Young kitten found covered in thick tar rescued and cleaned at Animalkind

A tiny, 3-week-old, female kitten covered in tar was brought in from Athens, New York, to Animalkind yesterday. The cat rescue has a spay/neuter clinic at Warren St., Hudson, NY.

Lucky as she was on arrival and when substantially cleaned. Photos: Animalkind
Lucky as she was on arrival and when substantially cleaned. Photos: Animalkind
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The pictures are extraordinary. The kitten was found under a dumpster with head and hind legs stuck in the gravel and tar. She was ‘caked in tar, not able to move – only cried’.

She was given fluids and a heating pad and three people worked for hours to remove the tar by bathing and cleaning as you can see in the photos.

Intensive but gentle cleaning to remove the tar. Photo: Animalkind.
Intensive but gentle cleaning to remove the tar. Photo: Animalkind.

Twenty-three hours ago Animalkind reported that she was okay having made it through the night. She has been named Lucky. There is more work to do to clean her. A mammoth task which can stress her so they provide her with breaks.

They are hopeful that she will make a full recovery. It is not thought that animal cruelty was involved.

More cleaning. Photo: AnimalKind
More cleaning. Photo: AnimalKind

They have raised money for her care. The latest figure I have seen is $2,381, a wonderful effort. Sixty-nine have donated.

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