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Itty Bitty Kitty Committee Saving Cats And Kittens In Kanawha County

Reported: May. 9, 2014 12:18 PM EDT
Updated: May. 9, 2014 12:41 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- A cat rescue group in Charleston is helping to save hundreds of cats and kittens in the Kanawha Valley.

Eyewitness News first told you about the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee on Tuesday. The rescue group was contacted by the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association after someone brought the organization kittens found in a garbage bag. The rescue group quickly went to action because these kittens were so sick that the shelter couldn't help. They were able to get the kittens to an animal hospital and medical attention. Sadly, one of those kittens died on Thursday but without this group, none of them would have stood a chance at survival.

Dorella Tuckwiller has a passion for cats but noticed a problem with them in Charleston.

"There were just so many cats and no one was taking them in," she said. "Nobody was helping them."

In 2010, she and a friend started the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee with a Facebook page. The group rescues cats and kittens from shelters and homes to find them forever homes and in four years it has helped hundreds of cats.

"We don't only just rescue, we share," said Isabel Hundley, a member of the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee. "People who cannot keep their cats anymore, we try to rehome, give them options, spay and neutering, the ones that can't afford shots. We find options for them, help them, fundraise and take emergencies like the kittens yesterday."

On Monday, the group received a desperate call from the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association about kittens left in a garbage bag to die.

"We did not have the funds," Tuckwiller said. "But when I got sent those pictures and when Chelsea (Kanawha Charleston Humane Association Executive Director) said, 'Can you help?" I mean my first reaction was yes. And I said, 'Yes, we will help. We will get the money somehow.' "

With help from the community, these babies now have a fighting chance. That is exactly what this group does.

"Animals, they don't have a voice," Tuckwiller said. "They can't help themselves. Everyone says, 'Oh, someone should do something. I wish someone would do something.' Well, it takes one person. You've got to be the person to stop saying that and actually do it."

This group is a safety net for animals that can't be helped at the animal shelter and would otherwise die.

It's a rewarding passion that Tuckwiller and Hundley share, all for the love of cats and kittens and saving lives.



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