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Kitty cam zooms in on another litter

These seven little charmers have been stealing hearts on the kitty cam since the middle of July. The kittens and their mother, a two-year-old, now spayed, cat named Firefly will be up for adoption through the Patti Dale Animal Shelter soon. - Shelley ROCHE/submitted photo
These seven little charmers have been stealing hearts on the kitty cam since the middle of July. The kittens and their mother, a two-year-old, now spayed, cat named Firefly will be up for adoption through the Patti Dale Animal Shelter soon.
— image credit: Shelley ROCHE/submitted photo

Patti Dale Animal Shelter volunteer Shelley Roche introduced her Langley kitty cam to the virtual world with Petunia the young mom and her adorable six babies earlier this year.

She let the world watch the crazy and adorable antics of tiny kittens 24/7 while she fostered them until they were ready for adoption. Her kitten cam (found at “tiny kittens” Facebook page) received more than a million views from all over the world. All the kittens and mom Petunia were successfully adopted out to their forever homes.

As a volunteer foster mom for LAPS, Roche got a call again in July to take in a very pregnant young cat found wandering around a neighbourhood.

The kitty cam was set up again and on July 15, viewers could see seven babies born. Since then, the fluff balls have been playing, sleeping and nursing on the public stage. The popular cam at tinykittens.com has again had one million views. Firefly and her babies will be available for adoption starting next week.

As an incentive to get these kittens and mom to their forever home, Mountain View Veterinary Hospital has offered to donate four free vet appointments to the shelter if Firefly and her babies spend fewer than four nights total in the shelter waiting for adoption.

A kitty cam fan in Florida heard Roche talking about Firefly’s broken tooth and sent money to pay for the X-ray and surgery to have it fixed.

Firefly was spayed on Monday. The surgery went live.

She is about two years old and is very affectionate, so she was almost certainly someone’s pet at one time, said Roche.

“Pregnant moms are often abandoned, and we also see many cats left behind when their owners move. She hasn’t showed any interest in going outside ... so it seems unlikely she would have run away on her own.”

Mountain View’s Dr. Renee Ferguson has given up her lunch hours to come out to Roche’s house and do checkups live on the cam to help educate people and answer viewer questions. She has donated all of the deworming, flea treatment and vaccines. She is extremely generous with her time and services, said Roche.

Fans have been flooding her with requests to ask the kittens adopters to start Facebook pages for each of them so they can see how they are doing.

“We’re almost at a million views again, 37,000 likes on Facebook and 30,000 followers on Twitter. They are much beloved around the world.”

If you want to inquire about adopting these kittens, call or go to the Patti Dale animal shelter at 26220 56 Ave. or call 604-857-5055.

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