NEW YORK – Five kittens are lucky to have survived hours under the sun, stuffed inside a 5-by-12 duffel bag. They were left without water or food on the doorstep of Ten Lives Club on Saturday morning.
The organization is a cat adoption group which helps find homes for around 1,600 cats a year.
“They were covered in fleas, feces, and urine,” explained Stephanie Stamoolis, a Ten Lives Club employee. “It was a very hot morning; they were dehydrated.”
The kittens were abandoned when the non-profit organization was closed. Stamoolis explained that they could’ve been in the tight space for as long as 12 hours.
“We go through tons of emotions everyday,” stated Stamoolis. “We’re ecstatic when cats get adopted… heartbroken when things like this happen.”
Another employee who arrived early to work at around 7 a.m. is the one who found the cats. According to Ten Lives Club, the kittens, who are approximately 10-weeks-old, ran to bowls of food and water, eating, and drinking as much as possible.
This is the fourth time in two years people have anonymously left cats outside of this property.
“I think a lot of times people get overwhelmed and they don’t know what to do,” stated Stamoolis. “We encourage people to give us a call and talk to us.”
The organization says the approximate cost to take care of the kittens runs $900.
“They’re going to need vaccinations, they’re going to need spaying or neutering,” stated Stamoolis. “They’ve already had flea medications applied.”
They are also desperately trying to raise money for surveillance cameras so that kittens don’t have to suffer at a doorstep any longer.
If you happen to have camera equipment or surveillance equipment that could be donated or sold to the non-profit organization for a lower cost, you may reach them at their website by clicking here.
You can also call them at 646-5577, or contact them through their Facebook page.
If you prefer to mail money, you can do so via this address:
Ten Lives Club
PO Box 253
North Boston, NY 14110