BLASDELL, N.Y. (WKBW) - Five kittens survived hours under the sun, stuffed inside a 5-by-12 duffel bag, left without water or food on the doorstep of Ten Lives Club, Saturday morning.
The organization is a cat adoption group that helps find homes for around 1,600 cats a year.
"They were covered in fleas, feces, and urine," said Stephanie Stamoolis, a Ten Lives Club employee. "It was a very hot morning; they were dehydrated."
The kittens were abandoned when the non-profit organization was closed. Stamoolis said they could've been in the tight space for as long as 12 hours.
"We go through tons of emotions everyday," said Stamoolis. "We're ecstatic when cats get adopted... heartbroken when things like this happen."
Another employee who showed up early to work around 7 a.m. found the cats. According to Ten Lives Club, the kittens, who seem to be 10-weeks-old, ran to bowls of food and water, eating and drinking as much as possible.
It's the fourth time in two years people have anonymously left cats outside of this property.
"I think a lot of times people get overwhelmed and they don't know what to do," said Stamoolis. "We encourage people to give us a call and talk to us."
The organization says the approximate cost to take care of the kittens is $900.
"They're going to need vaccinations, they're going to need spaying or neutering," said Stamoolis. "They've already had flea medications applied."
They are also trying to raise money for surveillance cameras, so that kittens don't have to suffer at a doorstep any longer.
If you happen to have camera equipment, or surveillance equipment that could be donated or sold to the non-profit organization for a lower cost, you can reach them at their website by clicking here.
They also accept financial donations on their webpage, here. You can also call them at 646-5577, or contact them through their Facebook page.
If you prefer to mail money, you can do so via this address: