Thank you for your kindness! One Canadian delivery man decided to stop and investigate a strange black pile that looked like a piece of clothing. If he had not, the consequences could have been devastating.
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As delivery man Clyde Compton drove his milk truck through a strong snowstorm in Cormack— a farming community on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, Canada— he spotted an odd black spot lying in the middle of the snow-covered landscape on Jan. 6, 2019.
“They looked like a piece of clothing … but on second glance I knew what it was,” Compton said.
What was that weird black pile inside the snowbank? As Compton wanted to get to the bottom of the mysterious black patch, he pulled his milk truck closer to get a better look. And, fortunately, he has.
The black pile wasn’t a piece of clothing — high up from his truck, he saw three living and kicking black kittens huddled together in the cold.
“Looking down from the truck I could see them, anyone else probably wouldn’t have. They were in fresh falling snow about a foot deep,” Compton said.
Compton jumped into action knowing the kittens were left in a life-threatening situation.
Compton got out of his vehicle and plodded through waist-deep snow to scoop up the felines. Then, with his coat, he kept them warm and brought them back to his home in Deer Lake 12 miles away.
Thankfully, the cats were rescued just in time, because they would have been hit by a snowplow driving through the field moments later.
Assuming that his wife and daughter would take care of the little animals, he resumed his trip to St. John’s for the milk delivery.
“This was in Cormack but I took them home to my wife and daughter right away now their safe,” Compton wrote in a Facebook post.
The Comptons already contacted Deer Lake Kitty Rescue (DLKR) to help with the care and transfer of these kittens with two dogs and two cats from rescue homes in their home household.
Tanya Wight, a DLKR volunteer, grabbed and fostered the tiny cats.
“They were covered in ice and snow, huddled together trying to survive,” Wight wrote on Facebook. “They must have been tossed from a vehicle … Animal cruelty beyond comprehension.”
The young felines, thought to be 10-12 weeks old after being rescued, were lethargic and hypothermic and were then sent for medical examination to the vet.
Since being slightly underweight, the pair have shown positive signs of recovery with one kitten on antibiotics for an upper respiratory infection.
“They have been moved into the deluxe suite (aka my spare room) so they have more room to move about,” Wight wrote.
Wight called “Shiver” the long-haired female feline, the short-haired female feline “Stormy,” and the short-haired male feline “Flurry.”
“I have a really big heart and I don’t like to think anyone would be so blatantly cruel as to just leave them there,” Wight, who filed a complaint with the RCMP to investigate the “blatant act of cruelty and neglect of animals,” told The Telegram.
“Maybe it was someone in a hard financial position and thought they would survive on their own,” she continued.
Wight believes the kittens were house cats and not barn cats, due to their friendly personality.
According to CBC, Wight said: “We’re very confident they’ve lived up to 10 to 12 weeks in a shelter.” The three abandoned black kittens have since recovered and put on much-needed weight.
“Within a week, Little Shiver grew a full pound… and also developed a little feisty personality… a little Panther was hidden in that tiny body,” Wight wrote.
The kittens were later transferred and put up for adoption to the NL West SPCA in Corner Brook.
The day after Compton rescued the three kittens, another driver plodded through the snow to save another three cats, estimated to be four or five months old, in the same place, according to CBC.
If Compton and the other driver didn’t spot the kittens, the result could have been catastrophic.
“They would have just been covered and nobody would have known they were there. We often think, how many do we miss?” Wight said.
Wight urged pet owners to take abandoned cats to the pound instead of dumping them out in the cold on the driveway, as it would be a much more humane way to give up. Recall the advice of Wight, if you ever think about giving up your cats!
The three kittens that Compton saved have since been adopted and finally found their homes permanently. We hope that Shiver, Stormy, and Flurry will never again be abandoned and that their owners will cherish it!
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