Robin Kilgore was driving through torrential downpours to pick up a dog from a Logan, West Virginia, animal shelter when he found a cardboard box sitting on the ground.
When Kilgore decided to get out of the car, all she could hear over the sound of the rain was crying.
“It was raining super hard and the box was soaked,” Selena Marcum, president of The Paws Squad rescue, told The Dodo.
Kilgore quickly called Marcum after seeing the cardboard box just outside of the animal shelter.
When they opened the cardboard box, a mother cat peered up at her — and three less than a week old tiny kittens were shivering at her side.
“She moved the box and it just fell apart,” Marcum said. “The mama and her babies were drenched.”
Thankfully, the kind hearted-woman had already been planning to drive a dog to One By One Animal Advocates later that day — so the volunteers there offered to find a foster home for the young cat family. She dried them off and loaded them up for the trip.
Vets estimated that the kittens were only 3 or 4 days old and they wouldn’t have stood a chance to survive in those cold, wet conditions for much longer.
“We’re very lucky that Robin happened to find them when she did,” Marcum said. “I truly think they would’ve drowned in that box.”
According to Marcum, Many people have already dumped animals in front of the county shelter, so this did not surprise him anymore.
While it’s unclear how long the cat and her tiny kittens were out there in the rain, they fortunately didn’t suffer any health issues and are now staying in a foster home.
They named the mother cat Gypsie, while her three boys are Cheddar, Velveeta and Panda.
“Mom is a little timid right now but she’s nursing well and taking good care of her boys,” Marcum said. “They’ll stay with their foster mom until they’re weaned, then all will be spayed and neutered and ready for a new home.”
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H/T: The Dodo