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Left for dead, litter of kittens gets second chance at life

Posted: August 16, 2013 5:58 p.m.
Updated: August 16, 2013 5:58 p.m.

Rick Kerr, founder of Citizens for Shelter Animals, feeds formula to one of six rescued kittens that was abandoned in a Castaic Dumpster. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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Maybe cats really do have nine lives, or at least two.

A litter of newborn kittens, found discarded and left for dead in a Dumpster in Castaic, have been given a second chance by a Santa Clarita man who leapt into action after hearing of their plight.

Richard Kerr, founder of the local nonprofit group Citizens for Sheltered Animals, was told of the kittens Monday and headed over to Castaic immediately to see if he could help.

“I got there around noon,” he recalled Friday as he used a bottle to feed one of the kittens. “I could hear them meowing from the Dumpster.”

Kerr, who believes the kittens were no more than a few days old when they were found, picked up the kits, had them checked out by a vet and took them to his home, where he has been nursing them back to health ever since.

That means six to seven bottle feedings every day, along with regular baths and cleanings.

As with any newborns, it also means a lack of sleep.

“I’ve been sleeping on the couch pretty much every night,” he said. “And then when I wake up my first thought is, ‘Kittens!’”

But the results have been more than worth the effort, Kerr said. The kittens are rounding into a healthy weight. Fur, once patchy, is starting to grow back.

“These guys have really turned a corner,” he said, looking down at the wriggling kittens. “That first day it looked like some of them might not make it.”

Kerr said he is hoping to find someone with a nursing cat that might be able to help feed the kittens, since the natural milk contains antibiotics that will help keep them healthy.

He’ll keep the kittens until they are large enough to place in suitable homes.

In the meantime, Kerr will continue to feed and clean the kittens as they grow healthier and stronger.

“The best part is that two weeks from now they’ll be flying all over the house,” Kerr said, as the tiny kitten held in his hand mewled loudly.

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