Young Kitten Found Wandering Streets Alone By Dog Shelter Volunteers; Now Needs Furever Home!

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.

Photo: Screenshot from video @ Facebook/DogRescueShelterMladenovac

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.

Photo: Screenshot from video @ Facebook/DogRescueShelterMladenovac

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.

Photo: Screenshot from video @ Facebook/DogRescueShelterMladenovac

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.

Photo: Screenshot from video @ Facebook/DogRescueShelterMladenovac

 

The poor kitten was clearly very hungry and even began “testing” their fingers for a tasty treat.

Photo: Screenshot from video @ Facebook/DogRescueShelterMladenovac

He happily accepted their kitten formula eventually and was given medication for his eye. 

Photo: Screenshot from video @ Facebook/DogRescueShelterMladenovac

 

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.

Photo: Screenshot from video @ Facebook/DogRescueShelterMladenovac

 

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.

Photo: Screenshot from video @ Facebook/DogRescueShelterMladenovac

If you want to adopt little Fabio, please contact them at: www.dogrescueshelter.org.

Remember to Adopt Don’t Shop and Spay/Neuter your pets! 

Photo: Screenshot from video @ Facebook/DogRescueShelterMladenovac

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Two Curious Kittens Find Themselves In Deep Trouble After “Investigating” A Bucket Of Paint!

Two young kittens found themselves in deep trouble when they fell into a bucket of white paint.

Photo: Facebook/Bradford Cat Watch Rescue Kittens

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!

Photo: Facebook/Bradford Cat Watch Rescue Kittens

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!

Photo: Facebook/Bradford Cat Watch Rescue Kittens

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.

Photo: Facebook/Bradford Cat Watch Rescue 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.

Photo: Facebook/Bradford Cat Watch Rescue Kittens

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.

Photo: Facebook/Bradford Cat Watch Rescue Kittens

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 website if 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!  

Photo: Screenshot of some of the adorable cats up for adoption at BCWR

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Kitten Almost Left Behind After Sibling Saved 24 Hours Earlier!

Firefighters from the Kalgoorlie-Boulder fire station in Australia were overjoyed after they rescued a young kitten from between two walls on Monday. 

Photo: Perthnow.com; Kalgoorlie Miner

But then they received another call after a woman heard meowing STILL coming from the narrow opening between the walls. There was another kitten who had been hiding throughout the entire rescue of it’s sibling!

Knowing it was beyond lucky that these kittens were even heard as their tiny meows echoed off the brick walls, the fireman resolved to stop at nothing to get them both out safely.

Photo: Perthnow.com; Kalgoorlie Miner

The trio of heroes spent over an hour and a half devising a plan to reach the kitten. She was trapped almost 15 feet down from the roof of the building. It is likely the 2 kittens were playing and feel into the abyss as there was no visible way in or out of the small space.

They were finally able to duct tape two long poles together with a net attached to the end. Carefully lowering it down into the opening, they hoped the kitten wouldn’t retreat into it’s unknown hiding place, avoiding capture. The tiny grey fluff-ball could be seen watching the men from below with her scared little eyes.

Photo: Perthnow.com; Kalgoorlie Miner

And luckily they were finally able to scoop the cutie up!

She was taken to the local RSPCA Goldfields and will be given a full exam. Fortunately, she didn’t seem to have any injuries. 

The little girl was named “Lucky” by the fireman who were thrilled that the 8-week-old kitten was saved after spending at least 24 hours in the gap. 

Photo: Perthnow.com; Kalgoorlie Miner

A bit feisty at first, the brave kitten settled down after she realized she was safe in the arms of caring people. 

Lucky will be reunited with her sibling who was caught the day prior and both will settle into a foster home until they are vetted and ready for adoption.  

Photo: Perthnow.com; Kalgoorlie Miner

Thankfully the workers from the business had their “listening ears” on and will know to always keep an eye open for animals in the area. They did the right thing by contacting the professionals to handle the situation too as it can be very dangerous to attempt animal rescues

Best of luck to Lucky and her litter-mate for a safe and happy future! 

Photo: Perthnow.com; Kalgoorlie Miner

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How to Litter Train a Kitten

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Wondering how to litter train a kitten? We first brought home our gray-and-white cat, Phillip, when he was a kitten. We already owned Jack, who was 4 years old at the time, so we had all the necessary litter box supplies on hand. The rescue organization staff, however, told us to encourage Phillip to practice good litter box behavior by providing him with a litter box and litter designed for kittens.

