Julie opens door to nine abandoned kittens in Dalby
JULIE Parsons became a new mum to nine abandoned kittens, saying her care and generosity was all about giving the felines a second chance.
"I had three approximately three-week-old kittens that were dumped, apparently found in a car tyre," she said.
"I took them in to be weighed one Saturday at Total Care and walked out with nine altogether."
Ms Parsons said the second litter of kittens she took home were only about 10 days old.
Only two females survived from that litter.
She said taking on all nine was a big challenge but also a joy.
"There were so many bottles to make up and I was trying to wean and litter train the first three, while the six needed to be bathed. They were full of fleas and worms," she said.
"I just looked at the first three I had and thought 'they'd been given a second chance, so why should these not be given a second chance?'."
She said the six kittens were much younger then the first three she took in, which made caring for them harder.
"They had more complications," she said.
"Just maintaining body heat and keeping bottles down was hard."
Julie said she believed council should emphasise desexing programs.
"The number of cats you see of a night time running around the streets... quite a lot are ferals," she said.
Total Care Vets and Pets owner Veronica Lucas said there was a "huge problem" with feral cats in Dalby.
"The feral cats also spread feline aids, which is impossible to treat and is spread by fighting and mating," she said.