When the UK-based Bradford Cat Watch Rescue Team received a call from the police about two abandoned kittens, they didn’t know what to expect.
However, they reckon they’ve rescued countless cats over the years, so they won’t be too surprised at what awaits them. But when the volunteers finally arrived at the shelter, they realized that the situation was very different from anything they had experienced before.
The two kittens were named Smurf and Shrek by staff at a cat shelter after being brutally “colored” with markers. Two black and white cats were disfigured by unscrupulous thugs with blue and green pens when they were found by police and taken to Bradford Cat Rescue (BCWR) in West Yorks.
Staff at the rescue center immediately took them to the vet because they weren’t sure how much damage the toxic pans could do – the cats licked their fur to clean themselves.
According to the staff, the kittens are only 4-5 weeks old and are seriously ill. “If these kittens aren’t rescued, I’m sure they’ll be dead in an hour or two.” Smurf’s skin is irritated by the felts and he is very itchy.
Thankfully, these adorable kittens ended up receiving much more care. Katie has about 80 cats and kittens in her care center at any given time. She said: “We took them straight to the vet. They were taking medicine and eye drops, and we bathed them in a special solution.”
So far, they have had four baths. The color started to disappear from their bodies, but it remained on their faces and in their eyes.