Kittens found in dumpster beat the odds

7:57 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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GOULDSBORO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- When Forgotten Felines of Maine got the call that there was a cat with six kittens in a dumpster New Years Eve morning, the odds didn't look good. One month later it's a happy ending for three very lucky felines.

Since it first opened in 2009, the cat rescue Forgotten Felines of Maine in Gouldsboro has taken  in hundreds of feral, stray and abandoned cats each year. It's most recent case is also the rescues youngest. Executive Director, Pamela Hansberry, received a phone call on the morning of New Years Eve from a woman in the town of Clifton that had found seven cats in her dumpster. A mom and six kittens, in what was less than 10 degree weather.  

"Frozen, I mean two of the babies were already frozen dead," said Hansberry.

Two more of the kittens passed away over the next few days, but the mother named Hope, along with the two remaining kittens, Faith and Happy, pulled through.

Faith and Happy were bottle fed for the first four days of their life because their mothers milk supply was effected from the cold. Then for four weeks they were force fed through tubes. It's been both time consuming and costly with almost $500 in vet bills and hundreds worth of formula.

"It's been every two in a half, three hours, around the clock since New Years Eve when we got them," said Hansberry.

There is a long line of people waiting to adopt the two kittens, but no one has claimed their mother Hope yet. If you'd like to adopt her, you can visit Forgotten Feline's facebook page or go to their website, You'll also find information on that website as to where you can send donations if you'd like to help the rescue in caring for the 25 cats it currently has.


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