It was a normal Saturday, we were in town buying speciality kitten food at Petsmart for our Kitten Cabin. Our sanctuary is 45 minutes away from Bentonville, AR., so it's very good that we picked that day, that morning, to go into town.
We got a call as we were preparing to leave town, from All Pets Animal Hospital (local Bentonville vet). They had a Good Samaritan who brought in a severely ill kitten. This young couple had been driving through the local Sonic restaurant for a shake, when they saw someone else feeding this little starving kitten a tater tot (this would be thrown up shortly after we got there - on us). The clinic knew that we would intervene for a stray, abandoned baby like this.
We got there, and got a first look at Sonic. From his teeth, we could tell he was approximately 4-5 months old, and he weighed a little less than 2 pounds. He was severely anemic, covered in fleas, and had intestinal parasites. aside from the obvious starvation, he was also dangerously dehydrated.
He got vaccines, deworming, flea/tick treatment, Sub-Q fluids, and a calorie paste at the clinic. The vet was very doubtful that Sonic would survive the weekend. We on the other hand, have a different idea when little kittens are given into our care. We believe that they will live, and they will be safe at our sanctuary.
Sonic's visit that day was around $400, and completely drained our General Fund, and was 100% worth it.