It’s a full and furry house over at TinyKittens headquarters, where volunteers have taken in 14 feral kittens from an evacuated area near Quesnel.
Mountainview Veterinary Hospital Dr. Renee Ferguson spent Wednesday evening examining the 14 felines.
“She brought her ultrasound, and we were thrilled to discover none of the females are pregnant. She also did exams and vaccinated everyone,” said TinyKittens founder Shelly Roche.
“We are so fortunate to have such a caring and generous vet on our team. She makes a huge difference in the level of care we are able to provide.”
They now have 18 feral kittens (a few of them are young cats) from two different evacuated regions of B.C. in their care, plus six feral orphaned kittens from Langley, as well as ‘Grandpa Mason,’ an old feral male cat that has taken on a motherly role toward all the kittens. He has become quite famous on TinyKittens live cam that has hundreds of thousands of followers from around the world.
“They’ve all had a pretty stressful couple of days, but we can already see how sweet these cats are,” said Roche. One feral tomcat, now named Elliot, that arrived from the evacuated area Tuesday, has taken on the unusual role of mothering the kittens, which the babies are taking great comfort in.
An elderly woman had been caring for a colony of feral kittens in the Interior as best she could, said Roche. When she had to evacuate, she called Pet Safe Coalition, and they contacted a volunteer named Dee, who went out and trapped all 14 cats from the colony.
They will provide medical care, spay/neuter, socialize and adopt the cats into loving homes.
Unlike pets and owned animals, there isn’t anywhere for displaced or endangered ferals to go during large-scale disasters, explained Roche.
“We reached out to the disaster relief groups when the fires started and offered to take in special needs, feral or other difficult-to-foster cats and kittens who might not otherwise get a chance,” she said.
“These ferals are incredibly lucky to have gotten out safely, and we are going to make sure they know nothing but comfort, love and happiness from now on.”
TinyKittens volunteers have decided to name the new arrivals in the theme of the B.C. Wildfire crisis from where they came from. One is named Cariboo, another Raven, another Ellie after Elephant Hill and Cache, Riske, Milo (after the Mile Houses fires), etc. Go the their Facebook page to see a full listing and further pictures.
TinyKittens is a volunteer-run organization based in Langley. Its main mandate is to safely trap and neuter feral cats to help control the growing cat population here.
The group also rescues and cares for kittens and injured or sick feral cats. TinyKittens has been given access to a forest in Aldergrove, where a feral colony of cats lives under the careful watch of TinyKittens.
In its time, the organization has saved hundreds of kittens, finding homes for them and helping pregnant feral cats have their kittens in a safe environment under the watch of a veterinarian. They have also turned the theory that feral cats can’t become pets on its head. Numerous once-feral cats have been socialized at TinyKittens and successfully adopted out to their new forever homes, making wonderful, affectionate additions to a family.
Roche personally rescued Cassidy, the Miracle Kitten, from certain death more than a year ago. The Miracle Kitten became an international sensation after TinyKittens fans saw his determination to live life to the fullest despite having amputated hind legs. Roche is still looking into getting him prosthetic legs.
As with all TinyKittens, you can watch the evacuated kittens frolic and be cared for on the TinyKittens live cam. If you would like to contribute to their care, go to tinykittens.com or their Facebook page.