A wee hand­ful of cute in a one­sie

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - TIM MARTAIN

IS any­thing more heart­warm­ing than a lit­ter of kit­tens?

How about a lit­ter of res­cued or­phan kit­tens reared by vol­un­teers and wear­ing do­nated one­sies knit­ted and cro­cheted by the pub­lic.

If that isn’t sweet enough to trig­ger early on­set di­a­betes, noth­ing is. It is also com­pletely true.

Neona­tal Kit­ten Res­cue Ho­bart has been sav­ing the lives of res­cued kit­tens for a year and when they put out a call on their Face­book page for vol­un­teers to knit and cro­chet kit­ten-size one­sies for their res­cued an­i­mals, the re­sponse was over­whelm­ing.

“We put the pat­tern up on­line for peo­ple to see, and asked if any­one would be able to make some for us,” res­cue cen­tre co-di­rec­tor Tr­ish Bone says. “And we got such a lovely re­sponse, peo­ple started knit­ting and cro­chet­ing and putting them in the mail — it truly takes a com­mu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence and we’ve seen that.”

The vol­un­teer group spe­cialises in car­ing for “neona­tal” res­cue kit­tens aged from birth to four weeks old.

“They come to us for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons,” Bone says. “They might have been found aban­doned or their mother might have been hit by a car, and when they reach us they are of­ten ill or fad­ing, so it is very re­ward­ing to be able to care for them and help them sur­vive.”

For in­for­ma­tion visit neonatalki­t­ten­res­cue.com or www. face­book. com/ bot­tle­ba­biesofNKRH

Pic­ture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES

HEART­WARM­ING: Pre­ma­ture kit­ten Ghost is 200g at 3 weeks old and is be­ing cared for by a vol­un­teer from Neona­tal Kit­ten Res­cue Ho­bart, which hopes to find peo­ple who can knit or cro­chet one­sies for the or­phan kit­tens.

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