EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSAbandoned Kittens In Kanawha City Need Good Homes
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Reported by: Stefano DiPietrantonio
Reported: Jun. 18, 2014 11:44 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 19, 2014 4:09 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Area animal shelters are bursting at the seams right now, with dozens of abandoned animals being picked up daily. But some never make it to the shelters. Five kittens were dropped at the doorstep of the Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital in Kanawha City Tuesday and it’s happening at a lot of other area animal hospitals as well.
It’s happening, as the local shelters strive to be no-kill refuges for these animals, they're just not able to take-in any more. And the hospitals are not equipped with the space or staff to care for them.
"They're pretty full, it's Summer, it's the height of dogs and cats being born," said Dr. Sarah Stephenson, with the Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital.
It's the baby boom, which is causing headaches for area pet hospitals.
"There are just a whole lotta animals out there who need homes!," said Dr. Stephenson, who showed-us the five furry friends, three girls and two boys, who got a second chance at life. They are in need forever homes now.
"We also have three other kittens, and two of them are older kittens, at our hospital right now that need to be adopted," said Dr. Stephenson.
Area shelters can barely handle the incoming now, with dozens of dogs and plenty of cats. Not only are hospitals not staffed to handle the extra pets, it's expensive too.
One of the five kittens came in with a broken leg. The x-rays show a horrible injury, which was weeks old.
"We attempted to pin it, but the fracture was very, very old, probably 2-3 weeks old," said Dr. Stephenson.
They made every attempt to save it's leg, but had no choice but to amputate it. They absorbed the cost, which was about $1,400.00 for the procedure.
"So, if anybody's looking for a cat that's been tested for AIDS/Leukemia, is vaccinated and de-wormed, and healthy and ready to go, we have 8 at our hospital,” said Dr. Stephenson. “And we would love for someone to come down and meet these kittens, decide who fits their family and take them home."
All eight kittens at Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital are up for adoption right now. There is no cost to adopt them, just give the hospital a call. The doctors will interview anyone who's interested. They're calling the amputated cat, “Lieutenant Dan”, in-honor of Gary Senise's character in the movie, “ Forrest Gump”. We suspect he will be the first to get adopted!
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