TACOMA, Wash. — Workers at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County said two litters of kittens ranging from 4 to 9 weeks old were found dumped outside the shelter Thursday.
Two kittens covered in feces and fleas were found in a cardboard box at one of the shelter’s entrances.
Three other kittens and two adolescent cats were abandoned. They were found roaming around a makeshift tent at an entrance on the opposite side of the building.
Shelter staff gathered the kittens but had to set traps to catch the older cats.
Five kittens suffering from dehydration, parasites and low body weight are now being cared for at the shelter.
“Abandoning an animal anywhere is unsafe,” Nathan Van Ness, pet support coordinator at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County, said. “We want pet owners to know that they have options.”
The shelter has a community clinic that provides affordable spay and neuter surgeries, a pet food pantry that provides needed food, and free pet support counseling to help families keep their pets.
“We recognize that circumstances such as financial hardship, moving, or pet behavior issues can cause owners to feel like they have no choice,” Van Ness said. “Our pet support team is here to provide resources and get you the help you need to keep your pet or rehome them safely.”
Pet owners in Pierce County and Federal Way can contact the shelter for help with keeping their pets or privately rehoming them at 253-284-5836.
More information and resources can be found on the shelter’s website.
Anyone who is interested in helping to care for the sick kittens is asked to visit the shelter’s donation page.
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