On Thursday, 29 January, the Animal Welfare Society of SA’s team were dispatched to Bonteheuwel to rescue an adventurous kitten stuck up a tree. The owner had tried everything to persuade him to come down, but the more she tried, the higher he climbed.
By the time the rescue team arrived on the scene, Crumbs had managed to clamber down to a thick branch above a nearby contained that allowed them to reach him without too much of a fuss. Crumbs was quickly plucked to safety and admitted to our Animal Care Centre for observation.
Other than a lot of noisy protestation about being kept in an enclosure overnight Crumbs suffered no harm and has been adopted to a wonderful home with an enclosed garden and no trees overhanging a busy road.
“When we informed Crumbs owner that we had managed to find him a home she offered to surrender the rest of the litter and agreed to have his Mum sterilised making this one of our most successful rescues of the year”, says the Animal Welfare Society of SA.
Just as their Animal Care Centre Team was preparing to hand over Crumbs to his new owner, they received another call from a Maitland shop owner who alerted them to the serious plight of a litter of tiny kittens stuck between her shop wall and a rusty shipping container.
She feared for their lives as passers-by had taken to throwing bricks and stones at the kittens.
Upon their arrival, they were met by the worried shop owner who showed them where the kittens were stuck – between the two structures and under several lengths of disused metal roof sheets with razor sharp edges.
This presented a real challenge for the team who had to carefully make their way down the narrow gap littered with dangerous building debris without stumbling or spooking the kittens who they could hear meowing softly every now and again.
As the team carefully shifted the roof sheets to expose the kittens they could see them cowering looking frightened and stressed so they proceeded with extreme caution and persevered for hours until they had all three.
The litter is currently in their Hospital receiving treatment for snuffles (Cat Flu) and will as soon as they are better be put up for adoption.
“These three gave us such a run-around and have consumed so much of our time that we haven’t got around to naming them yet and are hoping that you can help us choose a few delightful names,” further added the Animal Welfare Society of SA.
Spokesman Allan Perrins suggested that the little ginger kitten should be named stitch (after the proverb a stitch in time save nine) – but they would love to hear your suggestions too!
To report animals in distress please call (021) 692 2626 during office hours or 082 601 1761 after hours or e mail [email protected]