March 23, 2018
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Foster family takes in newborn kitten rescued by dog

By Terry Karkos, Sun Journal

DIXFIELD, Maine — The newborn kitten rescued from the wild on Wednesday by a Dixfield pooch has been adopted.

Dirigo High School Spanish teacher Heidi Broomhall of Rumford said Friday by email that the journey of the kitten dubbed Tiny didn’t end with her friend, Terri Demmons of Freeport.

Demmons, a veterinarian technician from Freeport who has successfully fostered kittens, answered Broomhall’s frustrated status on Facebook about efforts to save the kitten’s life.

Demmons drove from Freeport to Dixfield Wednesday night to get and feed the kitten, and returned with it to continue caring for it. But a problem developed, Broomhall said.

“Tiny was having trouble nursing from a syringe, so Terri was able to place the kitten with Androscoggin Animal Hospital in Topsham,” she said.

Hospital staff then cared for the kitten to prevent dehydration, and then placed it with the Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick, Broomhall said.

Staff there, in turn, found Tiny a new foster family.

“I just got off the phone with CHS and was informed that the kitten was actually in the facility for a follow-up checkup and he’s doing very well and is expected to survive his little adventure,” Broomhall said.

“So, it takes a village — in this case, many villages — but the kitten is doing well.”

Wednesday afternoon’s rescue began when Sadie, a 2.5-year-old husky-terrier mix owned by Jason Baldinelli, 17, of Kidder Avenue in Dixfield, found the kitten apparently abandoned at its birth site in the woods behind a neighbor’s property.

Sadie picked up the kitten in her mouth and carried it to Baldinelli, gently placing it on his feet.

The surprised teen tried to warm the kitten up, then took it to a neighbor’s, where a call was made to Dirigo High School teacher Athena Sanders of Dixfield. Sanders told them to bring the kitten to her, which Baldinelli’s twin brother, Julian, did.

Sanders kept the kitten warm while she and Broomhall tried unsuccessfully to find help from veterinarians, animal shelters and code enforcement officers. Eventually, Demmons contacted Sanders.


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