By Starrla Cray
DELANO, MN “Who will rescue me?”
Two stray black kittens near Davidson Road (just off Wright County Road 30) in Delano might have been wondering this the last week in August.
Their answer came a few days later, from Terrye Fowler and her roommate, Donna Magnan.
“We were out talking to neighbors,” Fowler said. “One neighbor happened to mention that they saw two kittens while they were out walking their dogs.”
Fowler and Magnan found one of the kittens, and took it home to feed it.
“It had lost so much weight, yet was still very loving, sociable, and appreciative of our care,” Fowler noted.
She and Magnan thought about keeping the kitten, but decided it might be better off in another home.
“We have two cats already, and we’re not home often enough to take care of more pets,” Fowler said.
They checked to see if anyone was interested in adopting it, but were unsuccessful.
“We were aware there was a sibling, and spent hours looking for her on Saturday night and early Sunday morning,” Fowler said.
Unable to find the sister, Fowler decided to take the first kitten to the Animal Humane Society in Buffalo.
“As I was going to drop it off at the shelter, I thought I’d check one more time,” she said.
When Fowler approached the area where the first kitten was found, she saw the second kitten sitting on the road. However, it got scared when she left her vehicle, and it ran away.
“I got on my hands and knees and started crawling around near the cornfield meowing,” Fowler said. “Then, it came right to me.”
With both kittens in tow, Fowler drove home and gave the kitten a meal.
“It was very dehydrated and very hungry,” she said, adding that she’s not sure how much longer it would have survived if she hadn’t found it.
Fowler later brought both kittens to the humane society, in hopes that the kittens would find a happy home.
“I can’t believe how attached I got in such a short amount of time,” she said. “I did not want to let them go.”
However, the workers at the Animal Humane Society in Buffalo were helpful and reassuring, Fowler said.
“We gave them some money to help with their care,” Fowler added.
At the shelter, the kittens were named Lulu and Layla, and their photos were posted on the humane society’s website.
Last week, Layla already had a family on hold, waiting to adopt her.
“The adoption rate is pretty high for kittens,” said Tracie Popma, public affairs manager for the Animal Humane Society.
Stray animals are on hold for five days after they are brought into the shelter, in case the original owner comes back to claim them.
It is usually unknown if strays are lost or abandoned, according to Popma.
In the future, Fowler said she hopes people will take their unwanted pets to the shelter, instead of dropping them off on the side of the road.
“The pets don’t know what they’ve done wrong, and they think that their owner will come back and pick them up,” she said.
According to Popma, pets’ reactions to abandonment vary, depending on their personality.
“Some may stay in the spot due to fear; some may try to find their way home, and others may wander,” she noted.
In the past year and a half, the Animal Humane Society which has locations in Buffalo, Golden Valley, Coon Rapids, St. Paul, and Woodbury has taken in 27,446 companion animals. Of that number, 14,978 were feline. About a fifth of the animals were strays.
Last year, moving was the biggest reason people gave for turning in a pet to the humane society, Popma said.
Other common reasons were allergies and domestic/financial issues.
The Animal Humane Society website, www.animalhumanesociety.org, provides resources for struggling pet owners. The information can be found by hovering over “services” and clicking on “help with your pet.”
The society is an open admissions shelter, which accepts pets for any reason. People who need to surrender an animal to the Animal Humane Society are asked to make an appointment by calling (763) 412-4969.