Helping Pets

Cat1KHS Staffer Rescues Kitten

Last September, a Kentucky Humane Society employee was driving home when she learned a tiny kitten had been struck by a car. Sadly, no one had stopped to help. Not willing to let the kitten die alone by the side of the road, Kelly decided she had to try to find that kitten. She pulled over and talked with a guard near the Amazon fulfillment center. He told Kelly where the accident had happened, and she began her search.

After diligently searching in the long grass, Kelly finally located the kitten. What she found left her speechless: the poor, three-month-old Torbie mix was covered in blood. One of her front legs was mangled and hung limp. Her other front leg appeared damaged as well, but the kitten was able to use it to hobble. She had multiple spots where her fur had been scraped or rubbed off from the car’s impact, and her eye was swollen. Her gums were extremely pale, but luckily, she had not gone into shock.

Kelly – an Admissions Technician accustomed to handling sick and injured animals – decided to take the tiny kitten home. The next day, Kelly brought “Flicka” to KHS where she was able to receive the medical care and attention she needed and deserved.

Flicka spent the next month in foster care with Kelly, where she healed and began to enjoy life again. Despite the damage done to her limbs from the car’s impact, Flicka learned to walk, climb, pounce and do many other things normal kittens do.

After Flicka received a clean bill of health from the KHS veterinarian, Kelly decided she couldn’t part with the kitten. Kelly adopted Flicka and welcomed her into her forever home, where she will always be loved and cared for.

500th Working Cat Adopted

cat2In November, the Kentucky Humane Society adopted out its 500th working cat. The Working Cat Program, which began in 2011, finds outdoor homes in barns, stables, even factories and breweries for cats who for some reason are unable to be adopted to an indoor-only home.
Some cats, like Salt, are loving companions but just never got the hang of using a litter box or prefer to be indoor/outdoor cats. Others may be feral or semi-feral and find that too much time with people is stressful. Whatever their reason, these cats thrive in their new homes. Our Working Cats work for a living, helping with rodent populations. In return, owners provide food, water, shelter and veterinary care to the cats.

To learn more about this lifesaving program, visit kyhumane.org/working-cats.