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Thanks to help from Cynthia Kung and Second Chance Animal Aid in Shanghai, little Aji is growing and getting ready for his permanent home. (Photo by Cynthia Kung)

Thanks to help from Cynthia Kung and Second Chance Animal Aid in Shanghai, little Aji is growing and getting ready for his permanent home.

Photo by Cynthia Kung

NYC Eartips: Fall/Holiday 2010

NYCFCI Volunteer and Staff Collaborate to Save Kitten in Shanghai

NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) bottle-feeder volunteer Cynthia Kung was living in Shanghai, China, this summer while completing her studies. On her way home one afternoon, she passed a man with a tiny kitten in a glass jar. Despite the language barrier, she was able to persuade the man to give her the kitten. Once back in her dorm, she e-mailed the NYCFCI for help.

The NYCFCI replied to Cynthia with a recipe for homemade kitten formula. Unfortunately, Cynthia could not find the needed supplies in Shanghai. The kitten had to get by on regular cow's milk until a solution was found. The situation was especially urgent, as Cynthia was leaving China in a few days and the kitten would not be allowed out of the country. (He was too young to be vaccinated.)

The NYCFCI arranged for the kitten — now named Aji — to be taken in by a wonderful Shanghai rescue organization called Second Chance Animal Aid. The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals paid for Aji's basic veterinary care.

Lee-Anne Armstrong, Foster Care Director for Second Chance Animal Aid, sent this update on the lucky kitten: "Aji is doing well in the care of a German veterinarian and her staff. I will bring Aji home for some more personalized attention this weekend. Second Chance Animal Aid is happy to be able to help Aji. He is fortunate that someone caring found him, and we will do our best to get him big and strong and find him a good permanent home when he's ready."

View Aji's adoption profile page.