It’s clear Bree Taylor is an animal lover.
One day while taking her dog Koda for a long walk in her southeast Queensland, Australia town, she came across quite a surprise.
The duo was walking on Branch Creek Road in Dalby when she heard a small rustling in the field grass nearby. To both her and Koda’s amazement, a troop of tiny kittens came out and headed right toward them.
Obviously shocked, she told the Courier Mail that she had no idea what to do at that moment, especially since she assumed that their mother would be nearby and come to protect her brood.
“Honestly I thought they were little ferals coming out to attack my puppy and sort of stood back ‘cause I thought mumma cat was going to come out.”
But their mother never appeared and both Taylor and her pup let their guards down.
“They came right up, so I sat on the ground and they were purring and really hungry.”
The kittens were happy to be pet and played with and it occurred to Tayor that they had definitely been around humans before and were not accustomed to living in the wild.
“I just couldn’t believe there were ten and I was just more surprised that all they wanted was a cuddle. They were very hungry. I knew they weren’t feral because they weren’t hissing they were meowing and jumping on me. They definitely knew what a human was.”
Now she faced the choice of leaving them or helping them. But as animal lovers know, there’s no real choice here.
As inconvenient as it was, she knew she needed to rescue the kittens before they got harmed out in the wild.
“I was more nervous they were going to get run over by a truck and the fact I couldn’t carry them all.”
She decided it would be best to walk Koda back home and return for the kittens with something to carry them in.
But when she turned around, the kittens followed her!
They chased her for over one and a half miles until one of them – the runt of the litter – couldn’t keep up.
“Because it was so much smaller and it was freezing and it was at least a kilometre back home. It laid down and didn’t want to walk anymore.”
So she picked up the tiny creature, tucked it under her arm, and kept leading her pack home with Koda by her side.
If that wasn’t generous enough, Taylor went the extra mile (no pun intended) and took on the responsibility of rehoming them all by herself.
She wanted to give them the love that the person who dumped them outdoors clearly wasn’t capable of.
“I was disgusted that someone had just dumped them.”
And she wasn’t the only one who supported the kittens. Once she posted her story (and videos) on Facebook, financial support came in from all over to aid her in getting the kittens fed, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and healthy.
She described to Daily Mail the importance of being able to fix stray cats, not just for their own chances of getting adopted, but for the greater good of the entire community.
“If you can’t afford to desex your cat, or look after and find homes for kittens don’t own a cat. Don’t dump them on the road after they are already reliant on humans — it’s cruelty.”
And she noted, correctly:
“They are incredible at reproduction. They have a huge impact on native wildlife in the environment, especially feral cats, which is most likely what these kittens would have turned into.”
After news outlets stepped in to cover the story it didn’t take long for these sweet little fluffballs to find their fur-ever homes.
While Taylor managed to rehome 9 out of the 10 kittens, she couldn’t help but keep one kitten to herself.
Be sure to scroll down to see video from the furry discovery.
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