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July 2015 - Animal League America Rushes to Save Six Tiny Kittens from Certain Death

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North Shore Animal League America recently received an urgent e-mail about a litter of kittens in desperate need of a second chance.  The emergency notice stated that six tiny kittens, were dropped at Manhattan Animal Care & Control without their mother and in need of medical attention. In the midst of “kitten season,” one of the most stressful times of the year for any shelter or rescue organization, it’s not uncommon to receive an urgent rescue alert like this. Kittens are in abundance, therefore shelters become overrun while they try to care for as many as they can.

Because of the overcrowding that kitten season brings, the MAC&C would have had no other choice but to euthanize the kittens if they were not placed by 6pm that night. To avoid this tragedy, they sent out an alert to local shelters in the hopes the kittens could be saved. Without hesitation, Animal League America’s Rescue Team rushed to make this collaborative rescue effort a reality. Within hours, the six adorable balls of fur were back safe and sound at our state-of-the-art Lewyt Medical Center. New to the world and all alone, these 3-week-old kittens were not only orphaned, but it was determined they were also suffering from severe cases of conjunctivitis, as well as a variety of other ailments.

“The kittens were dehydrated and had an upper respiratory infection when they arrived. They were all also malnourished,” said Animal League Veterinarian, Dr. Atlee Douglas, who had the responsibility of examining the kittens when they first arrived. “After examination, it was determined they needed eye medication, antibiotics and nutritional support to fully recover.”

Without the welcoming arms of the Manhattan AC&C and Animal League America, these six precious kittens would have never seen the day when they’d meet their perfect match and find a loving home. Collaborative rescue missions of this magnitude has become the norm here in Port Washington, NY. Since 1944 we’ve been joining forces with other local shelters and rescue groups to save the lives of as many homeless animals as possible – Just another day at the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization.

In more upbeat, exciting news, these lucky felines will be pampered to the fullest extent when they are ready to enter the next phase of the recovery process. After hearing about their heartbreaking story, long time Animal League America Volunteer and Foster Parent, Beth Stern, has decided to take over Foster Mom responsibilities for the six precious kittens! She and hubby, Howard, will be providing all the TLC they can handle until they are healthy enough to find loving homes.

Be sure to stay tuned to our website and social media outlets for more updates on these six resilient kittens as they journey through the recovery process and transform into loveable, highly adoptable shelter pets!

You can help us save even more animals’ lives when you donate to the Rescue Fund.