Three kittens were saved thanks to a collaborative effort in the Shuswap.
The Shuswap Paws Rescue Society, a small, volunteer-run rescue group, is the guardian of a litter of five kittens born to a young wild mother rescued on September 7 and 8.
The kittens were born while the mother was in foster care. Unfortunately, the young mother could not take care of her offspring and immediately abandoned them.
Kittens are given colostrum from their mother’s milk after birth, which protects them from disease. Since the kittens did not receive milk from their mother, two of them succumbed to the disease within the first week of their life.
The other three kittens – Damaris, Eos and Theron – are now almost seven weeks old, said Lynda Tyler, board member of the Shuswap Paws Rescue Society. They have been cared for since their birth by members of society. A few days ago, they were taken to the Shuswap Veterinary Clinic for a special immunity-boosting procedure.
“Dr. Roanne Conover and the team at (the) clinic performed an incredible procedure,” Tyler said. “They took blood from a healthy cat, spun it out to extract the plasma, which has then was injected to the three kittens. “
The kittens received three injections over a 24 hour period. Tyler said the procedure Dr Conover performed will provide kittens with the immunity they need to survive and thrive.
Tyler wanted to thank the Shuswap Veterinary Clinic and the continued support of the people who donate and volunteer for Shuswap Paws. She also wanted to remind the community of the importance of spaying and neutering their cats.
Those wishing to donate or find out more about the Shuswap Paws Rescue Society can email [email protected] or visit their Facebook page. The company accepts recyclable beverage containers as a form of donation, and a volunteer can collect them from the donor.
Tyler said it has been a difficult year for the company, with many animals requiring medical procedures. The company’s outstanding balance at the vet clinic is $ 8,000, and Tyler said any donation, big or small, helps.
Damaris, Eos, and Theron will all be available for adoption, but not for about six weeks.
Their mother, who was first found in a barn in Armstrong, is now sterilized. She has caregivers to take care of her and lives on a property with a barn.
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