All doing well, preparing to be adopted

Injured cat foster-nursing six kittens found abandoned at the dump

By Larry Di Giovanni | Jun 20, 2014
Courtesy of: Pope Memorial Knox County Humane Society A litter of six kittens abandoned at the city Transfer Station and discovered June 18 near an electrical panel by the hopper are doing well. They are being nursed by an injured foster mother cat named Mittens. All will soon be available for adoption.

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: 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:

The six kittens abandoned June 18 and nursed by a foster cat named Mittens are doing better now that they have milk again, shelter Director Tracy Sala said. (Courtesy of: Pope Memorial Knox County Humane Society)
An older cat named "Toy Boy" is held June 20 by Tracy Sala, director of the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County. The shelter is running an "Oldies but Goodies" promotion through June 28. The promotion waives all adoption fees for cats ages 7 and older, while providing spaying and neutering and vaccinations. (Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni)
Shelter Director Tracy Sala holds another older cat that, if adopted by June 28, has all fees waived for its new owner. (Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni)
Karin Beaster of Rockland holds a Jack Russell terrier-Chihuahua mix puppy she adopted June 20 at the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County. It has three siblings also awaiting adoption. (Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni)
Adult cats such as the tabby pictured wait their turn to find a new home. (Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni)
Comments (2)
Posted by: Ann M. Flagg | Jun 27, 2014 22:42

Seriously? So they thought there was a fee so they left them to die? Not an acceptable excuse. Sharon thank you so much.


Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jun 20, 2014 18:37

Thank you Sharon for caring about these animals. Some people just have no conscience.

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