The cat had lived in the New Jersey warehouse for a while, but it was time to move on. Since giving birth, Mommy needed a safer place for her new litter to grow. But as she vanished over the horizon with her kittens, she couldn’t help thinking she’d forgotten something…
For centuries, New Jersey has suffered as the butt of many jokes – some more vicious than others. But the “Jersey joke” is actually an unfair jibe, considering the facts surrounding it. The state’s affluent, and it’s a successful provider of telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and even agriculture.
The phenomenon’s a bit of a mystery. One theory is that visitors passing through the state on the New Jersey Turnpike only see its industrial areas. Whatever the cause, NJ’s bad reputation is undeserved. However, like everywhere else in the world, it still has its problems.
As with most densely populated areas, one of the issues relates to animal cruelty. The authorities are aware that this is a problem, and in recent years, they’ve introduced new laws to combat it. But in some cases, good Samaritans are also doing their part.
One example took place in North Bergen, specifically in a warehouse frequented by local laborers. Its kind-hearted workers took time out of their busy days to look after a local stray cat living nearby. No doubt they fed her much better than other cats in a similar position of homelessness.
The warehouse employees offered her relative safety and a good meal, but one day, the cat’s situation changed. To be more specific, she fell pregnant. When she gave birth, Mommy opted to move her family, likely wanting an environment more suitable for her kittens.
One day, the laborers arrived at work to find the stray cat gone and her babies with her. Apparently, though, she either forgot some of them or intentionally left them behind. In the loading dock, the workers discovered two dirty little kittens yowling for their mommy.
The kittens would surely die if left to their own devices. The workers couldn’t raise them either – the warehouse was no place for baby cats. With this in mind, they sent out a plea for help via social media.
It wasn’t long before a local NJ resident called Athina saw the post, and the news broke her heart. However, she was in a position to help. That’s because Athina is actually an animal foster and rescuer, so she reached out to the laborers.
Athina explained the kittens’ situation to Love Meow on August 21, 2018. “Mom cat was moving her babies but never came back for these two,” she revealed. “I got in contact with the person who worked on the dock and went to pick them up.”
When the animal rescuer arrived at the warehouse, the sight of the kittens troubled her. They clearly suffered from the lack of a mommy to care for them. Athina described how they were victims of some common problems that occur in street animals.
“They were covered in dirt and fleas,” Athina explained. Parasites don’t sound like a major issue, but when they gather in large numbers, they can cause serious problems. They’re even more of a concern to puppies and kittens, which aren’t as strong as adults.
The concentration of fleas on the kittens was so high that Athina feared that she was already be too late. She said, “We were really scared that they had anemia from all the fleas and them being so tiny.” Consequently, the animal rescuer got to work right away.
Athina uploaded a rescue video showing how she cleaned one of the kittens in a sink. In addition, the footage reveals how dirty it was – it looks like a brand new cat by the end. The water also helped remove some of the fleas.
The job, however, proved to be trickier than just a single wash. Athina finished the process with several sessions and some manual removal. “It took me over an hour to get all the fleas off,” she recalled. “The fleas in the cup are just the ones I got from picking on them.”
The problem was further hampered because of the kittens’ ages. “They will need more baths since they are too young to have flea meds,” Athina elaborated. After their baths, the babies were given a nice warm bed to enjoy naptime.
Both babies are having the time of their lives as fosters while they recover from their ordeal. In addition to a new temporary home, they also have names; Athina called them Oso and Menos. The little tykes were lucky that the workers found them before it was too late!
Now they’re safe and sound, they can enjoy just being kittens instead of fighting for survival. They will spend the rest of their foster time playing and getting into trouble until they find their forever home. It’s a vastly different life to the one they were originally headed for.
Love Meow reported that both Oso and Menos are adjusting to domesticated life excellently. Thanks to the kindness of strangers, the pair can experience the world in the care of a loving family. But the story isn’t quite over for the loading-dock cats.
Animal rescuers continue to look out for the kittens’ mommy and the rest of her babies. With their combined efforts, hopefully both Athina and the warehouse workers will save them. It would be the perfect ending to see all the feline family find their forever homes.