Nine kittens were discovered at a Vancouver construction site in boxes that were taped shut, according to the BC SPCA.
Someone working at the site opened the box and saw them huddling for warmth in the freezing Vancouver weather and "immediately brought them to the BC SPCA," said Jodi Dunlop, manager of the BC SPCA’s Vancouver animal centre.
“The temperatures were bitterly cold when these kittens were left at a construction site with nothing but a cardboard box for protection."
The kittens range in age from 12 weeks to four months old, abandoned in two boxes taped shut.
“People need to know that it is illegal to abandon an animal,” says Eileen Drever, BC SPCA’s senior officer of protection and stakeholder relations. “Thankfully there was someone at the construction site to find these kittens and bring them to us.”
While the kittens were taken to a veterinarian immediately, one of them couldn't be saved due to a former, untreated injury.
“One of the other kittens we named Prancer was also suffering from an injury to her right front leg that is weeks’ old and, unfortunately, the leg will have to be amputated. Three other kittens required medical attention as well," added Dunlop.
Despite suffering for weeks from her injuries, Prancer is "the sweetest kitten" and "always so happy to have visitors.”
The kittens will remain at the BC SPCA’s Vancouver animal centre until they are fully recovered. They will be available for adoption within the next two weeks.
All donations today and tomorrow will be matched up to $159,000 by the Don and Lorraine Moore Foundation, Darren Kopetsky & Puss Puss, Don & Joyce Hilton, and in honour of beloved pets Miranda and Miko.
The donations go toward helping rescued animals across B.C.
Visit the BC SPCA online for more information.