Long live the local heroes! A litter of five kittens was rescued from a trash can by a Toronto pet store on one of the coldest nights of the year so far.
Katherine Yao, a sales clerk at Pet Valu at 5200 Yonge Street, told Narcity what happened on Jan. 10 when a customer came in asking about kitten food.
“They brought up the fact that she and her neighbor actually found five kittens in the trash can outside on one of the coldest nights,” Yao said.
Everyone at the store is “quite” fond of kittens, puppies, and animals, period, so Yao said they offered to help. In addition to fostering the kittens, Pet Valu has also launched a GoFundMe page to help caregivers care for them until they find their forever home.
The fundraiser has already surpassed its goal of $1,000 and has raised a total of $1,307. The funds will go towards food and veterinary bills for strays, and they are also currently accepting donations of food, cash and in-store supplies.
“This kind of problem escalated very quickly when we posted on our social media and everyone started donating, which is great,” Yao said.
Since the kittens were rescued, the youngest of the litter sadly passed away as they no longer wanted to hold on to food. But, Yao shared that the rest of the litter is doing well.
“I think we are in the process of finding permanent accommodation. The other three are still searching,” Yao said.
“We’re just waiting for them to be old enough for their, you know, their vaccinations and their surgeries. And then once all that is settled, they are ready for their permanent residence.
This isn’t the first time Pet Valu on Yonge Street has been notified of stray dogs in the area.
“It’s happened many times, unfortunately,” she said.
Yao added that a stray cat found outside during the summer became the store’s pet.
If you want to give these adorable furballs a forever home, the store says the adoption process begins eight to 10 weeks after the kittens have had the proper health screenings and can eat solid food.
The city has faced record freezing winds this winter with extreme cold warnings currently in effect across most of Ontario.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.