Troopers Find Litter of Kittens

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP -- An animal shelter in Luzerne County is caring for a litter of kittens found in a car that state police impounded as evidence.

It's a mystery how the kittens got there and efforts to find the kittens' mother haven't been successful.

The seven little stowaway kittens are only days old and need a lot of care.

They were born where they weren't supposed to be and now without their mama cat, they're relying on Blue Chip Farm animal rescue volunteers to do the job.

It was certainly not what state troopers were expecting to find when they searched a vehicle at their impound lot in Wyoming: a litter of seven kittens, only days old.

"So tiny, I don't know if I've seen a kitten this tiny," volunteer Jenn Reese said.

Now Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge near Dallas is caring for the cuties. State police took their find there.

The runt of the litter is now appropriately nicknamed "Trooper," but they're all considered little troopers, almost requiring the care of a human baby.

"It's hard when they're this little because you're basically their mom. You have to feed them every two hours. You have to do everything a mom cat would do," said volunteer Maryjo Engleman.

Engleman is caring for some of them at her home.

Volunteer Sharon Lukasavage is having the sleepless newborn nights with the others at her house.

"It's tiring but it is rewarding. It's nice to give them a chance that they wouldn't have had otherwise," Lukasavage said.

For these little guys, the mommy cat would of course be best but the volunteers at Blue Chip are doing their best to make sure these kittens have a fighting chance.

"You do shed a tear when they go to a new home, but it's nice that they have a fighting chance," Lukasavage said.

The volunteers tried to find the mama, but found multiple stray cats that just had kittens. They had to be sure to get the right one.

A lot of cats are born on the streets in the spring.

If these little ones survive, volunteers say they'll be spayed or neutered and go to good homes.

"A kitten can be going into heat at four months old and it's just an ongoing process. This is kitten season; it's a shelter's worst nightmare. It's not just Blue Chip, it's every shelter, every SPCA. We're overloaded," Engleman said.

Blue Chip Farm says if the kittens make it, they should be ready for adoption at eight weeks.

The farm could use some help caring for them, especially donations of KMR kitten formula.



  • No News Here

    Are they going to sell t-shirts to cover the cost of caring for the litter until they can become feral on their own?

  • Positive Thoughts

    I do not believe anyone forced any of you to click on this story and read it, so please spare the rest of us your negative thoughts. Good job to everyone involved giving these little cuties a chance :)

  • ...!

    This is in the news? Why are ppl in uniform constantly engaging in sleazy pr stunts like this. What a heart warming tear jerker

  • Ashley Dancho

    How is this newsworthy? Most likely the mother cat came back looking for them. I believe there is already a huge over population of unwanted cats so why on earth are these people trying to raise these kittens? They preach about getting cats spayed and neutered because many cant find homes and then they are trying to raise these cats. I don’t get it.

    • MS

      What do you recommend they do, Ashley? Kill them? They will most likely spay and neuter the kittens when they are old enough before they are adopted out. That is common practice for many animal rescues and shelters in cases like this. Had the kittens been left alone and managed to survive, we would only have more feral cats to contribute to the overpopulation issue.

      • No News Here

        Yes. Kill them. Humanely, of course. But exterminate them like they do to any other vermin. Offspring of a stray, feral cat who will no doubt spawn more. This litter alone will make 50 more.

      • MS

        Clearly, you did not read the article, my full comment, or understand what the terms “spay” and “neuter” mean. The rescue is going to spay and neuter the kittens before adopting them out. This means that the kittens will not be able to reproduce. If the kittens had been left alone and survived, they would be running wild and have many more litters. Your argument is irrelevant.

    • MS

      In fact, if you read the article, you will see that it specifically says the kittens will be spayed and neutered if they survive before they are re-homed.

  • mittens

    well the mom cat will come back to the impound and find her babies missing…should of left them there ..oh well.

    • Liz

      Idk why you’re getting so many down votes. Those kittens didn’t just magically appear out of nowhere. The cops did the right thing, but I’m sure you’re correct. The mommy was probably out finding food or something and came back to her babies missing. :(

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