CANADA – Two garbagemen are now being celebrated for rescuing a frozen, urine-soaked kitten from a rural snowbank.
Leland Nason and a co-worker of his were collecting trash in Minto, N.B., one cold day when they passed what they thought was a dead cat, explainedvSue Knight, who is of CARMA Cat Rescue in Fredericton.
“They thought it was dead, it’s so cold out there,” Knight added.
“On the way back, Leland saw the head move. So he got his companion to stop, they backed the truck up, and got out and sure enough, the kitten was alive.”
The kitten was just lying in its own frozen urine and was stuck to the snowbank, she went on to say. It simply could not have made its own way there, she said.
“Leland managed to dig it out, put it in his jacket,” she stated. “The kitten really responded to him, wanted the loving.”
Nason wasn’t able to return a phone call Thursday. However, Knight stated that the men went to a store for food, where they heard about CARMA, and a local volunteer rushed the kitten over to Fredericton an hour away.
It arrived there completely flea-ridden, its ears filled with ear mites and with the pads of its tiny paws possibly frostbitten.
The cat is now on painkillers and appears to be making a smooth recovery, stated Knight. It has been named Ajax.
“He’s a gorgeous little kitten, just adores being loved and hugged and purrs,” Knight noted.
“Those paws are so tender, he has difficulty standing on them. Other than that, he’s just a love bug. Just a love bug.”
The rescue agency said 11 people or more have expressed interest in adopting Ajax.
Way to go, guys!