Neonatal kittens rescued in October find homes for the holidays

Neonatal kittens rescued after mother was injured and unable to provide care

Rescued as a trio of newborn kittens October by the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) have made a remarkable transformation by finding their forever home just in time for the holidays.

In October, the kittens were discovered in Fall River by a concerned resident who noticed the cat was unable to care for the kittens due to severe injuries.

At the time, just 4 weeks old, the kittens were in an incredibly vulnerable situation, one that could have been life-threatening without intervention.

the ARLs Field Services works regularly in the Fall River area, an area with countless community cats, and responded immediately when he received a call about these three kittens.

The kittens and the mother were trapped and transported to ARL Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Centerwhere they immediately received veterinary care.

The kittens were dirty and suffering from upper respiratory infections.

The trio were given medication for infections and placed in a foster home so they could be constantly monitored.

The mother cat, now named Kiki, suffered from multiple puncture wounds and was also underweight.

The kittens bounced back pretty quickly, and once they reached the right age, they were spayed and neutered and recently found their forever homes.

For Kiki, because she had injuries of unknown origin, she continues a state-mandated 4-month quarantine with ARL, but she will be available for adoption in early 2024.

About ARL’s Community Cat Program

ARL is the only large animal welfare organization in Massachusetts with staff dedicated to helping community cats, which can be found in any Massachusetts city or town, and there are an estimated 700,000 community cats living throughout the Commonwealth, 70,000 in Boston alone.

Community cats face many challenges when living outdoors. Without adequate shelter and care, they are at risk of illness and injury.

Additionally, without spay or neuter surgery, these cats can produce numerous litters and continue the cycle of large colonies of unowned cats.

ARL Field Services Officers will respond to the call from residents who report a cat colony, investigating the colony to determine the number of cats and kittens residing in that area, the general health status of the cats and whether a local resident is feeding or not. regularly and can continue.

After the initial assessment, a TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) plan is formulated for that particular colony.

TNR is one of the most humane and effective ways to stop the cycle of homelessness in cats.

Spay/neuter surgeries are low risk and are proven to improve the safety and health of these cats as well as the community as a whole.

The plan also includes vaccinations and whether each cat will be returned to the colony, returned to its owner if microchipped, or admitted to an ARL shelter to be put up for adoption if it is friendly.

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