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Kittens need funding after month-long rescue from B.C. recycling plant

The rescue took some creative thinking.

The Okanagan Humane Society is in need of funding after a month-long rescue mission helped save the lives of five kittens at a local recycling facility.

“It’s a very dangerous situation. There’s conveyor belts, there’s garbage, there’s heavy trucks, there’s people coming and going, there’s dumpsters," described Okanagan Humane Society president Romany Runnalls.

"So, anyone can imagine how horrible it would be to find cats and kittens there that were caught in some of that machinery. It’s terrifying to think about that, and really, really highlights the need for spay-neuter."

According to the man who finally managed to capture the feral kittens, it was a long process that took some creative thinking.

“I was getting a little worried that, you know, maybe this little kitten wasn’t around anymore, so I decided to try playing a catcalling video on my phone," said rescuer Taylor Koch.

"I played that for about two seconds and heard a little kitten call back out to me. And sure enough, there was this tiny kitten, so I set the phone up behind one of the traps — they had food in them — came back 10 minutes later and we caught the kitten.”

The Okanagan Humane Society tells Castanet overpopulation is a serious problem for cats in the Okanagan, with over 150 spay and neuter requests through the month of January alone.

“Spay and neuter funds are always in desperate need at Okanagan Humane Society. That’s our main mission and mandate is to stop the breeding of cats and kittens and to help get them fixed to stop the breeding cycle,” added Runnalls.

If you’re interested in adopting a furry friend for your home or want to make a donation towards medical costs, you can contact the Okanagan Humane Society directly by phone or through their Facebook page or website.

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