bittersweet.

>> Tuesday, January 19, 2010

remember we rescued a litter of kittens from my parents yard back in july? our intentions were always to find good homes for the kittens. i have done the same thing many times before. not everyone is a cat person, i know. if you aren't one i hope you will hang out to read this though. if you are a cat owner i hope this will inspire you to spay/neuter your pets if you haven't already.


the kittens to *us* are really cute, all but one a variation of orange with the last one being a beautiful cream and white color with dark rust colored eyes. i've never seen a cat like that before. we figured that it would be easy to find homes for them. as time went on, we would learn otherwise. we had not found one home. not a one. i contacted the humane society for help, perhaps they could advertise while we kept them as "foster kitties". the humane society was not able to help, they had too many cats, and nobody was adopting them. and as i look around there are always stray cats everywhere we go. too many cats. so this is where i ask that you please spay/neuter your pets!


as time went on, without adopting families anywhere on the horizon, the kittens got older. we had them vaccinated and neutered and spayed. i was hopeful that with all of the "work" out of the way that people, anyone, would now be interested. no such luck.


the girls of course have become quite attached to the kittens. ok, we all have. bethany definitely has "her" kitten. she doesn't have her own pet and i had promised her that she could keep her guy. kelley has a pet, the princess pug daisy may. so there was no promise of a kitten for her. but regardless she also had "her" guy-the beautiful cream kitten.


they have worked very hard at advertising! and remained strong when they were told that we just needed to drop the kittens off at the humane society. no, we are definitely going to find them good homes. it's not their fault they were born into this world as homeless strays.


yesterday, their efforts paid off. a sweet family wanted a kitten. it was the wife's birthday and the husband was getting the kitten for her. they also have a little girl. when it was time for him to pick out a kitten, i knew in my heart which one he was going to pick...kelley's little guy. they went to pick up a crate and supplies and came back for the kitten. kelley watched from the window as mr. h brought the kitten to them, helped pack him up (he had a favorite blanket which we sent with him), and they drove away. there were tears. lots of tears. some were mine.


when the girls had a moment to calm down, i talked with them. reassuring them that this was the best possible outcome for this kitten. he'll have his own family-not one he has to share with his brothers and sisters. and a little girl to sneak him into bed with her as kelley did many nights. i told them how proud i was of them. and that i hoped this would be the start of something good, helping God's little creatures who are born into hard lives. like i've mentioned, i have rescued lots of little ones and helped them on their way to a good life. it started when i was just a little girl and continues on. and now i know that there will be two more helpers out there.


one home down, a few more to go!


6 comments:

Lysana January 19, 2010 at 2:05 PM  

Okay, now I'm all teary. Definitely a cat person here, and I know that must have been hard for your girl! But what a big girl she was for making the right choice for the kitten. I hope you can find homes for all of them soon!

Kathy January 19, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

This post makes me smile. We love kitties. There needs to be more people like you in the world!

FalkFamily January 19, 2010 at 6:10 PM  

Oh, if I lived closer, I would definitely adopt one from you. Tell your girls they did a great thing :)

Tara. January 19, 2010 at 6:19 PM  

Aww. The kittens are so sweet. Thank you for taking them in and taking care of them! Many would not have done as much as you did.

tarzan January 19, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

" God's creatures great and small" ..... The kittens are adorable but more importantly Heather your heart is so big and we are all more fortunate because of you. Your girls are learning such important lessons! As hard as those lessons are, you're teaching them with love... and that's what this story is about.... bless you

kelley,  March 23, 2011 at 6:46 PM  

I MISS POOKIE AND GABRIEL WHY DID THEY HAVE TO BE MY FAVORITE ONES THE ONLY ONES WERE MINE :( :( :( :( : ( :( : ( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(: :( : ( :( :( :( :( : ( (: :( :( : ( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*BREATHE*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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