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Canton sisters found four kittens in Dumpster, brought them to school

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CANTON — Four pairs of blue eyes stole the hearts of Hugh C. Williams High School students Wednesday.

Two sisters, Kaitlyn A. Gilbo, 14, and Mikayla R. Gilbo, 16, brought four tiny black kittens into school with the hope of finding them homes.

Kaitlyn said she and her sister found five kittens in a Dumpster near their aunt’s trailer park in Canton.

“They were shaking, so we got a box to put them in,” she said.

Kaitlyn said the girls found one of the kittens the night before in their aunt’s driveway and decided to keep it.

“We were going to school this morning, drove by the Dumpster and saw the rest of them,” she said. “My sister got out and saw them all shaking, so she grabbed them and we put them in a box.”

Kaitlyn said she and her sister knew their teacher Carol Wright takes care of animals that are brought into school, so they took the three-week-old kittens to her.

“That’s how I adopt all the pets around here,” Ms. Wright said. “Usually it’s a gerbil, guinea pig or turtle, so this is the first time with kittens.”

Ms. Wright teaches several agriculture classes at Canton Central, and one of them is a pre-veterinary science class for ninth- through 12th-graders. She said that class was happy to spend its class time today with the kittens.

“As a class we worked on cleaning them up because they had fleas, and we also got them to drink some milk,” she said. “I told the kids that they’re in charge of the kittens for the day.”

Ms. Wright said that since she teaches the animal science classes, the kittens provided a perfect, hands-on learning experience for her students.

“I’m glad they feel comfortable enough to rescue the kittens and not just turn their heads away to that kind of situation, and also to know enough to alert someone who could help them with the situation,” she said.

Ms. Wright said that she hoped the kittens would be adopted by the end of the day and that a lot of students were making phone calls to parents with the hopes that they’d be able to take one home with them.

The four kittens are available for adoption at the Potsdam Humane Society.


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