Firefighters and fluff

A brand new veterinary clinic gets busy.

“They came rushing in wearing their full firefighter regalia with these eight little balls of fluff,” Dr. Margaret Dunnett recalled yesterday, still marvelling at the scene on the clinic’s opening day.

The eight kittens, just a few weeks old, lost their mother in the fire, but they’re OK now, thanks to the four women at the clinic.

For the past 11 days and nights, weekdays and weekends, every three hours around the clock, one of the women has been there to feed the kittens with syringes and bottles.

The kittens are now about four weeks old and, although they struggle from not being able to learn the necessary life skills from their mother’s examples, are all now in excellent health.

Surprisingly, the women, Dunnett and her assistants Katie Hatcher, Tricia Ferris and Christy MacKnight, are doing fine too, despite the odd hours they’re keeping, travelling to the clinic at all hours.


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