KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A Kalamazoo charity cares for a 5-week-old kitten after it says she was thrown from a vehicle during heavy traffic.
Kalamazoo Animal Rescue says a Good Samaritan brought her in after the incident.
“This lady comes running in saying this little girl was thrown out of a car on Sprinkle Road,” said shelter coordinator Kelly Fischer. “And then she rushed over and picked it up and brought it inside us.”
Despite what the kitten has been through, the rescue says he is in pretty good shape.
“She didn’t have any real injuries,” Fischer said. “She just has superior breathing and she’s a bit underweight.”
We’re told the rescue is currently at capacity with kittens, but is doing what they can to make room for their new arrival while they do what they can to keep her healthy.
“We’re going to give her lots of love and attention, lots of good food, give her antibiotics for her upper respiratory tract,” said Fischer, who adds that the kitten will be up for adoption in about a month.
Unfortunately, animal culling is something that happens far too frequently.
“Kalamazoo County Animal Control is a really good, nice place to take them if it’s a last resort, and people don’t like to do that,” says Fischer. “So instead they just throw them away.”
Part of the problem stems from an overpopulation of cats. Kalamazoo Animal Rescue says neutering and neutering would go a long way in reducing incidents of animal cruelty,
“We have three different vets that we work with, to neuter and neuter at low cost with, like, Animals Best Friend, and some of the other local shelters like St. Joe’s County and Harbor Humane in Holland, to help get population under control,” says Fischer. “If we could neuter and neuter more animals, we could eliminate a lot of that.”
The rescue says there are three ways people can help.
“We always need more foster families,” says Fischer. “Money is always a big thing. You know, we need cat food, we need kitty litter, dog food, that kind of stuff. Just donations and time.” She says volunteers are also helpful.