Three kittens had a lucky escape this week, when they were found in a rubbish skip.

The refuse company staff had collected the skip from Donegal Town and driven to Glenties before realising they had four stowaways inside the skip.

Sadly one of the kittens had her head wedged between two pipes which had fractured her skull and she could not be saved.  However, the three surviving kittens are doing well in their Animals In Need (AIN) foster home.  How they ended up in the skip remains a mystery.

Thank you to the bin men who found them and to the kind lady who brought them to the vets, who took them all in at midnight.

The search was on for Sky's kittens

There was also a major search after Sky, a skinny, female stray white cat was handed in.  Her fosterer noticed that she was lactating and the race was on to find her missing kittens.

Sky was returned to where she had been found and eventually led the volunteers to a newly boarded up house where one very hungry kitten was found.

The mother cat then ran away but the kitten was caught and bottle-fed.  Mother and kitten were later reunited but the kitten was no longer interested and as she is 5 weeks old she was able to eat solid food.

Out of the blue, a week later, the helpline received a call from a woman who had found 3 kittens in the same area and lo and behold, they were the image of Sky.

Now all four kittens and mum cat are safely in the cattery and will be rehomed when they are old enough.

Collie Tia gave birth to 6 healthy pups

Two kittens were found in car engines this week in separate incidents, so please remember to check your car engine before setting off.  Just a couple of loud taps on the bonnet should be enough to alert a sleeping kitten and give them the chance to escape.

Grey kitten McVitie was rescued from a car engine and was also found to have a nasty abscess on his throat from a dog bite.

Once cleaned, the puncture wound was so large that his trachea was visible.  Luckily after veterinary treatment and plenty of TLC from his fosterer, the wound has almost closed. The good news is that McVitie has been offered his forever home once he has healed completely.

Little ginger kitten Sparrow, who was found in a terrible state outside the Pulse nightclub in Letterkenny a few weeks ago, is also doing well after surgery to remove his ruptured eye.  He has had the stitches out and is ready to start a new chapter in his life. A friend of his fantastic rescuer, Aislinn, fell in love with him and has offered him a home.

One of AIN's dog fosterers has a major challenge ahead of her after she collected a van load of dogs from the Letterkenny Pound this week, including eight feral collies.  Four of the dogs are adults and four are still pups under a year old.  The dogs are totally unsocialised and are terrified of humans meaning it will be a major feat to transform these dogs into well balanced pets but if anyone can do it, it will be AIN's Anne.

On top of all these Pound dogs, AIN took in five dogs surrendered by their owners.

There were more new arrivals when Tia, a skinny pregnant collie rescued last week, gave birth to 6 healthy pups on Friday morning.  Mum and her three girls and three boys are all doing well.

Finally, AIN are launching their summer draw.  There are some great prizes on offer including hampers, cattery boarding, gym vouchers and garden centre vouchers.  If you could help AIN's animals by selling lines, please message AIN's Facebook page.  As always, every cent raised will directly help cats like the 'Skip Kittens' and Sparrow, and dogs like Tia and her pups.

Thank you to every one who donated prizes and to all who support AIN in so many ways.

To help AIN’s animals, please donate €2 to AIN’s ‘Help Us To Help Them’ fundraising appeal via your phone by texting the word ‘KITTEN’ to 50300. Every last cent goes directly to the rescued animals for their food, bedding, vet bills, worming treatment and vaccinations.

For further information on adoption, fostering, volunteering etc, please contact the main helpline on 087 1356188. For cat/kitten enquiries please call 087 7644420. Animals In Need Donegal is also on Facebook and has a website at http://www.animalsinneeddonegal.com.

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