By Madi Bendistis
Elm Staff Writer
The last edition of The Elm this semester calls for a special occasion: two pets of the week, 4-month-old kittens Kira and Karma. Kira has orange fur, while Karma’s fur is gray.
Karma and Kira first met when they were in foster care together for medical reasons.
According to Adoption Services Manager Britney Fox, Karma had a lip injury when she came in, which prevented her from eating.
“Holly, who is one of our part-time animal care technicians, took Karma home because she also works for Eastern Shore Animal Hospital,” Fox said. “So she took Karma first and then a few days later little orange Kira came in.”
Karma’s lip infection was able to be treated. Kira’s injury, however, was more long-lasting.
“Kira’s front right leg was really injured. It couldn’t grow and it was malformed, so they ended up needing to amputate her leg,” she said.
Despite missing a leg, Kira is able to get around just fine. While these kittens recovered together, they quickly became friends.
“Up until about two weeks ago when Holly brought them back in, Kira and Karma were living together at Holly’s house. They are so bonded and so in love with each other,” Fox said. “We would love for them to get adopted together. It’s not necessary but I’d love to see that happen.”
Both kittens get along well with other cats and since they are both young, they can be socialized with dogs.
“Kira especially would do better in a home with another cat that could give her some extra help,” she said.
Kira and Karma may have both gotten rough starts, but they are still playful kittens eager for a fun life. The staff is hopeful that this cute duo will not need to remain in the shelter for much longer.
If anyone in the Chestertown community, WC faculty and staff members, or even students with families are interested in rescuing Kira and Karma, please contact the Humane Society of Kent County at 410-778-3648 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.