Six tiny bundles of fur turned their faces up, trying to find the source of the sounds made by our volunteers, Merrie and Marybeth, who were searching for them.
Bobbi and the Strays volunteers were told of a litter of kittens that lived in the filthy trash-filled front well of an old Ford truck.
The kittens knew the volunteers were there, and tried to run away, just like their mother cat had trained them. But all their eyes were sealed shut with infections, so they blindly stumbled over each other in the trash.
The six kittens were the result of 31 cats who were evicted from their home when their care-taker was permanently hospitalized.
The cats had all lived inside the small attached brick building in Brooklyn.
With no veterinary care, they reproduced exponentially.
None of the cats had the ability to fend for themselves on the street.
So when they were evicted, they wandered around the trash-filled back yard, crying for food, trying in vain to get back into their former home through the window that had always been open to them before, but was now permanently shut.
Volunteers watched a frightened mother cat run full tilt into the closed window, only to smash against it and lie stunned on the pavement, not understanding why she could not go inside to her safe home, where there had always been food, water and kindness before.
Another teenage tuxedo kitten was so debilitated that he did not bother to raise his head or move when volunteers approached him.
They believed at first that he was dead. When picked up, his eyes did not focus, and he hung limply from their hands. He was filthy, crawling with fleas that visibly moved across his fur, and his right eye socket was nothing but a sunken mass of infection.
He was quickly tucked into a carrier, along with the six kittens retrieved from the truck.
Volunteers promised to return the following day, when the new tenants of the home (the previous owner’s relatives!) said they would get the kitten’s mother, identified as “Palm,” and another pregnant cat, also missing an eye, into carriers to go to rescue.
The following day, volunteers were advised that the kitten’s mother, “Palm” was dead, lying in the middle of Shepherd Avenue.
The other pregnant cat with a missing eye was never captured and is still wandering the street.
We desperately need help to remedy this situation. There is no food, shelter or water source for these animals, and they are not street cats. At least 5 of the cats are missing eyes, an incredibly high percentage of injury even for street cats.
We cannot let these animals die on the street, nor can we let them reproduce.
They are victims.
So far we have taken in 3 adults and 10 kittens, including 7 bottle babies. We’ve provided them with medical care, food, and lots of love!
Please consider making a donation to Bobbi and the Strays so we can continue to help these poor kitties. Better yet, think about opening up your heart and home to one of these sweet babies!