Santa Fe Springs
Cindy, a mother cat, took a bullet in the head while nursing her kittens. But in spite of being in a critical condition, the cat was found hovering protectively over her kittens when she could have abandoned them to save her life.
According to Daily Mail, she was found with her new born kittens in Sant Fe, California, after they were shot at.
Although her life was in danger, she was unwilling to leave her kittens. Staff of the Helen Woodward Animal Center had to gently force her to leave her kittens. They took her away from them for lifesaving treatment.
The Del Mar Times reports that a veterinarian performed surgery to remove the bullet and now Cindy is recovering and nursing her kittens again.
According to The Huffington Post, the staff learned that someone with a BB gun had shot at the cat and her kittens, but the protective mother took the bullet.
Dr Oba told The Del Mar Times: "Mommy and baby kitties are all doing fine, but it was touch and go when they first arrived. They were all very tiny, malnourished, unvaccinated and very scared. It took a gentle hand to pull that Momma away from her babies."
The Del Mar Times reports that Customer Service Lead Shannon Bush said: “I like to think every mother would do the same. She certainly is a role model to mothers everywhere.”
Cindy and her kittens are recovering and will be available for adoption at the Helen Woodward Animal Center.
Cindy's story is similar to that of Calico, a mother cat who, in 1996, raced into a burning building in Brooklyn to rescue her kittens, The Huffington Post reports.
The Del Mar Times: If you would like to adopt one of these rescues, please contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 313, visit www.animalcenter.org or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.