A fluffy rescue mission for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Five newborn kittens stuck behind a shed had a lucky escape when Battersea Dogs & Cats Home came to the rescue – armed with a litter picker.
The world-famous animal charity received a phone call on 22 April from a member of the public in East London whose dog had alerted him to a stray litter of kittens in his garden. A stray cat who had been wandering into his garden for weeks had given birth in between his shed and his conservatory but had since disappeared, leaving him worried for the kittens’ safety.
On this unique occasion, two members of the Battersea Cattery team decided to make their way to East London to assess the situation themselves.
On arrival, they found five tiny felines stuck in between the six-inch gap in the garden. The little fluffballs were too far down to be reached by hand and too young to fend for themselves, so the team had to think fast to help rescue them.
As luck would have it, and with a bit of improvisation, they spotted a litter picker in the shed, which the team then used to gently direct the kittens closer until they were near enough to pick up. After lots of careful manoeuvring, they managed to safely rescue all five kittens.
On first inspection, the kittens all appeared to be well and healthy, if a little dazed and confused.
The kittens were then taken back to Battersea where they were carefully checked by vets and hand-reared by staff. The five kittens have all blossomed and eventually named after flowers to fit in with their place of birth: Daisy, Crocus, Scilla, Poppy and Bluebell.
Battersea left the member of the public with a cat trap just in case the mother cat is spotted again, but she has yet to make an appearance.
Jo Puzzo, Team Leader at Battersea, who was part of the rescue mission, said: “This is just another part of the job at Battersea. We don’t usually go out to fetch furry friends, but we’re always here to try and help.
“On this occasion, we felt it necessary to check on the health and safety of these kittens as they were so young. Fortunately all five are healthy and super cute! All these kittens have got cosy homes lined up already to snuggle up in with no more drama.”
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Notes to editors
- Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. We are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society.
- Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
- In 2016 the Home cared for over 7000 dogs and cats.
- Battersea cares for an average of 270 dogs and 200 cats across its three centres at any one time.
- There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at the charity but the average stay for a dog is 35 days and 22 days for a cat.
- In 2016 26% of dogs and 32% of cats arrived as strays.
- In addition to the site in South West London, the Home also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
- Battersea Dogs & Cats Home receives no central government funding towards the care of its dogs and cats and relies on the generosity and support of the public to help care for lost and abandoned dogs & cats. To make a donation visit our website or call 0207 627 7883.
- For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit www.battersea.org.uk.
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