Little Wanderers Cat Rescue received a pressing call regarding a family of three kittens, whose feral mother had disappeared after beginning to raise them in the basement of a plumbing supply shop. The Queens, New York business owner was planning on closing down operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic and wanted to save the kittens from true abandonment before the lockdown.
One of the rescue volunteers hurried over right away to find the feline trio, needing treatment for eye infections and young enough that they were not yet weaned from nursing off their mama. With no mother cat anywhere around to feed the babies, Bierka, another of the rescue’s volunteers, welcomed them into her home to give them the regular feedings they would need all day and all night. She also took on the responsibility of cleaning the kittens’ eyes and giving them their medicine.
One of the other foster volunteers returned to the plumbing shop in hopes of finding the mother cat, but the searching revealed nothing. She had apparently left for good. Meanwhile, her kittens grew stronger and healthier with the care from Bierka, until a week later when the adorable furballs were ready to begin eating a more solid canned kitten food.
Bierka’s job as kitten bottle-feeder was complete, and another foster volunteer, Natasha, took over the care for the feline triplets. She took them through their litter box training and perfecting the art of eating solid foods, and she will give them shelter now until they are ready for adoption, which will be pretty soon. It truly took a village to raise these feline children through all their phases during the pandemic.