Beata Liebetruth, former animal help desk manager at the Nevada Humane Society (NHS), was out on her normal evening stroll with her rescue dog, Loki, when Loki spotted something amiss at a vacant lot overgrown with weeds.

Loki refused to budge, sniffing around the property’s fence. According to a NHS blog post, Liebetruth knelt down next to Loki to see what all the fuss was about. To her surprise, she saw a small animal carrier sitting just beyond the high chain-link fence.

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She searched for a stick to move the carrier, and when she inched it closer to them a “soft meow” escaped from the inside.

Liebetruth was unable to move the carrier any closer, and so she flagged down a pickup truck for help. It turned out that the driver had a kind heart, too.

He agreed to help Liebetruth even though he was on his way to an appointment, Bonney Brown reports via NHS. The man climbed over the fence to fetch the carrier. Liebetruth peeked inside the small carrier and found not one, but three cats stuffed inside – a mother and her two kittens. The truck driver allowed her to use his phone to notify animal services before he went back on his way.

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Liebetruth and Loki resumed their route and walked two miles back to their home with the carrier in hand. Once they returned, Libetruth placed the cats into a dog crate to keep them safe and offered them food, which they ate up quickly.

Her neighbors stopped by to say “hello,” and after hearing the rescue story, they decided to adopt one of the kittens “on the spot.”

The other two cats – mother, Lily, and her remaining kitten, Lillian – eventually went to the NHS, where they have recently been “spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and … made available for adoption,” reports Life with Cats.

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While there might be anger at the individual who abandoned these kittens, kindness, not cruelty, has won in this case. Thanks to Loki’s persistence and the kind hearts of Liebetruth and the pickup truck driver, these three lives were saved.

As Liebetruth said, quoting Mr. Rogers, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

And indeed, we always will.

If you are interested in adopting Lillian or Lily, please contact the Nevada Humane Society here.

Image source: Life with Cats