Just two days before Thanksgiving, John Mevi awoke to find five hungry, flea-ridden kittens abandoned in a urine soaked box in his yard in Lakeside. Mevi who had adopted pets from Helen Woodward Animal Center in the past, called the center for help. The kittens, who are now about 10 weeks old, have recovered from their ordeal and are ready to find their forever families. In honor of Mevi and his good deed, the kittens have been named after the virtues of the holiday season — Faith, Hope, Joy, Love (or charity) and Peace.
“First, I was shocked,” said Mevi of finding five kittens in a ratty box at the end of his long driveway. “Second, I thought how cute they were and third, I knew that if my daughter saw them, she would think Santa had come a little early and would want to keep them, so I took them to Helen Woodward Animal Center where I knew they would be able to find homes.”
Mevi doesn’t hold it against the people who abandoned the kittens, “In this economy, people just don’t know what to do. I am glad they left the kittens at my house and we were able to do the right thing.”
Four of the kittens, three males and one female, are grey with big green eyes, while one lone female is black with green eyes and a white tuft of fur on its chin. They are sweet and playful and ready to find their forever homes this holiday season.
The kittens will be part of the Iams Home for the Holidays campaign which has found homes for 6 million pets since it began at Helen Woodward Animal Center in 1999. This year 3,800 animal organizations are participating worldwide and the goal is to find homes for 1.5 million pets this holiday season.
For more information or to adopt these kittens, visit
, call 858-756-4117 or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.