Two kittens are recovering after being tossed from speeding vehicles near Regina.
“It’s pretty devastating for us when people do such cruel things that could really have harmed or have killed these kittens,” said Alanna Whippler from the Regina Cat Rescue.
One kitten, Ewan, was thrown from a car on Highway 11 approaching the city on Sept. 17.
“He hit the ditch more so than the pavement and had some fairly minor injuries. He had some scrapes, some cuts and got stitches in one of the wounds. He was actually not in the best shape to begin with. He was neglected before that. He was very thin and had an upper respiratory infection and was full of ear mites,” said Whippler.
The other kitten, Magda, was found on the side of the road near Carlyle, Sask. after being dumped from a car on Sept. 15.
“A whole litter of kittens had been tossed in a ditch and only one of them survived. They were three weeks old,” Whippler said.
“I don’t actually know how she survived when the other three didn’t. She’s very lucky. She’s doing really well.”
According to Whippler, it’s rare for people to throw their cats out of moving cars to get rid of them.
“For all the cruelty and abandonment we see, throwing them out of cars isn’t one of the more common ones, but definitely putting kittens in bags, throwing them in dumpsters, trash cans or leaving them in ditches. A lot of people just drop them off, they don’t necessarily throw them out of the car, but abandon them in rural areas, probably hoping they make their way to a farm,” she said.
The nice spring lead to more cats outside and more litters. That means shelters are filling up with cats.
“It’s possible people feel like there’s fewer options for turning over unwanted animals,” Whippler said.
Both kittens will be up for adoption in the coming weeks. They have to wait for Ewan to get over a cold and Magda to get a little older first.