Last Wednesday evening, our Yorba Linda Chapter just took in an emergency litter of kittens – they’re maybe 2 weeks old, eyes barely opened, and no mama!
One of our site managers took in the babies to bottle feed, and we posted the above picture to our Facebook Thursday evening after she sent over a photo and a basic update that she had the babies secured, and everyone was good.We posted the photo and the little info we had with a request for some extra help getting formula and supplies for these babies.
And wow, did our Cats in Need extended family respond! In the four hours after the image ran, we raised $260 in donations to our secure PayPal link; all of the money, after PayPal fees, will be going to the care of these emergency babies.
We’re just overwhelmed at the generosity and kindness of our followers. Not only did we receive such an unexpected outpouring of financial support, but the image was shared and commented on with messages of love and care. We even have one person asking about adoption when they’re ready. You are the very best!
We will be updating our Facebook page with more pictures as the babies continue to grow, and once they’re big enough, they will be going up for adoption.
Of course, like many things, there’s a bigger story behind the babies, and how they came to join us
The babies were discovered in a woodpile by a set of workmen who were doing repairs on a house – the lady next door contacted Cats in Need once she realized that these babies were all alone. We suspect that Mama was too scared to come back for her babies with all the construction, though she’s keeping an eye out just in case.
When the call came in, we immediately sent out the need to our foster team. One of our adoption managers agreed to take in the babies. She went down that evening and picked them up. They handed the kittens to her in a red lunch-style cooler by one of the workmen!
This was no ordinary infant kitten pick up. Their new foster mama had, that very day, said goodbye to her own kitty baby of ten years, who she had bottle fed as an infant. Daisy had been her darling kitty, and incredibly special to her and her family. Yet in the midst of her own grief, she didn’t hesitate to take in this set of kitties.
She didn’t know about our Facebook request and your response until later that night, and the news was a great surprise to her. She’s promised more pictures, and updates as they grow. It looks like two of the babies are boys. And the little girl may be getting named for their foster mama’s Daisy, in tribute to their time together.
Their foster mommy gave us this update today: “They are suckling from the bottle and have stolen my super soft pajama top. Ok they didn’t steal it but they sure seemed to love it so I’m letting them borrow it so they can cuddle with it.” Isn’t she the best?