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Kingsport Animal Shelter in need of adoptions; touts success of 'Avengers' kittens

Jamey Vicars • Jul 7, 2019 at 7:30 AM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Animal Shelter is asking for the public’s help with fostering and adopting cats, kittens and dogs due to overcrowding at the shelter.

The shelter has been having an adoption day every Saturday hosted by local businesses to push the adoption and fostering of its animals. Carolyn Kestner said a foster family cares for the animal, posts it on their social media and brings it to remote adoption events until it gets adopted.

The shelter’s first big success story was a pregnant cat named Marvel, who was fostered by a family and had five kittens named after the Avengers, just in time for the latest movie. This success has led to five more mother cats with kittens being fostered or adopted.

“It was a really good experience for the family, and they’re ready for another one,” said Kestner.

Marvel was dropped off as a pregnant stray with no name a few weeks before the release of “Avengers: Endgame” back in April. Erik and Brittany Wente and their two children fostered Marvel, whose five kittens have all been adopted, except for Steven, aka Captain America, whom the family is keeping.

“A pregnant female cat doesn’t thrive in a shelter environment. Fostering is just something that felt like it was the right thing to do,” said Brittany. “Not only is fostering a great service to your community, but it can also help save a life. Fostering costs nothing, but awards you with an animal’s trust and affection. Adopt, don’t shop, and if you can’t adopt: foster, donate or volunteer.”

The family posted the progress from pregnancy to adoption with photos and videos on social media. All the kittens were adopted from events they were taken to by the Wentes. Marvel is getting spayed and will be fostered by the Wentes until she has found a permanent home. All the kittens are polydactyls, or Hemingway cats, with extra toes.

“At each adoption event, one kitten would find their forever home,” said Brittany. “She was due right at the time the movie was going to come out. We thought that would generate some interest with the Marvel fans and what have you. The one we kept we named Steven, and our kids like to argue about whether he’s named after Captain America or Doctor Strange.”

“We love this success story and are in desperate need of more fosters for both cats and dogs,” said Kestner.

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