We bought Phillip a smaller, kitten-sized litter box and set it up with litter formulated to be safe if ingested. Philip took to it right away, and we praised him when he used it. Marilyn Krieger, certified cat behavior consultant (thecatcoach.com) and author of Naughty No More! agrees with that approach when it comes to how to litter train a kitten.

“Young kittens need uncovered litter boxes with low sides that are easy for them to access,” she says, recommending a box made of plastic that is one-and-a-half to two times as long as the kitten. “Cat litter needs to be kitten safe — if the youngster eats it, it won’t harm her.”

Accidents will happen when litter training kittens

It's okay if your kitten has some accidents along the way. Photography ©absolutimages | Getty Images.

It’s okay if your kitten has some accidents along the way. Photography ©absolutimages | Getty Images.

Don’t worry: When introducing your kitten to her new environment, don’t worry if she has a few litter box accidents. If an accident occurs, Marilyn suggests investigating the litter box to ensure it is clean and accessible. “Make sure there are enough [litter boxes available], and they’re clean, uncovered and large enough,” she says. “Also, make sure that other animals in the household aren’t stressing her.”

Be concerned: If your kitten has an accident, don’t punish her. “Don’t yell at her or make startling sounds,” Marilyn says. “She hasn’t done anything wrong.” Instead, Marilyn says to clean up the mess using an enzyme cleaner and make sure the box is clean.

To make the litter box as appealing as possible, we put it in an area that was convenient for Phillip to access, and we made sure Jack still had his litter box available. If Phillip ventured into Jack’s box, we let him explore and use it, too — but we kept an eye on him to make sure he didn’t ingest any of the litter.

Making the litter box accessible is key in how to litter train a kitten, Marilyn says. “Litter boxes should be placed where the kitten can easily find them,” she explains. “Although most kittens are litter box savvy when they are adopted, some may need a little encouragement or a refresher course. These little ones should … always be praised and reinforced when they are successful.”

Make sure the litter box is located appropriately

When it comes to how to litter train a kitten, Marilyn also recommends keeping the kitten and all her supplies in her own room when you first bring her home. “One room should be prepared especially for the kitten, complete with food, water, toys and places to sleep as well as a few litter boxes that are placed in different areas of the room,” she says. “The litter boxes should not be positioned near food, sleeping spots or in high-traffic areas.”

Don’t worry: The room for your kitten doesn’t have to be completely isolated from other people; in fact, you want to spend plenty of time with your kitten in this room. The idea is to keep the kitten away from other pets at first until she feels comfortable in her new surroundings.

Be concerned: Litter boxes aren’t the most attractive items, but don’t tuck it back in an unobtrusive corner. Your kitten needs to be able to easily find the box.

How to litter train a kitten successfully

Here are some great tips when learning how to litter train a kitten successfully. ©absolutimages | Getty Images.

Follow these great tips below when learning how to litter train a kitten. ©absolutimages | Getty Images.

We were fortunate that Phillip already seemed to have a strong grasp of litter box usage and an independent nature that led him to seek out the box on his own without needing encouragement. I’m glad the staff from the rescue organization gave us some additional tips on how to litter train a kitten, many of which Marilyn recommends, too. They include:

  1. Scoop the box daily — and more often, if needed. A clean litter box is more appealing to a young kitten learning good box habits.
  2. Wash the litter box with hot water and a small amount of unscented dish soap. Avoid harsh chemicals when cleaning the box. A kitten’s small body can react negatively to the ingredients in many strong household cleansers.
  3. Provide more than one litter box, especially if you have more than one cat. A good rule of thumb is a box for every cat, plus one more.
  4. Keep the litter box in the same location so the kitten can easily find it.

How to litter train a kitten — when to seek extra help

Don’t worry: As mentioned above, accidents may happen. Gentle encouragement helps your kitten learn good habits. You can help, too, as Marilyn explains: “After the kitten eats, put her in the litter box. Also, depending on the situation, keeping her in a kitten room with a few litter boxes may build good litter box habits.”

Be concerned: If you notice that your kitten is not using the box daily (and you don’t find evidence of her using a location outside the box), or if you suspect something is not quite right with the contents of the box, take her to the vet. The litter box is one of the areas where signs of a medical problem show up first. Trust your instincts.

Thumbnail: Photography ©absolutimages | Getty Images.

A lifelong cat owner, Stacy N. Hackett writes frequently about cats, cat breeds and a range of pet-related topics. The inspiration for her writing comes from her cats, Jack and Katie, and her Cocker Spaniel/Labrador Retriever mix, Maggie.

