On Friday (9/27/13), we got an urgent plea from Oran M. Roberts Elementary School.
Fourth graders found a male kitten in one of the playground trash cans. They called the assistant principal. There was indeed a kitten almost completely submerged in water. The only thing above water was his little nose and one paw. They pulled him from the trash. The stench led them to believe that he had been in there for a while. (Subsequently, a janitor reported for two days he heard a kitten crying but could not locate it.)
The rescuers dried him off, and one of the coaches set him up with a heater to warm him up. A thoughtful parent (who is highly allergic to cats) bundled him up and rushed him to the shelter.
An emergency vet visit determined he was in fact hypothermic, dehydrated and in critical condition from submersion. Right now Aquarius is resting on a heating pad, getting fluids, antibiotics and syringe feedings.
While he is in critical condition, we are trying our best to give this little cat a chance. He has a group of fourth graders who are truly his Guardian Angels, but he could use more Guardian Angel support while he is healing.