On August 4, the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility (CVACF) took in two sick and malnourished kittens that had been found in the Sweetwater riverbed. At that time, the kittens weighed just over ½ pound each and both also had severe cases of upper respiratory disease. The disease, which is highly contagious in cats, had severely damaged the kittens’ eyes to the point where they could not see.
Despite the kittens being malnourished and not able to see, the staff at CVACF went right to work to try and save them. The kittens were monitored every day by the veterinary staff and received treatments for other maladies including internal parasites. Due to the damage done to their eyes by the upper respiratory disease, the female kitten had to have both eyes surgically removed while the male kitten had his right eye removed.
“The dedication that the staff at the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility showed for these two kittens is just another example of the level of compassion and care that the shelter shows for all of the animals under their care”, said Dan DeSousa, Interim Director for the shelter.
Now 12 weeks old, the kittens are healthy and have been spayed and neutered. The CVACF is looking for that one special family that can open their hearts and home to adopt both of these kittens.
“These two kittens have been through a lot in their very short lives and have been by each other’s side throughout it all and, as such, we do not want to separate them.” added DeSousa. “It will take a special person that can help the kittens acclimate to their new home and learn to be comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings.”
Interested adopters may complete and submit the adoption application on the shelter’s website (https://www.chulavistaca.gov/departments/animal-care/adoptions/adoption-application) and indicate