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Kittens' life-saving surgery

Madison Erhardt

Two adorable newborn kittens need a life-saving surgery, but raising the funds is no small task. 

The cats were saved from being crushed at a local recycling plant and brought to AlleyCATS rescue in Penticton.

"The kittens had to be bottle fed, and while I was feeding them I noticed that two of the six cats had their eyelashes directly growing into their eyes," said Sue Beagle. 

The condition is known as eyelid agenesis, which means that their eyelashes are turned toward their eyes instead of away, causing constant irritation. 

AlleyCATS has set up a fundraiser, but if they don’t get enough money to pay for surgery, the kittens may have to be put down. Each surgery costs about $2,000. 

AlleyCATS is a non-profit society providing rescue, rehabilitation, medical care and adoption of feral and orphaned cats throughout the Okanagan.

"For now, Dr. Ellen Nicklassen at the Kelowna Veterinary Hospital has put stitches in the kittens' eyelids to (keep) their eyes from getting damaged, but it’s only a short-term solution," Beagle said. 

To date, a little over $200 has been raised. 



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