On August 21, 2014 a coldhearted monster threw a pair of two week old kittens out the window of a moving car on Spring Street in Long Beach. Several car lengths back, women on their way to drop their friend at the airport saw what had happened and immediately pulled over. Taking their life in their hands, the ladies dashed into traffic to rescue the babies. In the short time it took to get to them, one of the kittens was run over and instantly killed. They were however able to scoop up the remaining kitten and get him safely out of harm’s way. Kitten Rescue was contacted for help and in less than two hours this tiny traumatized baby was delivered to my office. Weighing a mere seven ounces, this sweet little lamb fit in the palm of my hand with room to spare. Knowing what he’d been through I knew the risk of internal injuries existed. I was concerned by the fact that he was rather lethargic and unusually quiet for a little kitten but I was able to get him to take a small amount of formula from a bottle which was a good sign. He was moderately dehydrated (heaven only know how long he’d been away from mama and last nursed), so I gave him a small amount of subcutaneous lactated ringer solution which seemed to perk him up a little. His first urination and bowel movement showed no signs of blood which I had feared could be present if there were internal injuries.
A visit to a Kitten Rescue veterinary partner confirmed that this little angel had miraculously suffered no physical damage from the heinous act perpetrated on him other than a superficial laceration on his side which healed quickly.
This little fellow needed a proper name. At the suggestion of the president of Kitten Rescue he was named ‘Fenster’. A sort of shortened version of the word ‘defenestration’ which (I learned) is “the act of throwing someone or something out of a window”. Who knew there was even a word for such an act? Certainly not me!
After the first few days little Fenster became more active and his appetite improved. I was offering him the bottle every couple of hours (around the clock) and at each feeding he took a little more. He traveled back and forth to work with me every day for the first five weeks to accommodate his feeding schedule.
At the age of 2 ½ months the poor little guy landed in the hospital for several days with a urinary tract infection. Thankfully that cleared up quickly and he is now 100% happy, healthy, and ready for his forever home.
It breaks my heart that his innocent little sibling died in such a horrific manner. I also can’t help but fear what fate befell their mama. I’ve spent a fair amount of time praying that karma will suitably repay the individual who committed this horrible act.
Fenster is yet another Kitten Rescue ‘success story’. Every year we save hundreds of kittens, cats, puppies, and dogs that otherwise wouldn’t have a chance for a happy ending like little Fenster. But we can’t do it without your help! Since Kitten Rescue is an all-volunteer organization, every penny of your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation goes directly to the critters care and medical expenses.