As much as none of us want to believe it, we all know deep down that some people have no respect for animals.
That includes respect for their rights and their lives.
One garbage man, Terry, or @turboterry77, was, unfortunately, able to confirm this when he rescued not one, not two, but three young, defenseless kittens from a trash bag he had already thrown into the trash compactor while he was on his route.
Terry later reported that he had discovered the kittens when he was actually sitting in his driver's seat, and he could hear a strange sound coming from the back.
"It's hard to explain, but it was like a smoke detector if the smoke detector was underwater."
You can watch the first video here:
He went to the back to check and saw one of the trash bags was moving. He ripped it open to discover an orange kitten, who he held close and placed on his front passenger seat of the truck. He then went to the back to see if there were more when he found a solid gray kitten, who he reunited with its sibling.
Returning to the back of the truck again, he could still hear a muffled sound from somewhere, so he proceeded to pull many bags from the back, ripping them open in the street, looking for the kitten. He had nearly reached the bottom before he found the last of three kittens.
After being bathed, all three kittens turned out to be orange and white. Two of them were predominantly orange with white accents, while the third was almost entirely white with a few orange markings. They had been so dirty, the solid gray kitten Terry found was almost all white.
Terry soon posted a follow-up video, which showed three adorable, clean, and bright-eyed kittens, despite the journey they'd gone through. They had already been placed in a foster home where they were receiving lots of love and were already on their way to a healthy, happy life.
The kittens have also been lovingly named Ginger, Cinnamon, and Clover.
You can watch that video here:
Terry later shared one more, longer video in which he explained how he found the kittens and how things were going at their foster home.
In addition to loving foster parents, Ginger, Cinnamon, and Clover had also been taken in by a loving cat mom, who had kittens of her own that were approximately the same age, and she quickly started treating them like her own.
You can watch that video here:
TikTok was immensely grateful for the care Terry showed to Ginger, Cinnamon, and Clover.
Terry expressed how overwhelmed he was by the outpouring of love he had seen, and even monetary donations, which he would be forwarding to the animal rescue in the area.
But Terry also pointed out the hard truth about this situation: Though these kittens received a happy ending, there were likely many kittens, puppies, and other animals who received a much harsher fate, if not ultimately death.
"Unfortunately this happens a lot. Not many times are they heard to be saved."
"Sometimes it's on purpose. Sometimes it’s an accident. Sometimes you’ll just never know what the situation was."
It's heart-wrenching to think of how many animals could have been saved or were thrown away by people who didn't want them.
All we can really do is save the ones we can, care for them and love them, and provide them the medical care they need, including but not limited to shots, good food, and yes, preventative care.