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Infested Orphan Kittens - 16 Aug 2009
(CAUTION before reading: Somewhat graphic images and story)

Very recently someone brought in 4 kittens, only 3-5 days young.  They saw their mother killed by a car.

They came to us in a box. The kittens felt very cold, and upon inspection, we discovered that ALL were covered with maggots......

Maggots are the larvae of the common fly.  The fly lays its eggs on the carcasses of dead animals *or* in wounds of living animals (including humans!).  The eggs hatch within 8 to 20 hours and then burrow into the skin of their "host". There, the maggots feed on - and grow in - the tissue of the deceased or wounded animal, causing more lesions and providing entryway for more maggots.

It took our staff over three hours to attend to every kitten, pulling out *each maggot*, and giving the kittens fluids, antibiotics and special kitten milk.

This little kitten is suffering from an open wound where her umbilical cord was. The maggots have entered and eaten a hole into her tiny body.....

This little one has maggots in his hind legs and lower body. ....

It is crucial to remove ALL maggots by hand with a tiny tweezer.  There is nothing than can be given to kill them.

We are still working on it. Every 2 hrs, we re-examine for surfacing maggots and facilitate removal.  The  4 kittens have a slim chance for recovery -depending on how far the maggots have eaten through their bodies and whether we can remove them all.  We will give them that chance, no matter how time consuming or emotionally draining the work is.  They will have a chance a Animalkind.

Their worst suffering is over; now they are eating, warm and cared for....

Please donate to Animalkind NOW,
so we can provide needed care for animals who are suffering and in need of help.

Please help us save those souls, motherless and injured after only 5 days on this planet.

We will do everything to help them and keep you posted. 
Again..... please donate NOW.
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Animalkind Inc.is a not-for-profit welfare, protection, rescue, rights organization dedicated to the  compassionate care and humane population control of abandoned, feral and stray cats in Hudson, New York (Columbia County) and the surrounding area.  We promote non-lethal  prevention of an unwanted litter or litters of kittens through trap, spay, neuter, release (return), (tnr, TNR).  An altered cat or kitten is released into a managed colony. Felines living in such colonies are assured kind daily care.  Adoption to  homes providing love and care for cats and kittens is encouraged.   We also provide low or no cost spaying and neutering assistance to low income pet owners and help increase public awareness and education through the media, special events, and publications to promote compassion, respect, and kindness towards all animals. 

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