Rescued Just in Time – Heartwarming Story Contest

This pet rescue story is an entry in the Most Heartwarming Story Contest, by Helen Woodward Animal Center. The Most Heartwarming Story Contest is open to any and all participating Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays pet organizations. The winner will win $1,000 for their facility or rescue! Your organization can become a Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays partner today. This story will now have an opportunity to be featured in the finalist pool in February, 2016. 

Kittens Covered in Foam Find Forever Home

Foam Kitties Lead Image

Abbott and Costello

From Blount County Humane Society, located in Maryville, Tennessee

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The Blount County Humane Society (BCHS) in Maryville, Tennessee recently shared some of the most shocking photos of animal cruelty we’ve ever seen.

Foam Kitties Cruelty 1

Foam Kitties Cruelty 2

On August 14, 2015, gray tabby kittens Abbott and Costello were discovered plastered in “Good Stuff,” foam in a spray can used for insulation. BCHS shared the jaw-dropping story on their Facebook page:

“These two kittens were found Friday night by a Good Samaritan on the road behind K-Mart in Alcoa about 9:30 p.m. They were covered in a product called Good Stuff used to insulate gaps around windows and doors. We believe they were set at this location after someone put this product on the kittens. As you can see, one kitten had his head completely covered; he was unable to see and was found in the middle of the road going in circles. The other kitten was immobile because he was stuck inside a Pampers diaper box on the side of the road.”

“Both kittens were brought to Midland Pet Emergency Center and were treated by the dedicated staff there and by some of our BCHS volunteers. We were called by Midland Pet Emergency to start the investigation that will hopefully lead to a prosecution of the individuals responsible for this act of cruelty…”

According to WATE TV 6, it took technicians 3 hours to painstakingly remove the sticky substance from the kittens. They shaved off two full bags of fur.

Foam Kitties Day After

The day after our rescue (feeling much better!)

The kittens’ story garnered much publicity and outraged the community. How could someone be so cruel? Thousands of people shared their story on Facebook, which led to many much-needed donations for the kittens’ care.

Staff and volunteers at BCHS cared the kittens, nicknamed the Foam Kitties, until October 11, 2015 when Abbott and Costello finally got their happy ending.

From BCHS:

“A wonderful couple felt their hearts break when they read their story. They visited them a couple of times and then decided to make these babies their own. There was an instant connection between the boys and mom and dad. Abbott and Costello cannot get enough loving from mom and dad. Happy life boys!! We wait for updates on how happy you are!”

Foam Kitties at Home 1

Foam Kitties at Home 2

To date, no arrests have been made. It’s easy to lose faith when you see the cruelty of which human beings are capable. But the real “good stuff” in this story isn’t the foam insulation sprayed on the kittens. It’s the Good Samaritan who rescued them, the medical staff who saved them, the volunteers who cared for them, the donors who supported them and the couple who will love them forever.

During the 2015 Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign (Oct. 1, 2015 – Jan. 4, 2016), participating animal organizations are encouraged to enter heartwarming adoption success stories. Submissions can be made weekly by email or tagging stories with #LightTheirWayHome, and at the end of each week Helen Woodward Animal Center will select a winning story to be featured on this very blog! After the campaign ends on Jan. 4, 2016, the weekly winning stories will be compiled into a pool and voted on by partnered organizations, animal welfare fans and the public. The story with the most votes will win a $1,000 donation for their animal organization and will be announced on Helen Woodward Animal Center’s blog in February, 2016. For more rules and guidelines, please click here.

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