About a week ago, stuntman Jason Mello was working on the set of a television series in New York City. Every time the guy climbed over the fence near the building for takes, he heard a strange cat squeak. He couldn’t figure out where the meowing was coming from, so when he had some free time, he went to check it out.
“It sounded really young and in distress, but I couldn’t pinpoint where it was coming from,” Jason told Love Meow. “As the day went on, the crying got louder and there were a few cries. I looked around in the backyard with the help of Shane Geraghty and Ben Rezendes (from the stunt crew).”
He climbed over the fence and spotted a kitten. It was lying behind a pile of bricks, and struggling to move. The guy was shocked by the sad state of the baby, and couldn’t leave it alone. He took it to the dressing room, where the baby was wrapped in blankets and offered food and water, but it could not eat.
“The kitten was incredibly small, curled up next to some bricks and there was a dead raccoon about a foot from him.I grabbed a plastic bin from my car, and hopped the fence, while Shane and Ben helped me safely get the kitten over the fence and away from the area,” Jason told Love Meow.
The kitten was very weak, so the same day the guy took him to the local Little Wanderers NYC shelter. There, the baby was immediately taken into a holding facility and began to recover. He was dehydrated and also, he was found to have a lot of fleas, and was seriously underweight.
“We kept the kitten warm with some towels and tried to give him some water but he was unable to drink. Word slowly got around set and Rebeccah, a very wonderful props person, was able to facilitate everything for the kitten very quickly.”
The kitten was given the name Sid, and they began to actively treat him – he was given baths, medications, and IV fluids, and was fed by the hour. Within a few days, the kitten was cheerful, starting to gain weight and becoming more active.
“They (also) searched for the cat mom but didn’t find her, and left a note with the neighbors in case anyone spots her,” Dr. Iris V. Hood, a volunteer of Little Wanderers NYC, shared with Love Meow.
Within a week Sid had already made great progress. He played a lot, ran around, and asked for affection. He was even taken care of by the adult cats who live in his foster home. This little guy is bathed in love and care and is happy to thank everyone around him for it.
When Sid is old enough, permanent owners will be found for him. Be happy, little guy!