets office at Village West, S’mores captured the heart of her foster mom. Nursing the loving cat back from her horrific ordeal, there was no way she could let the cat go and S’mores will stay with her fur-ever! A purr-fect ending to a long and difficult chapter for S’mores. =)
Lots of great reminders to give – and keep – all cherished fur-babies from experiencing heartbreaking situations this this !
*Spay/Neuter your pets!
*Adopt Don’t Shop!
*Support your local rescue organizations!
*Fire Prevention Safety for your pets!
*If you see something, say something! It’s not likely someone can hide the smell or sounds from 35 cats in an apartment building without anyone noticing.