Cranberry, Pumpkin and Pilgrim are almost ready to adopt, county officials say

OCALA — The lives of three kittens, dropped off at the Ocala Police Department last month by two people who rescued them, has dramatically improved since they were picked up by county animal officials.

Brandon Kalloo, a Marion County spokesman, told the Star-Banner that the kittens are “doing very well,” and have adopted “playful personalities.”

Kalloo added that the kittens “seem eager to explore.”

On Oct. 23, neighbors Javon McCants and Lois Myers took the three kittens — now named Cranberry, Pumpkin and Pilgrim by county officials because of the upcoming holidays — to the OPD’s lobby at 402 S. Pine Ave.

At the time, McCants and Myers, who brought the kittens in a cage, told the Star-Banner that the kittens were strays and the mother had disappeared. Neighbors feared the kittens would be attacked by dogs.

Told about their progress, Myers and McCants said they’re happy the kittens are doing well and glad they played a part in their survival. They both said while they don’t want to adopt any of the kittens, their wish is whoever gets them will take care of them.

“I just want them to have a good home,” Myers said.

Kalloo said the kittens will soon be ready to go home to someone.

“They should be adoption ready in about three weeks,” he said. “We hope to match them with permanent families as soon as possible.”

In the meantime, the kittens are being loved and fed by the county’s foster care program, whose volunteers and county officials take time out to nurture animals such as kittens to good health until they’re ready for adoption.

Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, austin.miller@starbanner.com or @almillerosb.