Feline Rescue is grateful for the generous grant it received in August 2009 from PetSmart Charities. This grant provided funding for spay and neuter surgeries for cats and kittens who were abandoned or rescued prior to abandonment. On behalf of the many cats and kittens who were helped by this grant: Thank you, PetSmart!
One of many special stories related to this grant:
The Magnificent Seven
On August 24, 2009, we received call from Ernie, a man in town who had heard about our "owner surrender" program. His home was in foreclosure, and he had to move out in six days. His girlfriend Paula had moved out a week ago, leaving her pet cat and a litter of seven kittens, hoping Ernie would care for them. Ernie failed to put out food and water for the mom cat, so she apparently left the house to search for food. However, she hadn't returned in three days. Ernie believed she had been killed. The seven kittens were left inside an open trunk in what had been Paula's bedroom. Ernie thought they, also, were dead.
We rushed to meet Ernie who was sitting on a sofa, very distraught, head in his hands. He said he couldn't bear to take a look at the kittens. We found the trunk and carefully reached in and pulled out one kitten. Alive. The next kitten, alive. Seven kittens in all, each one alive, just two weeks old. We took the kittens home, bottle fed them, making a chart to help us remember who had been fed.
We encouraged Ernie to continue to search for the mom cat. A few days later, Ernie called to say he'd found the mom cat, extremely frightened, hiding in some bushes in his back yard. The cat, whom we named "Azure" appeared to be in shock, was very weak, dehydrated and extremely thin. She weighed only five pounds. We learned this very young cat had had three litters in the past year and a half….first a litter of one kitten, then four, now seven. We gave Azure subcutaneous fluids, syringe fed her and kept her in a room with her kittens, although she couldn't nurse at first. As she grew stronger, she started trying to nurse her babies. We continued to bottle feed each of the seven, not sure how much nourishment Azure could give them, but we knew the emotional nurturing was abundant.
Wonderful ending to this story. All seven kittens have been adopted, as has mom cat Azure.