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Rescue pets: The 100g ball of fur

KATIE JONES
Last updated 05:00 06/05/2013
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SMALL FRY: Archer was the smallest kitten Katie Jones had ever seen in the vet clinic.

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Vet clinics often become a drop-off point for found or lost animals. Working as a vet nurse, you see many of these creatures, mainly pigeons, wandering dogs, hedgehogs, and occasionally a kitten so small they fit in the palm of your hand.

When these animals come in, they are treated, then handed to the SPCA or bird rehab centre so they can do their magic.

On December 27, 2012 the tiniest kitten I had ever seen was brought into the clinic. It had been found on the pavement on a busy street.

He weighed around 100 grams and would have been only a day or two old.

Despite having a New Years holiday booked, I decided that I would look after this kitten, "just for a week or so", or at least, that's what I told my boyfriend. Little did he know that he would end up helping me feed this mewling ball of fur every three hours for weeks to come!

Now, 16 months on, we have a cat which is part of our family.

Having had depression for more than half my life, I cannot imagine my life without animals. The bond you have with them, and the love they give you (Archer often shows his love with a playful nip on the ankles!) is immeasurable. I know I've smiled more since he's been around.

So even though I "saved" Archer, coming home to him every day is so rewarding.

We are buying a house next summer, and two things on the top of my "must have" list, are a spare room for fostering kittens (always best to have dedicated space for the little monkeys) and a backyard so we adopt/save a pound puppy or an SPCA special.

If you have the time and the love, they can change your life. It can only get better.


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