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NEW UPDATES! What Has The “Man Who Found Kittens Under His Bed But Doesn’t Own A Cat” Been Up To?

WARNING *Some tweets may include vulgar language due to the uncontrollable joy being experienced*

You may recall the article we wrote a couple months ago about the hilarious and exciting news Twitter user Paris Zarcilla shared with the world.

Since then, his Twitter feed has been flooded with adorable cat and kitten pictures while he nervously anticipated the day when mama cat would be checked for a micro-chip. If she was found to have an owner, he may have to return the furry family that he had so quickly fell in love with.

Photo: GoFundMe page; the babies growing more and more adorable each day

To the absolute delight of his now more than 47,000 followers, he has kept everyone close by his side throughout the emotional journey.

“Have been receiving replies to my missing cat poster. THANKFULLY, none of them match. The Gryffindor in me will do the right thing if and when the time comes. BUT my Slytherin self says “THESE ARE MY G**DAMN CHILDREN NOW YOU S.o.B!” I’ll be fine.”

There are just not enough hours in the day to delight in the amount of adorable kitten pictures and posts!

Life as a “cat servant” seems to suit Paris well. As his phone became full of precious feline photos, he was proud to show off his children to everyone.

Every momentous step in the kittens development and daily progress was thankfully documented.

While the new mom doted on her babies, Paris hadn’t received any matches to the numerous posts and inquiries in the area for any missing cats. He knew it was time he had to confirm and check for a microchip.

The world waited with baited breath as he nervously posted tweet after tweet from the waiting room of the veterinarian office.

NOW AS AN OFFICIAL CAT PURRENT, Paris happily accepted the task of helping raise 4 kittens.

Kitten proofing (attempts) began and were met with willing challengers.

But Zarcilla was in for a most unexpected surprise!

After selflessly sharing the entire saga and the unfiltered emotional roller-coaster he had been on with the public, the public was graciously there for him in his new-found role of cat dad.

Twitter fans pleaded with him to set up a GoFundMe page knowing that a new cat owner is often overwhelmed with the financial reality of having an animal, let alone a mama and her 4 kittens!

“I have never been so positively affected by anything. ANY THING.”

“Their purity, their majesty. It’s magic. Frankly, they’ve pulled me from a dark place and in to their light. The daily lessons I learn from them are illuminating, infinite and far reaching. And these lessons are not just about cat fatherhood but also aspects about myself. I’m going to love and protect them until they need me no more and that’s the least I can give them.” ~ excerpt from his GoFundMe page.

They raised an amazing £4,075.00, which is over $4,600.00! 

So now Paris and his furry family are official! He has also decided that “The Queen” mama cat needed a better name…so she will now be known as Forever. We’re really hoping that as his cad-dad transformation and initiation period ends, he will rightfully spell that FURever =)

CONGRATS to Paris, mama Forever, boys Rickon, Jamie and Tyrion and solo babygirl, Lyanna Mormont.


 

He’s clearly learned the most important thing already. 

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Kitten May Lose A Leg, But Has A Forever Reminder Of Her Fireman Rescuer

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.

Photo: Facebook 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.

Posted by Carey Ann Dadio on Monday, August 6, 2018

 

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.

Posted by Carey Ann Dadio on Monday, August 6, 2018

 

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.

Photo: Screenshot Facebook Video: Halfway Home Rescue, Inc.

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.

Photos: s.hdnux.com

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.

Photo: s.hdnux.com

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!

Photo: Facebook Halfway Home Rescue, Inc.

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.”

Photo: Screenshot Facebook Video: Halfway Home Rescue, Inc.

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.

Photo: Screenshot Facebook Video: Halfway Home Rescue, Inc. – Brian wishing the little kitten good luck!

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Man In Serious Condition Risked His Life To Save One Tiny Kitten

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.

Photo: crossoverreport.com; Example of city grate

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.

Photo: Screenshot video www.omaha.com

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.

Photo: Screenshot video www.omaha.com

They were able to pull Peter to safety where he was rushed to the hospital and is in serious condition.

Photo: Screenshot video www.omaha.com

A tiny black kitten was placed into the hands of the Humane Society officer who whisked him to safety. 

Photo: Screenshot video www.omaha.com

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!”

Photo: Facebook Nebraska Humane Society

 

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! 

Contact local Humane Societies, animal rescue organizations, the police and/or fire departments if needed, so that together as a team the safest scenario’s can be carried out. 

 

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