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Lucky kittens use up first of nine lives in bonfire

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This week Pets for Life Animal Shelter Inc. at Billinudgel took three tiny kittens into foster care. The kittens, who are just four-weeks-old, were found in a bonfire on a property at Newrybar.

The rescued cats, dubbed Tutti, Trixie and Tigger getting a good clean up from rescue ‘mum’. Photo supplied.

The brave woman who rescued them heard their mewling cries after the mother cat ran out of the lit bonfire. Their rescuer went into the burning pile, found the kittens and pulled them out.


Their fur was on fire but luckily they were only singed because she rolled them in the dirt as she got them out. I don’t think she realised that she risked her life to save them as the bonfire was huge.

The woman was working as a landscaper on the property and had been putting stuff on the fire – the pile of rubbish had been there for some weeks and the cat mum must have though it was a safe place to have her kittens. Unfortunately, since the fire, mum hasn’t been found.

The rescuer’s dog was so lovely ‘fostering’ the babies and was cleaning them up. 

Thank goodness for caring people and foster carers. The kittens have had a vet check and been given a clean bill of health. Homes have already been found for two of them and a possible owner for the third one when they’re old enough to leave care.

Tired kittens after a big adventure. Tigger and Tutti.

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  1. Pets for Life Animal Shelter at Billinudgel who took three tiny kittens into foster care after a fire nearly killed them, are remarkable humans who do volunteer work to save homeless and abandoned cats. . They need our support to continue with their wonderful compassionate work.

    • What a negative attitude… based entirely on preconceived prejudice, ignorance and self-importance. After 12 years working in animal rescue and rehoming I’m confident that it’s not the animals that belong in cages but those who harbour misguided hatreds.

    • Animals are saviours for people who are lonely, have mental health issues or disabilities. They also help to teach children responsibiltiy and how to care about other things than themselves. Obviously it’s better if people keep their cats indoors and most rescue organisations would recommend this. It’s also safer for the cats – no snake bites or ticks!


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