A waste management worker was about to throw away a dumpster filled with tar and wood pellets when he heard mewing...
Waste management worker, William Grabill, was at work emptying garbage cans and dumpsters like usual when he heard a distinct crying coming from one of the dumpsters.
Upon further inspection, he realized that his ears weren’t deceiving him and that the tiny mews he heard were coming from six baby kittens.
The kittens were so young then that they still had their umbilical cords attached and their eyes were still closed. The poor babies were in a dumpster that was filled with tar and wood pellets, yet they all turned out to be healthy when they were brought into Sacramento SPCA.
The SSPCA estimated that they were just 1-2 days old at the time of their discovery and, after a checkup, they were placed in a foster home with two of the staffers who had experience with the bottle feeding and care necessary for young kittens.
Sarah Varanini, the foster care coordinator at the SSPCA, told The Dodo that it’s likely a mama cat gave birth in the dumpster and mistakenly thought it was a safe place to keep them. Though Varanini said this was the most likely scenario, she did also say it was possible that a human had dumped them there.
It’s been a little more than a month since their rescue, and five of the six kittens are healthy, strong, and moving around. Unfortunately, one of them died a few weeks after rescue, which the SSPCA said is not uncommon in young, abandoned animals.
With their eyes wide open, they were able to finally see their rescuer in a reunion caught on camera in a Periscope video. They curiously looked up at the man who was responsible for saving their lives, and these five remaining kittens, one of which was named William after his rescuer, crawled around asking to be picked up. The rest of them were reportedly named after characters associated with garbage and waste management, like Oscar and Heathcliff.
The kittens won’t be up for adoption until they are 2 months old and weighing in at 2 pounds, according to the SSPCA. It’s unclear whether Grabill will be one of the adopters, but he’s already done enough by saving them once.
If you live in the area and are interested in adopting one of these babies when they become available, then you can find out more about their adoption process here.
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