On June 2nd, we headed to Seosan City in South Chungcheong Province after receiving a request for aid.
In the corner of a field, there were shabby cages with two dogs tied to ropes inside. A large wash basin larger than the dogs was prominent inside the cage. It was filled with more than 20 days worth of food waste. A foul stench filled the air.
The scene was beyond belief.
The rotten food waste was hardened, inedible, and covered with fungus. The ropes tying the dogs to the rusty old run-down cages were all tangled, and it was as if the dogs were also rotting away and becoming one with the food waste.
A kitten tied to a rope hidden under food waste under the cage almost went unnoticed by our activists who were rescuing the two dogs. The rotten food waste had concealed the kitten, whose fur was a similar color and pattern. Fortunately, it too was liberated from the nightmarish place along with the dogs.
After a check-up, we found out that the kitten was in good health. We named it “Poppy.”
It’s hard to imagine the harsh life this fragile kitten had had to endure in its short life. However, Poppy was strong and had not yet closed off her heart from people.
She doesn’t hiss, and immediately exposes her belly when someone approaches. She can be entertained for hours with just a strand of yarn. Poppy is still a blissfully naive and happy kitten.
How did such a sweet little thing end up under a food-waste-covered cage in a field? We’ll never know.
Poppy has completed all medical treatments and is currently under the temporary care of an individual activist. She is waiting for a permanent family who can give her all the warmth, care, and love that she deserves.