Everyone at the shelter rushed to help the kittens.
“We all went into emergency mode,” Morgan said. “We brought in wet towels, water and milk — anything they might be interested in to get some fluids back into them. Our concern was getting their body temperatures to come down, and we wanted to make sure it came down properly and slowly so it didn’t give them shock.”
Each kitten was wrapped in a wet towel and closely monitored. Thankfully, all nine kittens cooled down — and stabilized.
The shelter itself was actually full, so Morgan arranged for the kittens to go home that night with a foster mom, Jan Wenger.
“I brought them into my home last night when they were scared and dirty, so our first plan of action was to give them a nice bath,” Wenger told The Dodo. “I got them cleaned up, fed them and got them ready for bed.”
Despite everything they’ve been through, the kittens love being around people, Wenger explained.
“This little troupe is extremely friendly,” Wenger said. “Most come running up to you when you go into the room. They love to cuddle.”
The kittens have also gotten names.
“I decided to name them after the ‘Little Rock Nine’ — Ernest, Elizabeth, Jefferson, Terrence, Carlotta, MinniJean, Gloria Ray, Thelma and Melba,” Morgan said. “I will be using color-coded collars so I can tell them apart.”
“We’re really grateful to everyone who’s rallied behind them, because they were really just a few minutes away from expiring, unfortunately, in a very, very excruciating and painful way,” Morgan added. “It really does take a village.”