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Abandoned kittens find new mama

Posted March 30, 2009

— A stray cat has come to the rescue of four abandoned kittens.

Someone tossed three kittens in a plastic bag into a gas station trash bin near Dunn, and a Benson man found them last Thursday when he heard them crying as he pumped gas. The man took them to a nearby veterinary clinic.

Abandoned kittens at Dunn vet clinic Stray cat becomes surrogate mother

"They were really cold, so immediately I went and put them on heat," said Donna Taylor, a veterinary technician at Vets for Pets.

Alley Cat, a stray who has been living at the clinic for about six months, then came to the rescue. The cat recently gave birth to her own litter, so Taylor tried to see if she might nurse a few more.

"She took to them immediately. She started cleaning them and taking care of them," she said.

One of the kittens died, but veterinarian Dr. Guy Beretich said the other two are doing well.

"I think it's the difference in night and day," Beretich said.

Alley Cat then took on the role of surrogate mother again when a local farmer found two more kittens in a combine and brought them to the clinic.

"She's treating them just like she would her own kittens," Taylor said.

She and Beretich said the four kittens should be fine, thanks to Alley Cat. All five will soon be available for adoption, they said.


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  • Andiecat Mar 31, 2009

    I hope there is a place in Hades for whomever discarded these kittens.

  • Tommylee Mar 31, 2009

    Maybe the person that tossed the kittens into the trash was captured on the stores video system. If so find them and atleast make it so the public knows what a lowdown person they are.

  • NC is my home Mar 31, 2009

    This story is unairworthy. How is it in the public's best interest, convenience & necessity? WRAL should get away from "Pet Pictures" and other fluff stories & report the news. And yes, there are positive stories out there.

  • kal Mar 31, 2009

    Finally-a good uplifting story amongst all the bad news I've read/heard today. Please keep a follow up.

  • kimmyrn6 Mar 31, 2009

    Yay for the kittens, shame on whoever put God's creatures in the trash. He will receive his judgment.

  • drjones74 Mar 30, 2009

    I can't tell you how much I needed this story. I just lost a cat...

  • lclee714 Mar 30, 2009

    Wow - something that everyone can feel good about (well, except for the fact that someone would toss defenseless kittens into the trash). More, please...

  • newyork Mar 30, 2009

    Wow, what a great story!

  • mrs. me Mar 30, 2009

    How could anyone hurt such defenseless creatures? I cried because of their previous treatment but say BRAVO and THANK YOU to their rescuers! I have 3 indoor cats and many cats who come in my yard and I love them all. If I could have them all in the house with me I would but I have to try hard & be realistic about it. I just don't understand someone with such an evil heart. They should be ashamed.

  • AMHall82 Mar 30, 2009

    The Dr. and his staff @ Vets for Pets are WONDERFUL, caring people. The Dr. is almost always there late at night and they are MUCH cheaper than the emergency vets, so if you're in the area and something terrible happens to your babies, call them to see if he's there before you spend gobs @ the pet ER.