WAITING FOR A HOME: Some of the 80 kittens dumped at Gympie have been taken in by Down Memory Lane op-shop in Buderim and Billie Crundall helps look after them while they are waiting for new homes.
WAITING FOR A HOME: Some of the 80 kittens dumped at Gympie have been taken in by Down Memory Lane op-shop in Buderim and Billie Crundall helps look after them while they are waiting for new homes. John McCutcheon

Buderim op-shop provides lifeline for dumped kittens

FEW people who saw the horrific state of 80 cats dumped emaciated and sick in Gympie could forget the sight.

A photograph of the felines crammed into a cage quickly spread across social media after the cats were discovered abandoned just north of the Coast in mid-November.

Manager of Down Memory Lane op-shop Kay Schafer said her heart went out to the poor animals, and decided to help adopt out five kittens ahead of Christmas.

With the help of volunteer Billie Crundall, Ms Schafer has been caring for the kittens, ensuring their health is improving and preparing them for family adoptions.

"They've been without a mother, so Billie has been the mother cat," she said.

"We've had to bottle feed them, keep them safe, get the checked by the vet and because they're being handled by volunteers, they're very family-friendly."

Ms Crundall, who has been volunteering at the store for six months, said the kittens are "especially sweet".

"They're my passion, and my way of feeling like I'm helping," the 87-year-old said.

For information about the kittens, contact 0401 644 871.

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