As I spoke to the people involved in the following rescue of two kittens, it became clear once again that when folks ban together, the lives of helpless animals can be saved.
As the clock struck midnight at Election Day's tail's end, Holly Weingart, a dispatcher for the Southold Police Department, along with her husband, Bryan Weingart, heard a small cry for help. They found a tiny ball of fur — a female kitten — looking around helplessly, which they quickly scooped up and brought inside.
Mrs. Weingart nursed the two-week-old kitten with a Vizine bottle that she had emptied, sterilized, and filled with warm milk. The kitten was kept safe and warm until the couple was able to bring her the following day to the , where shelter employee Mary Johnson volunteered to take her home as a foster kitten.
Then on Thanksgiving Eve, the Weingart's heard another distressed meow and found another kitten that they recognized as being a sibling of the one they had previously found. They cared for the second little one for a couple of days until the shelter reopened that Friday.
Reunited in their warm and loving foster home with Johnson, Olivia and Oliver have been vet checked and they are as healthy as they are cute.
"They're growing beautifully, as their little Christmas tree tails are now becoming longer," said Johnson.
Now 8-weeks-old, the two siblings will soon head back to the Town of Southold Animal Shelter after they're spayed and neutered.
Olivia and Oliver will be placed up for adoption soon after we ring in the New Year.