When Robert Brantley stopped to rescue a kitten along the way, he didn’t expect 12 more to turn up. When he posted the video of the adorable ambush, he got another surprise with all the attention he received.
Brantley is a professional marksman who was on his way to the shooting range when he stopped to rescue a stray kitten on the road. As the Northeast Louisiana man picked him up, three more emerged from the tall grass and he was soon ambushed by a total of 13, including the one who had stopped.
Brantley recorded the interaction, capturing the moment all the kittens surrounded him in the now viral video.
At this time, all but five of the 13 kittens have been adopted and all received medical attention from the vet, who said they were in exceptional shape considering they had been abandoned.
Brantley thinks he stopped right behind whoever had dropped them off. He remembers seeing a car pull over to the side of the road and drive away shortly after he arrived.
The kittens are in good hands and Brantley is making sure they go to good homes.
Amazon packages are being shipped from everywhere as Brantley’s wife, Courtney, had created a wish list to help with things the kitties might need.
“They’re playing, we have all kinds of toys for them and they’ve taken over the house,” laughed Brantley. “Today, I think we saw 35 Amazon packages arrive for these cats.”
With so many items arriving, the Brantleys have been sending “goodie bags” along with the kittens that have been adopted.
In addition to donations from Amazon, they have also been receiving money from people far and wide and plan to use it to help with medical care for the remaining kittens and would like to give the rest to a local animal shelter.
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“It’s amazing that not only did people see it at the beginning, but that they took the time to reach out and thank me and all that, but there’s no need to thank me. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t have done that, I don’t know who I might leave them or let them go after seeing them,” Brantley said.
Brantley and his wife plan to keep two of the kittens, possibly three, and are still looking for good homes for the rest.
“Just the amount of support is mind-boggling and I want people to take credit for that and I’m pretty blown away by it all,” Brantley said.
To keep up with Brantley and the kittens’ journey, check out his Facebook and Instagram page.
Meredith G. White is the arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times. You can find her on Facebook as Meredith G. White, on Instagram and Twitter as @meredithgwhite and email her at email@example.com.