At about 10:00 am on Thursday, July 19th, kids attending the Connecticut Humane Society’s “Kindness Club” summer program, along with their teachers, found and helped rescue a five month old Siamese cat that was abandoned at the Society’s Newington location.
While outside learning about the environment and wildlife of Connecticut, the kids (who range in age from 7 to 9) and Kindness Club teachers noticed a loose cat slinking along the outside dog runs. The cat was immediately caught and brought inside. Soon after, it was reported that a Humane Society client found a Hewlett-Packard box next to their car. The box is believed to have been what the kitten was left in, thus the reason that the kids decided to then name him, “HP”.
The Kindness Club is a humane education program for children ages 7-12, held at the Newington Headquarters. The program is designed for children who love pets and have the desire to learn more about the care of animals. In addition to lessons on responsible pet ownership, the children will learn about caring for infant animals, basic obedience training, veterinary care for animals, and more. The goal of Kindness Club is to help the next generation learn what they can do to make their homes and communities a better place for companion animals.
“The education gained at the Kindness Club was surely set in to motion this morning as the kids clearly applied what they’ve recently learned by helping an abandoned pet” said Gordon Willard, Executive Director of the Connecticut Humane Society.
The cat will be held for the stray holding period of 5 days, as required by law. He will receive a full medical examination, vaccinations and neutering prior to being made available for adoption.
The Connecticut Humane Society would like to remind everyone to report suspected cases of cruelty, neglect and abandonment to the local authorities immediately. Your call may make the difference between life or death for a poor, defenseless animal.