Daily Photo: Four Thankful Kittens

four tabby kittens
Four thankful kittens!

They may be in a litterbox, and they may not think they are in a good place right now, but these four “hissy kittens” were saved from euthanasia by the rescue group I work with. I picked them up at the shelter yesterday and transported them to their foster home.

Open door shelters have limits on the number of animals they can take in, and if they are full and an animal is acting out and needs socialization, they often don’t have the means to handle that. Many now have foster programs, but with the number of cats, especially, who are surrendered right off the street, foster homes fill quickly.

I am grateful for the person in our group who contacted the shelter and convinced them to work with our rescue, which is what saved the lives of these four cats. They were hissy, combative, frightened, and certainly not adoptable. So was Smokie back in August, and look at him now! Likewise many other kittens I and others have transported to foster homes.

Our group representative was contacted on Monday that a litter of three 14-week-old “hissy” kittens had been surrendered and she immediately sought a foster home from among the volunteers in the group—generally, we only have until the end of the day, possibly through the following day, to secure a foster and transportation. I offered to transport if a foster home was found.

A woman named Mindy offered, and we made arrangements for the next day. In the meantime, a fourth kitten about the same age was surrendered, and included in the rescue.

The foster home is some distance south of here and I finally got to the shelter yesterday, Wednesday, and drove the kittens to their foster home.

Mindy has a house full of rescued cats, and as soon as we brought the kittens inside she was handling them in their foster room.

Mindy with the "lone" kitten.
Mindy with the “lone” kitten.

Each of the kittens scurried into the corner where there was a litterbox under the table, and gathered there, feeling safe. Happily, the lone kitten, though completely unrelated to the other three, cuddled in with them, all gray and black tabbies.

Below, six of Mindy’s cats line up for attention. I’m looking forward to seeing these four “hissy” kittens in a month or so!

Six of Mindy's cats.
Six of Mindy’s cats.

I am thankful for this group of wonderful people who saved their lives! And this is the best reason of all to donate gift cards, food, litter, toys, beds and even cash to help us save cats every day of the year—read about it in Holiday Cheer for Rescued Cats!


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6 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Four Thankful Kittens

  • November 29, 2014 at 10:59 am
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    I’m thankful that a rescue was possible and appreciate the work that all involved did to find a place for the kittens.

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  • November 28, 2014 at 1:15 pm
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    I have seen firsthand the phenomenal job Mindy does with feral cats. She takes in these wild, terrified animals and works with them until they turn into the loving, trusting, tame pets they were meant to be. The transformation is truly amazing. Great job Mindy!!!

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  • November 27, 2014 at 5:18 pm
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    What a perfect story for Thanksgiving. Thanks for helping to save these kittens and for sharing here with us. Happy Thanksgiving! XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  • November 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm
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    Blessings to all..people and kitties involved..

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  • November 27, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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    From here, thanks to all those involved, at the rescue part, at the foster home.
    May they have a healthy and happy life and humans to fall in love with them.

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