Five kittens stolen from no-kill shelter in Hampton

Image posted on the The Cat Corner Facebook page with information on five kittens the shelter says were taken Dec. 11, 2017.

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A reward up to $1,000 is up for grabs for information about the five kittens reported stolen from a no-kill shelter in Phoebus.

The Cat Corner, Inc., in a Facebost post, said they discovered the kittens were missing on Monday morning. Four of the five kittens taken were female.

“It’s kind of a sick feeling, because we don’t know where they are,” said Tiffany Young, shelter manager. “I don’t think they realize how much we really care about the cats.”

Officers say the suspect(s) entered the shelter, 85 Fulton Street, between 6 p.m. Sunday and 9:30 a.m. Monday morning and took the cats and two cat carriers.

Most of the kittens had pre-adoptions to go to new homes. Young says some of the kittens were to be Christmas gifts.

“We’re going to have a lot of upset families finding out the kitten they thought was going to be a part of their family is gone,” she said.

The Cat Corner and its roughly 30 volunteers care for about 60 cats and foster 80 additional cats. The nonprofit rescues the animals from the streets and high-kill shelters.

Some of the five stolen kittens are in need of special food and medication, Young says.

Young believes the kittens were taken either to be resold or given as Christmas presents. She says the safe return of the kittens would be a Christmas miracle.

“We just want them to come back here and we won’t ask any questions,” said Young. “We just want them back.”

The shelter says it is putting together a fundraiser to raise money in order to increase the reward.