There are plenty of places you can safely surrender unwanted animals, which is why it’s even more heartbreaking when cruel people leave innocent, defenseless animals out on the street in the cold like trash.
Often, the animals can’t survive on their own in severe weather and tragically pass away before anyone can find them, but luckily newborn kittens abandoned in a box during a bitter snowstorm in Cleveland, Ohio were found and rescued just in time.
While walking, a woman heard a faint rustling noise coming from a box left on a street corner and thankfully peeked inside and found four tiny kittens inside. She immediately called the police and soon after rescuers from the Cleveland Animal Protective Services arrived.
“Because it was so frigid and we had no idea what their condition was, we wanted to make sure to get them in as quickly as possible,” said Sharon Harvey, president and CEO of the Cleveland Animal Protective League. “We sent a staff member out who picked them up, and brought them in. Our veterinary team gave them an immediate exam.”
“It was a pretty brutally cold day of snow here,” Harvey said. “The way the temperatures dropped, if they were left out overnight, I seriously doubt they would survive.”
The kittens had huddled together and stayed warm long enough that rescuers couldn’t find any permanent or serious damage from their time in the cold. Rescuers named the six-week-old kittens Smalls, Squints, Repeat, and Benny, and they are now in foster care. Once old enough, they will be put up for adoption and placed into homes that will never abandon them.
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[Featured Image: Cleveland Animal Protective League]