So we've done something we haven't done in a real long time - simply because we are now 40 + cats (new ones appear out of nowhere and simply won't leave) and our place is crowded out.
It's an inhumane thing - having to override ones instinct and having to turn away when you see a cat in need. Because we have NO-where to turn when we find a cat in need (even young kittens) we have been forced to just keep an eye on it from a distance and deem it fit enough for it's survival - if it doesn't have any obvious disease or distress.
But whilst I have been away, Rebecca got presented with the absolute impossible to ignore predicament... a beautiful little bunch of three 4 week old kittens - ruthlessly discarded in the field where we daily feed 8-10 stray cats. People have taken note that cats are being fed there and they obviously thought this would be the ideal place for these teensy toffees to learn to fend for themselves. Yes, say ???
Rebecca was in agony over these kittens because of our policy that we couldn't take more in, so she left an old padded bin, which would at least keep them warm and dry - and then she came back to feed and check on them. She kept them there for a week (and had an week of sleepless nights wondering about their safety) as there was no one else who would take them. That's until she broke the news to me and I came to "inspect" the predicament. I knew in advance that there was no choice. I knew from the weather forecast that we were expecting the first torrential rain of the year (well, since early spring) and it's no lie to say that these three guys would have drowned yesterday morning had they not been rescued to safety the day before. We had a few hours yesterday morning where stepping outside the door was like stepping into a bathtub... with thunder, lightning and strong winds. We both felt an enormous relief at knowing they were safe - instantly thriving under Rebecca's caring hands. A tragic situation of them being separated from the warmth and care and nourishment from kitty mom (and the heartache kitty mom must have felt at someone removing them from her) has been turned into a blissful rescue where they are safe and warm, cuddled and cared for and well fed. They have acted exemplary, instantly using the little toilet provided for them and they instantly acted as if they knew their new home inside out. I pointed out to Rebecca that yes, they did indeed know this place already, because that's where they'd lived in Rebecca's mind for an entire week in her heart and mind!! I'm amazed that she lasted that long before scooping them up and bringing them to safety.
BUT... we really seriously cannot keep them. It's been a principle of ours that we wouldn't compromise the health and well-being of the cats we've rescued already, so we did this rescue with blind faith, believing that this good deed would attract the help of willing angels. We are therefore putting out this plea which is both to find them a new home but also if anyone is able to contribute towards their first vaccinations and then their passports (which will include rabies vaccination and microchip) making it possible for them to travel abroad for a better life.
And if you would please help us by sharing their story on all your social media - thank you so so much in advance. On behalf of Buttercup, Goldie and Bouncer (Bouncer is the little creamy colored one at the back in the image below. As you can see, they are absolutely beautiful and just waiting for a safe and loving forever home.
Hello kind people - would you like to help in making a future possible for us?
I'm the cheeky Bouncer...
I'm the beautiful Buttercup...
- and I'm the slightly more shy Goldie...r
We are very happy to be in a safe and warm place where we can just be kittens again and not have to worry about being out in the big bad world without our mom...
But we are again able to just be goofy kittens, and believe us we are... very goofy!!
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P.s. In that top image it's Buttercup who's braved it out of the rubbish bin where we lived all on our own for an entire week. We think we are very very lucky!