Injured cat foster-nursing six kittens found abandoned at the dump
Thomaston — Six domestic shorthair kittens abandoned at the Rockland Transfer Station and found June 18 by a transfer station volunteer worker are doing well as they prepare to be adopted.
The kittens were taken by a Rockland woman, Sharon Spaulding, to the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, said Theresa Gargan, a shelter worker. The transfer station volunteer who found them, Steven Gregoire, appreciated Spaulding's help because he could not leave the transfer station at the time. He has also volunteered to adopt one of the kittens.
The kittens are being nursed at another site by a foster mother cat named Mittens, shelter Director Tracy Sala said. Mittens was recently brought to the animal shelter with metal fragments in her body. She was shot and may have to have a leg amputated.
"The kittens are about two weeks old and still nursing," Sala said. "We just so happened to have a lactating foster cat named Mittens, whose own kittens are old enough to be weaned."
No police report was filed concerning the animal abandonment, Rockland Deputy Chief Wally Tower said June 20. However, Sala said a trap may be placed at the Transfer Station in hopes of capturing the mother cat, so she can be reunited with her kittens.
Now is one of the best times of year to adopt kittens and cats because they are plentiful, Sala said. The cost of kitten adoption is $90 and includes spaying or neutering, all vaccinations including a rabies shot, flea treatment, deworming, and a first visit to a participating program veterinarian. The cost of adopting an adult cat is $50 and includes the same covered items.
Through June 28, the Humane Society is offering an "Oldies but Goodies" promotion, which involves adopting cats ages 7 or older with all fees waived.
The cost of adopting dogs ranges from $75 for an older dog, to $150 for an adult dog and $250 for a puppy. All spay/neutering and vaccinations are included.
One of the current puppy litters at the shelter are four Jack Russell terrier-Chihuahua mixes, affectionately referred to as "Jack Chi" puppies. Karin Beaster of Rockland adopted one of them June 20, offering that the female puppy is for her daughter, 11-year-old Olivia.
"We may call her Molly," Beaster said.
The Humane Society is located at 17 Buttermilk Lane in Thomaston, near Wal-Mart. Animals available for adoption include rabbits. Those interested in adoption may call 594-2200, or may send an email to: email@example.com. The shelter site also welcomes "likes" on Facebook.
Courier Publications reporter Larry Di Giovanni can be reached at 594-4401 x. 117, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Larry Di Giovanni, a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, is returning to his daily reporting roots in order to cover the city of Rockland for The Courier-Gazette. Originally from Athens, Ohio, his family includes one son, Tony.
Di Giovanni has covered news beats ranging from the city of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., to the largest tribal government in the United States — the Navajo Nation. He has also worked as a writer in the public education and higher education fields. He's an animal enthusiast and loves dogs.
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