State troopers in Washington State are no strangers to dealing with the illegal dumping of boats in the area.
They respond to calls about abandoned boats all the time, but they’d never encountered a case like this one.
That day, Trooper Sage Schafer was out with his supervisor on what seemed to be a typical routine discovery of an abandoned boat.
It had been left on the side of the interstate for roughly 24 hours and was lying on its side after falling off the blocks it was set on.
When the troopers arrived at the scene, they found the contents of the boat spilling out on the road.
But what really caught their attention wasn’t the pile of junk or scattered equipment.
It was the sound of faint crying coming from the boat…
A Cry for Help
It was soon clear the sounds they heard were unmistakably kitten cries.
Trooper Schafer and his supervisor immediately started digging through the rubbish.
The task appeared like finding a needle in a haystack – they had to do quite a bit of digging to track down the cries.
Finally, the moment of truth arrived.
They uncovered four tiny, helpless kittens with no mother in sight.
The poor babies couldn’t have been more than a few days old.
They blindly huddled together for warmth with their eyes shut closed.
It was unclear whether they’d been abandoned on the boat, born in it, or placed in it afterward.
Though the mystery of how they got there would never be solved, one thing was certain: these kittens desperately needed help.
The officers began looking for any trace of the mother cat around the area, but returned empty handed.
It was impossible to know if they kittens had been left there by their mother in the first place.
Leaving them in the boat was a risk the officers weren’t willing to take.
They knew the baby kittens wouldn’t survive for long without their mom.
It was time to take action.
New Home, New Life
The officers then contacted an experienced local animal rescuer for help.
Luckily, the rescuer responded and welcomed the kittens into her care with open arms.
The officers stated that the rescuer wished to remain anonymous, but was always willing to help animals in need.
Soon the kittens were taken to the vet where they received a clean bill of health.
Now it was time for them to grow big and strong from round-the-clock bottle feedings and plenty of rest.
With their bellies full of formula milk and a warm, safe place to sleep, these kittens have a bright future to look forward to.
Once they’re older and healthy enough, they’ll be spayed/neutered and ready to meet their forever families!
Thanks to Trooper Schafer, the rescuer, and the other officers that selflessly jumped into action, these four lovely kittens are alive and thriving.
All warm and fed 🙂 pic.twitter.com/xbLfNGBlQE— Trooper John Bryant (@wspd6pio) November 28, 2020