Jingle, the Christmas kitten, is getting a second chance at life thanks to round-the-clock care from a LAPS staff member who took the tiny, sick cat into her home over the holiday after being found nearly freezing to death in a Langley parking lot on Dec. 14.
“This poor little kitten was brought to us after being found by a very kind person who saw her dragging herself across a parking lot in Langley, in the freezing cold,” says the LAPS Facebook post about Jingle.
“Jingle is in very poor condition … as you can imagine. Living outside in this weather would be incredibly difficult for anyone, especially if you are a tiny seven week old kitten, all alone.”
Jingle came in very cold, starving, matted, and very sick,” said LAPS acting executive director Jayne Nelson. Jingle arrived to the shelter weighing only 470 grams.
“She is still fighting for her life, and will spend some time under the close supervision of amazing staffer Amy.”
Jingle was most likely born to a homeless cat, and lived her first seven weeks of life outside in this extremely cold winter weather.
When she first got to LAPS she was wrapped in a blanket and heat pad, with food, water, and a litter box.
Nelson said Jingle has made significant improvement over the nearly two weeks she has been in LAPS care.
“Jingle now weighs over 700 grams,” she said.
Jingle is able to open her eyes a lot better, and is on her way to recovery.
But she still has a lot of hard work ahead of her, fighting off the dreaded ringworm that usually accompanies homeless kittens.
LAPS would like to send a huge thank-you to everyone who has donated to Jingle’s medical fund so far.
“You have helped give this kitten the best Christmas gift of all: a second chance,” said Nelson.
Sadly, there are so many other cats and kittens that have come in with similar stories, and similar medical bills. This Christmas, LAPS along with the Township Firefighters Charities Society put out a calendar of LAPS kittens and dogs posed with firefighters. Partial proceeds go to LAPS and can be bought at the Murrayville Fire Hall and Patti Dale Animal Shelter.
If you’d like to be a part of Jingle’s second chance, please donate here.