But, after a few days, they turned a corner – and Vanessa volunteered to foster the duo at home to give them the very best shot at a healthy, happy life.
She said: “They started picking up hand over fist, they were absolutely amazing – so cuddly and loving. They really thrived in a warm, home environment.”
Mac and Cheese made firm friends with Vanessa’s 10-year-old Labrador, Rosie, and nine-year-old rescue lurcher, Gypsy.
“They would cuddle up with the dogs,” she explained. “It helped them. They really loved having that animal interaction and socialisation.”
When the siblings were strong enough, they had the surgery they needed to remove their damaged eyes, which could not be saved.
The operation – known as an enucleation – went well for both of them, and they soon bounced back.