Dottie, wife of one of our P.U.P.S. board members, doesn’t need more kittens! At this time, she needs to find homes for 28. That’s a bunch of kittens! Many need medical care before they are healthy enough to be adopted. It’s been said that spring is “kitten season” but Dottie knows that every season is “kitten season”. She does the best she knows how to save as many as possible that she and her husband Dave find that come across their paths.
So many people hear about Dottie and her works with the kittens that they want to bring more cats or kittens for her to care for. What’s needed is more people to be a “Dottie” when stray cats or kittens come into their lives for whatever reason. They need to think about what they can do individually to help in an emergency cat or kitten situation.
Dottie and her network of caregivers will find homes for all the kittens when each one is age appropriate. It’s amazing how everyone works together to do what’s best for each kitten. How thankful we all are at P.U.P.S. that we have such a great network of people and other like-organizations!
I read Dottie stories and it’s heartbreaking to learn how some of the kittens are found, from trash cans to bushes to underneath porches.
Dottie writes the best posts for facebook to tell about the kitten ordeals. However, she doesn’t have much time to write stories, only short ones of how she acquires each little ball of fur. Here is just one of her facebook entries that she wrote about a kitten found in a trash can along with its siblings:
“Three little newborns born in a trash can and left. Mama was too dehydrated and lethargic to feed. Brought babies home and strobe feeding and meds for mama and lady is taking care of her. Their little eyes were not open yet but infection was seeping out. They were vetted and hoping to save 5 of the six eyes. One had ruptured. Two of them have doubled their weight in 5 days and one is struggling but gaining and needed some fluids.”
It’s graphic with the little one with the eye popping out. A few days after taking these babies in, Dottie posted about this little one in the middle and what happened with his eye…
From Dottie’s facebook:
“Nearly had a heart attack last night! Friday evening 7:00!!! I was feeding the little critical kitten and then went to sink to stimulate him when his eyeball shot out across the counter! Blood was gushing out the socket and I had a large cotton ball wet to stimulate him and covered the opening to stop the blood. Yelled for Dave but he was out in the field mowing. Called Vet and Dr. King was on call and left an emergency message. Called HHES, Tanya, on what to do. She agree on… the compress and was going to get s hold of Dr. Fent. Then Dr. King called me and said cold compress and keep him still and call him back if it doesn’t stop soon, he was on his way home. It stopped but poor baby would let out the most pitiful cry every once and awhile. Dr. Fent called me also and pretty much said the same thing . I dropper fed him and held him most of the night because I was afraid he might start bleeding and I wouldn’t know. Took him to the vets first thing this morning. He is entirely too young and tiny to do anything yet. He only weighs 6 oz. so was advised to keep the socket covered with antibiotic ointment, given a very small dose of pain meds and Clavamox twice a day (2 drops) and watch for any infection. So he is not with his siblings right now and kept separate. He is on a heating pad, fleece and baby blankets rolled up all around the edges in a carrier. He will be staying next to me by the couch where I will be sleeping again!! Prayers please for this little guy, he has not had a good beginning to his little 15 day old life!”
I wanted to place these facebook entries on our website as many people are not on facebook and cannot see the hardships Dottie (and others like her) face on an on-going basis. P.U.P.S. and others help Dottie as much as possible, but it’s not an easy task providing for such a large group of kittens along with some adult cats as well.
Our group provides neuter/spay certificates, but we don’t have much funding available for medical needs. Please donate to our group if you find it in your heart to do so. God bless and please come back to our pages often to see how we are doing with our animal care outreach.
Note: There may be a workshop organized soon for people who want to know how to care for kittens, what to do, if anything, and when to know to do anything when a litter of tiny kittens is found. The workshop will also touch on care needs every caregiver should know and many more care techniques that can help before calling for the help of a veterinarian.