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Abandoned kittens find new homes

Fourteen kittens have been saved by two local animal lovers who found a crate full of kittens on their doorstep last week.

"Thank heavens they were brought to me," said Linda Milner, president of JoCo Spay & Neuter Fund.

The last batch of unadopted kittens, about eight of them, were at an adoption event at Pacific Veterinary Clinic on Fruitdale Drive Saturday morning. People came to get a peek at the tiny kittens, some orange and some gray. Within about two and a half hours, all the kittens had been adopted out.

Nicolette Stone, a nurse from Roseburg, came because her 2-year-old son Liam had asked for a cat for Christmas.

"Say hi to the kitty and see if one comes to you," she told her son, kneeling next to the small fence corralling the kittens in a room.

"I want to hold one," Liam said, pointing at one of the gray kittens.

Christmas came early for Liam and his little brother Laketon, who took home two kittens Saturday, one orange and one gray. Liam plans to name them Elf and Cranberry.

Stone knew the backstory of the kittens, as her mother works at Pacific Veterinary and was happy to be giving a nurturing home to the kittens, who just days ago were fighting for survival. Twenty kittens were found inside the crate, a small pet carrier, but two had suffocated and four more had to be euthanized.

Stone said she was happy to help.

"This is great," she said. "So many cats don't have homes, and it feels good to take one home."

Saving the kittens was a team effort among Milner and Gayle Parker, a secretary for Pet Rescue, and Pacific Veterinary Clinic which provided medical care.

Another woman, Natosha Vaught, came from Central Point to adopt a cat she had seen on social media.

"I've been stalking him on Facebook," said Vaught, a teacher at Crater High School.

Vaught also knew the story of the kittens, and was expressing how important it is to have services that provide help to animals in need.

"It is essential, essential," she said.

Although the story has a happy ending, it showcases the importance of spaying and neutering pets, said Parker.

"There are just not enough people spaying and neutering their pets," she said. "Don't let kittens get as bad as that. There is help available and options available."

Spaying and neutering can cost as much as $80, though Parker said that there are many resources available to subsidize those costs.

That includes discount vouchers provided by the JoCo Spay & Neuter Fund, which has fixed around 9,000 pets since 2009.

— Reach reporter Alex Madison at 541-474-3718 or amadison@thedailycourier.com