Box of newborn kittens rescued near dumpster

Posted at 1:01 PM, Apr 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 02:09:34-04

The Arizona Humane Society says over the last week a box of newborn kittens was found by a dumpster in north Phoenix.

The kittens were so young that they still had their umbilical cords attached, and were left without food or water. 

Luckily, a Good Samaritan heard the kittens and checked the box. Eventually the kittens were taken to the humane society, and at 12-days-old they're now in a foster home in good condition.

The humane society says in less than a week they've taken in over 136 kittens without mothers, and shelters are starting to get overwhelmed. Spring and summer are generally the busiest time of year, and the shelter expects to be at or near capacity through September.

The kittens will stay in the foster home until they're about eight weeks old. Anyone interested in adopting one of the kittens can call 602-997-7585.

Anyone interested in helping foster baby kittens is welcome to attend a bottle baby forum on April 21, at the Arizona Humane Society's Sunnyslope campus.