Saturday, January 25th 2020, 5:45 pm - The trio -- all males -- have since been successfully rehomed.
Three kittens trapped amid freezing temperatures in Alberta have new homes after being rescued, thanks to the creative use of coffee.
Kendall Diwish, an oil patch worker in Alberta's Drayton Valley, found the trio Wednesday morning, apparently abandoned, while checking on one of his wells. After trying to dislodge them from the ice by hand, he doubled back to his truck and used some warm coffee to thaw them enough to be freed.
"Poor things were frozen into the ice so they had to have been there all night. Took them home, fed and watered them they look to be healthy and friendly," Diwish said on Facebook.
He later updated his post to reflect the fact that all three had been rapidly rehomed by the same family.
"All three little rascals went to their new home today where they get to be together instead of separating them. All three are eating and drinking and very energetic," he wrote.
The Alberta SPCA says a person who abandons an animal can face charges, though it does not have an investigation into this particular incident since it has not received a complaint. Spokesman Dan Kobe told CTV Edmonton animal shelters are often full, and cannot take surrendered animals until a space opens up, meaning people who intend to give up their pet should expect a wait time of days or weeks.
"Unfortunately, there is an over-population of cats in Alberta and many people treat them as disposable," Kobe told the broadcaster. "This incident should serve as a reminder to everyone about the importance of getting pets spayed or neutered."
He said anyone who wants to surrender a pet should expect the process to take days or weeks, not hours.
"Animal shelters are often at capacity and owners may have to wait for space to open up before the animal(s) can be accepted."