Two weeks ago the phone rings, it's a longtime friend, neighbor and fellow Realtor. He tells me he's getting ready to leave on a trip and needs my help to deal with three unexpected problems.
He was taking the garbage out to the four family container in the alley where he discovered three very small kittens. Someone had put them in the garbage can.
I brought the kittens home. My husband and I cleaned them and began feeding them kitten formula every four hours using a miniature bottle specifically designed for this purpose. It's amazing what you can find at Pet Smart. As it turned out the kittens were less than 14 days old.
All three were incredibly cute and had totally different personalities. One could only blink one eye at a time, one kitten would blink both eyes every time she meowed and one kitten spent his time sleeping except when he was eating. My husband named them Wynken, Blynken and Nod.
After a couple of days we were able to find a very nice lady, Sheila, who rescues kittens, (who require bottle feeding), and she agreed to take care of Wynken, Blynken and Nod until permanent homes could be found. We spoke with her yesterday and all three kittens are doing well. As Paul Harvey would say, "and now, you know the rest of the story".
So all's well that ends well, right? No, all is not well, what if my friend hadn't decided to take the garbage out that afternoon and simply left town, what if the garbage truck had come and emptied the container before the kittens were discovered. What if...?
I don't understand how this could happen. There are public and private resources, rescue shelters, wonderful individuals like Sheila, options are available, I've listed several in previous posts.
What's wrong with these people? I don't understand how a human being with the smallest amount of conscience could throw helpless animals out as though they were trash. How do people become this callous and uncaring? How do they sleep at night?
I'm angry and I don't know what to do with my anger. I thought writing this post might help.