December 23, 2004
Eleven kittens rescued from a Mesa woman’s ammoniafilled apartment last month have been nursed back to health and are ready for adoption.
The calico, black and tabby kittens came to the Arizona Animal Welfare League with upper respiratory infections, ear mites, eye infections and ringworm after they, and nearly 70 other cats and dogs, were taken from the small, two bedroom apartment on Nov. 9.
"Every one of the kittens came to us sick, some worse than others," said Betty Welton, president of the no-kill shelter.
One of the kittens, named Josephine, had to have an eye removed.
The kittens, 12 to 14 weeks old, were treated by veterinarians and placed in foster homes while they recovered over the past month.
The cats’ previous owner, Kendall Leebelt, 36, signed over the cats to the no-kill shelter in the hopes all would be adopted..
To adopt a cat, visit the Arizona Animal Welfare League, 30 North 40th Place, Phoenix, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Adoption costs $90, which includes shots, spaying and neutering and the implanting of a tracking microchip.
For more information, visit www.aawl.org or call (602) 273-6852.