The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

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July 3, 2014

Ditched kittens need permanent homes

— A few weeks ago, when North Alabama was waterlogged, a woman driving in eastern Limestone County saw someone throw a cloth-wrapped bundle from a truck she was following.

Something seemed wrong about the bundle, so she stopped. There in a rain-swollen, weedy road ditch she found two bedraggled kittens, each about 5 weeks old, abandoned by a thoughtless pet owner.

The motorist went to the home of Joe and Beverly Sparks to ask Beverly to help her catch the kittens. After a bit of coaxing, the women were able to pick them up. 

About a week later, Joe was walking the family dog by the same ditch when he spotted another kitten from the brood.

“It was in some weeds,” Beverly said. “I don’t know how it made it with all the rain and no food or shelter.”

The Sparks decided to keep the kitten, a boy named Buster, for a few weeks but they have since found it a permanent home because they were worried the kittens and their large dog might not mesh.

The other two kittens — a girl named Misty and a boy named Smokey — have been staying with John and Michelle Palatucci of Harvest. But, the Palatuccis have two problems, neither of which is Smokey or Misty.

First, they have to renovate their home before they put it on the market. Although the New Jersey natives love the South, they are planning to move so they can be close to Michelle’s mother.

Second, they have three dogs and one is not well.

They must find a permanent home for the two kittens.

“We would love for them to be adopted together,” Michelle said. “It would break my heart to break them up, they so love each other.”

For the past few weeks, though, the Palatuccis have thoroughly enjoyed how the kittens have brightened their lives.

It was John who first contacted The News Courier about the kittens, not to get rid of them but to publish a strongly worded letter about the “scum of the earth” pet owner whose “lack of humanity” prompted the kittens to be dumped. 

“They play in my shoulder-length hair and they love playing soccer with their little, toy balls with bells in them and the rolled up paper,” Michelle said. “They play hide and seek in their boxes and bags. They chase and pounce on each other. They love toilet paper rolls; they hug them and roll over on them. They also kiss each other for about 60 seconds and then start chasing each other. All in all, they really make you laugh.”

If you would like to adopt the kittens, which are already litter trained and have been seen by a veterinarian, call 256-337-9223.

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