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Trapped kitten finds home

UPDATE AUGUST 6:

Following Castanet's story below about the kitten that was saved after it was trapped in a rat trap – Lola has found a forever home.

“We would love to report that Lola has now found a forever home with people who are absolutely in love with her,” writes the Rose Valley Veterinary Clinic on Facebook. 

“We are overwhelmed by the amount of phone calls we received asking how Lola was doing and inquiring about adopting her. It warms our hearts knowing the amount of caring people who shared the same dream as us; seeing Lola healthy and happy with people who love her, which has now been achieved.”


ORIGINAL AUGUST 5:

Lola, a 10-week-old kitten, has a new lease on life and is looking for a home, after an anonymous resident found her near death in a live rat trap.

The unidentified man found the kitten stuck to the bottom of the rat trap, which had a sticky tar-like bottom to snare rats. The cat had been there for days, and when it arrived at Rose Valley Veterinary, it was emaciated, dehydrated and near death.

“A good, good person brought her in,” said veterinarian Dr. Moshe Oz. “All her body and all four legs were trapped there, we got her just in the nick of time."

Oz and his team rushed the kitten into the hospital and despite some touch and go moments brought the little kitten to life.

"We gave her fluids, medication and food, and now we are looking for a good, good home.”

While they aren't sure exactly how long the kitten was trapped, Oz believes it was at least two or three days, given its condition.

“She was really, really emaciated, in really bad shape and very dehydrated,” he said. “Especially in this heat.”

There is little known about the man who rescued it or where the kitten was found, but it was apparently somewhere in West Kelowna.

The clinic has tried to reach out to the man to thank him and get more details, but has not yet heard back.

Oz hopes someone will adopt the cat they've named Lola.

“The care was all free for her, and we just want to find her a good, happy home.

“We want to warn people about these stupid traps,” he added. “Especially this time of year, when we have lots of kittens. It can be so dangerous for small wildlife and, of course, kittens.”

Oz says residents should look into safer, less cruel ways to trap rats and mice.

“In this case there was no mechanism for it die. You put it out there in the heat of the sun, no water, no food. It is quite cruel.”

Oz recommends calling a professional pest control company for assistance and says he hopes those who use traps make sure to check them often.

“There are more humane ways of doing it, without risking other animals in the process,” says Oz. 

If you're interested in adopting Lola, call the Rose Valley Vet clinic at 250-769-9109.



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