Abandoned litters of kittens and puppies are such a common thing in Greece, that every time we are less like “aw, poor little babies” and more like “oh not again, another sterilizations that never happened”
Yesterday, on November 8, 2017, Katie and Mariana, the Golden girls of SCARS found right outside their front gate a box with what they thought was a mother cat and her kittens. Usually, the babies we rescue from cardboard boxes, plastic bags in the trash etc are litters coming from the same birth.
Someone’s cat/dog was never spayed, it gave birth, and that someone got rid of the unwanted litter the old fashioned way. There are so many “someones” like that here, that we are literally surrounded (that’s an entirely different post though).
Yesterday’s abandoned kittens had a different story to tell. All seven of them are of different age, different color, different everything, ranging from only two months old to adults. And all of them have one thing in common: the exact same symptoms. They suffer from diarrhea, dehydration, dermatological problems and eye problems. It’s like they are siblings in disease.
There is only one way that someone could gather all those cats and kittens at once and “save them”, making them someone else’s problem, and if you know about stray cats in Greece it’s pretty obvious: it’s the same freakin’ feral colony. A colony of non spayed cats, that keep giving birth and transferring diseases to the new generations.
Spaying would be the only humane solution for them, and for all the new kittens to come from there, but I guess their “savior” is too busy spending money elsewhere. Whatever.
The “family” was taken in by SCARS, they were cleaned, sprayed for fleas, started treatment for their eye and respiratory infections and for the first time in their lives came face to face with bowls full of food and clean water. Some of them are very sick, including the youngest one, that died today, one day after the rescue.
The oldest orange one is also very skinny and sick, and is also on IV. As for the rest, we really hope that they make a full comeback. Apart from their horrible condition, they also share one other thing: they are all sad cats, very sad. They just sit around and stare at the horizon. They don’t play, they don’t enjoy life, and they are not a pleasant thing to look at.
Of you wish to help SCARS, the charity that took them in, you can donate via PayPal or bank account. All of them will be looking or their forever homes once they recover – returning them back on the streets is out of the question. You can follow their progress on the charity’s Facebook page.