Kittens heartlessly dumped in the desert up for adoption

By: Leigh Ashman Email
By: Leigh Ashman Email
Two of four kittens dumped outside Whitewater Sunday afternoon.

Two of four kittens dumped outside Whitewater Sunday afternoon.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - It’s unfortunate that life forces us to take beloved family pets to the shelter. But it’s far worse when unwanted animals are dumped and left to fend for themselves.

I was in the right place at the right time this weekend and witnessed four kittens being dumped near Whitewater.

We were out riding motorcycles on Sunday and we just happened to stop near the Whitewater boat launch. As we pulled up I saw a bunch of little pairs of legs run away from his truck.

Those little pairs of legs belonged to a troop of six to eight-week-old kittens who instantly found a place in my heart.

I named them while I sat there waiting for friends to bring supplies and a box to take them home in. Once you name them, it’s hard to give them up…

But, one is called Sarah. She looks like a little black and white cow. She’s very playful and is a huge fan of a little orange mouse toy.

Another is named Bagheera, after the black panther in The Jungle Book. He’s the most regal of the kittens and has bushy white ear hair and whiskers.

Thumbleina was the first kitten to greet us. She’s utterly sweet, and a little bit of a dingbat.

Tommy is the lap cat. He’ll play, but would prefer to sit around and keep your legs warm.

Now if you’re wondering, the Whitewater Boat Launch is three-quarters of a mile from the Mesa County Animal Services building.

Officials with Animal Services say dumping animals without making arrangements for their care is illegal and punishable with jail time and fines. I didn’t know or I would have reported the man who dumped them.

This incident is a perfect example of why it's so important to spay and neuter your pets. We're supposed to be the superior beings and then we go and do something like this. So, if you need a kitten I know where you can find four. They're very sweet and I’ve already been told I'm not allowed to keep them all.

If you have room in your heart and your home for a kitten, I promise they’ll give back more than they ever receive. Call us today at 970/243.1111 or email me at the address above!

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