For most people, the sight of a tiny 8 week old fuzzy kitten is heart melting. The tiny squeak of a meow, the soft purr and the adorable romping play all baby kittens exhibit is pure joy. But for others, this innocence and helplessness invokes something sinister. As is the case of Checkers.
Checkers is an 8 week old kitten that has already suffered tremendous cruelty in his short life. He was found inside a cardboard box that was tied up and dumped behind a library in Newhall, California. A woman in the parking lot heard a kitten crying and went looking. When she opened the box she couldn’t believe what she saw. Inside was a bloodied face kitten with severe damage to his eye. He was weak and dehydrated and she knew she had to do something or he wouldn’t survive. The woman only knew of one person in the area that could help and that was Julia Mildenberger.
Julia responded immediately and took the kitten to her vet. “I couldn’t believe anyone would do something to such a sweet kitten. He’s really tiny, too.” Upon exam the vet determined the injury was most likely human inflicted coupled with the fact the kitten was found inside a sealed cardboard box. “Someone had their idea of ‘fun’ with him and then threw him away like trash when they were done.” His chance of survival didn’t look good but Julia had to try. “He’s just a baby. He deserves a chance to know kindness and love.” Checkers underwent treatment of IV fluids and force feedings for two days. He’s now stable and currently on antibiotic to stave off infection but that’s just a band aid for the moment. He needs to have surgery to remove the damaged and dying tissue of what used to be his left eye and the eye cavity needs to been cleaned out. If an infection takes root it will kill him.
Julia has already paid for his vet stay and treatment. “The surgery is expensive but he needs it. So, I’ll try to raise funds to pay for it.” Julia is founder of Southern California Cat Adoption Tails and is a small, nonprofit 501c3 rescue group in Southern California. Her rescue has saved and adopted out hundreds of dogs/puppies and cat/kittens in the past decade alone with the hope that Checkers is another success story. She has started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the cost of Checkers’ surgery. Anyone interested in contribution to her campaign can click here. All donations are tax deductible and when Checkers has fully recovered he will be placed up for adoption.
If anyone witnesses cruelty to animals they can contact the Animal Cruelty Task Force of Los Angeles.