Four of the six three-month-old kittens who were abandoned in a plastic tub outside of the MSPCA's Boston Adoption Center on the night of January 1st are now doing well enough to be offered for adoption, the MSPCA announced today.
The kittens survived near-freezing temperatures before they were discovered the next morning by MSPCA staffers. During the last three weeks, the frail felines have been lovingly cared for by two local foster families. Four of them have recovered sufficiently to be able to go to new homes, and will be available on Sunday, January 23rd at the MSPCA's facility on Huntington Avenue. Two others, including a female who has been named, "Pippy," will require additional care before they can go to permanent placements. Pippy, who suffered from a prolapsed rectum, is still recovering from surgery to correct the condition.
"The MSPCA will never turn away an animal that is being surrendered," said MSPCA Director of Animal Protection, Jean Weber. "In addition to the valuable behavioral and medical information that pet owners share with us, the surrender process ensures a safe handover of each animal. Freezing temperatures are among many dangers threatening the lives of abandoned animals, who are also victimized by abuse, starvation, and motor vehicle accidents."
Animal cruelty is a felony in Massachusetts, and is punishable by up to five years in prison, or a fine of up to $2,500. "If a pet owner needs to surrender an animal, we urge them to do so responsibly," emphasized Ms. Weber. "By informing us of an animal's past, we are able to make a much better match with a new adoptive owner."
The MSPCA has a full-time Law Enforcement Department whose mission is to investigate and prosecute cases of animal cruelty. To report a suspected case of animal cruelty, call 617-522-6008 or 800-628-5808.