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Newborn kittens rescued from barbecue pit

Staff Report~ 7/16/2014

ANTHEM – Anthem Pets saved the day for five newborn kittens on July 10.

The kittens were discovered in the bottom of a built-in backyard barbecue pit. The pit was only about a foot wide but was three feet down. Volunteers struggled to free the kittens from the pit, which was describes as extremely hot and a very unsafe environment for the fragile animals. After several hours of trying different tools and brainstorming solutions to rescue the kittens, the volunteers were finally able to scoop the kittens up one by one with a pool net.

The mother cat is being sought. Until then, a volunteer kitty foster mom is bottle-feeding the kittens. The kittens will be available for adoption when they’re older.

Feeling the need for a kitten addition to the family? Anthem Pets has over 30 kittens and cats available for adoption now. Visit to see photos and read more about the kitties who need homes.