It’s been a sweltering, miserable, dangerously hot summer in North Carolina. But dogs chained or penned outdoors can’t escape the heat, so PETA’s fieldworkers can’t, either—no matter the extreme temperatures, this dedicated team has been on the ground every day, making sure “backyard animals” in their service area have access to water, shelter, and shade. On a recent scorching day—July 11—they would have loved to hit up the closest convenience store for a certain sweet, frozen beverage. But before they could make that pit stop, duty called—a tiny white kitten at a hoarding compound desperately needed their assistance.
Slurpee, as he was quickly dubbed, was in poor shape—infested with fleas and ear mites, anemic, malnourished, and petrified. Having been warehoused alongside so many other sick animals, with a caretaker putting in only rare appearances, young Slurpee was well-versed in the social customs of cats—humans, not so much. But a PETA employee with cats at home knew that—in addition to veterinary care and a good meal—confident feline foster siblings were exactly what Slurpee needed to thrive.
And thrive he has! Slurpee took immediately to his fluffy foster brother, spending his days cuddling, wrestling, and generally being the older cat’s trusty shadow. His round, inquisitive eyes and playful kitten nature make him irresistible—to humans and other cats, apparently.
Eleven-week-old Slurpee loves the company of other felines. He’s still a little shy and unsure of new people, but he’s making significant progress. He just needs a kind, patient family—including a friendly cat or two—to help him gain confidence. Before you know it, he’ll be as chill as the slushy beverage he’s named after.
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