A woman who works for Jersey Kitty Nonprofit, Athina Selean, had received a call about a cat who had just given birth. The main problem was that she had given birth outside under some steps during really cold and rainy weather.
All she could do was try and keep her babies warm during the dreadful conditions and hope help would come. Athina began to put out feelers to social media, trying to find a foster home for the young family. She managed to find a couple of volunteers, so a rescue mission swung into action.
They went to the location and Athina immediately put the kittens into a carrier, luckily the Mom followed her kittens in and immediately pushed her babies right to the back of the carrier.
You can watch the full rescue video here:
After a quick look around the neighborhood, they noticed a colony of cats living in the area. They were mostly ginger, and the number would only multiply as kitten season had already begun. “There were so many cats, and they were actively mating.”
Athina reached out to a local TNR (trap-neuter-return) rescuer, Morgan, to aid her in the process.
“When Morgan showed up (with a humane trap), we placed the babies in the carrier and put them behind the trap with a blanket over it. Momma cat always stayed nearby. She knew where the babies were,” Athina said.
As she heard the kittens meowing, she slowly walked toward them and into the trap. “After three hours in the rain and cold, everyone was safe and sound.”
The next morning, as Athina went to check on the feline family, she was surprised by what she discovered — there was a fifth baby that hadn’t been there the day before.
The cat mom was still in labor during the rescue and had her last kitten in the comfort of a safe home. Some of these kittens might not have made it if they were left out in the rain. “Morgan and I will be heading back to spay and neuter the other cats to stop the cycle,” Athina told Love Meow.
Now, all five of them are snuggling comfortably next to their doting mama in a warm bed.