A pair of kittens rescued from the cold are loving their new lives.
By, 16 Mar 2019
Ani from Montreal, Canada, spotted a little tabby cat wandering around her garden.
Even in March, temperatures in Montreal can fall as low as -6C. With ice and snow covering the ground, Ani could see the stray was struggling to cope with the harsh weather conditions.
A winter rescue
But when she approached the tabby, she noticed that it wasn't alone; it had a little ginger friend, and the two of them were huddling together for warmth.
Knowing they needed saving, Ani called the Chatons Orphelins Montréal, a local animal rescue centre. Celia Crom was the first member of staff to treat the kittens. She told LoveMeow, “The kittens were very fearful when they first arrived. They were about three months old and both wobbly.”
The little brother and sister had obviously had very little contact with humans. They were nervous, anxious, and clung to each other for comfort.
Staff named the ginger kitten Poutchi, and the little tabby is called Mila.
Thanks to lots of specialised care, Poutchi and Mila started to feel at home.
"Poutchi quickly came out of his shell," said Celia. "He was very surprised when we tried to cuddle him, but as soon as he was held, he began to purr and fall asleep."
A new life
But it took his sister a little while longer to realise that people only wanted the best for her. On the first day in her new foster home, Mila wouldn't stop hissing.
However, her new foster mum spent plenty of time with Mila, feeding her by hand and giving her all the reassurance she needed.
After a few weeks of the right kind of care, Mila understood that this was her new home. Now she can't get enough cuddles; she also purrs away at the first sign of any affection.
So after a tough start in life, the future is looking bright for these rescue kitties.