It was a normal day at House of Blues Dallas for Clint Phillips until the trash lining the back of the building started meowing. A quick search proved nothing, so he radioed for backup from fellow employees Hilary Schubert and Denver Leonard.
Ten minutes later, Denver opened a large, recycling receptacle, which revealed three wee-bitty, baby cats, who were screaming for help. Since Denver is a cool dude with a history in animal welfare, he called for assistance from local rescue volunteers — one of whom was yet another HoB employee, Russell Turns, who wasn’t scheduled to work for a few more hours. Russell ran to a local feed store, obtained: formula, bottles, and kitten supplies, and then drove to the venue right away.
But what to do about these felines without backstage passes? The staff was booked solid with shows in both main rooms, so another rescue volunteer arrived to network, take photos, and play kitten nanny while everybody figured out a plan and finished load-in.
Everybody staggered breaks and meal periods to bottle feed, make calls, answer texts, post photos, and ensure the unexpected VIPs were safe and happy. Before long, the original post reached over seventy social media shares for the kittens Clint named Manny, Moe, and Jack, and Mark Cooper with Operation Kindness received word. Russell, who has past experience bottle-feeding young kittens, agreed to care for the kitties overnight (with the help of his gal Sweetie the Incredible, of course) and deliver them to Mark at the rescue facility the following day. Lots of win all around.
Because of the super-compassionate staff at House of Blues Dallas and the fast cooperation of Operation Kindness, these three once-discarded kittens will now find great homes. Community: This is how we do it. Rock hands.
Operation Kindness will need a hand with the formula, kitten food, medical care, adoptions, etc. Be sure to check them out: http://www.operationkindness.org/opk/
Animals are never trash. Show a bit of love however you can. That is the great reward.