This week the NCSPCA staff dealt with a saddening and disturbing situation regarding an abandoned animal. On a recent Sunday morning, a shelter staff member, taking the first load of trash to the dumpster, discovered a badly injured, 7-week-old kitten, in the top of the dumpster. The kitten was mutilated and badly undernourished, nearly unable to move. A shelter veterinarian examined the kitten and determined it had either been attacked by another animal or hit by a car. Someone had then taken this helpless living creature, thrown it in the trash, closed the lid, and left it to die. Unfortunately, by the time the shelter staff discovered the kitten, it was not able to be saved and had to be euthanized. If the kitten had been found sooner, it could have been saved.
The humane thing to do when encountering an injured animal is to call either the Sheriff's Department or the State Police and let them handle it. We at the NCSPCA also stand ready to intervene when practicable and it is likely other area shelters are willing to do the same. Pam Rock, our shelter manager has complete information if you are interested. Shelter Board Member Dave Logan is also willing to help. Pam can be reached at 962-8604; Dave's home phone number is 532-9120.
This week's featured pet is Ava, a sweet young, midnight-hued domestic shorthair-mix. Ava, like the kitten above, was also abandoned, but she was fortunate to have been rescured. She and two other cats were left in carriers outside our shelter in sub zero temperatures. These half-frozen kitties were grateful to come into a warm place with food and much needed love. Ava is very affectionate - she adores attention and will reward you with nuzzles and purrs as soon as you open your cage. Ava is a elegant little lady who would be ideal for any home. And, she is only one of our many furry residents who have been through difficult circumstances prior to experiencing the safety and comfort of the shelter. Our staff can share with you the stories of some of these many animals who are hoping to find "forever" homes.