My plan for today was to continue my June Is Adopt-A-Cat Month campaign. However, even though this won't be an adoption post highlighting an individual Winnie's Wisher, it is definitely related.
Early last week my aunt emailed that a feral mom cat had a litter under her deck. She thought the kittens were about four to five weeks old. My maximum capacity in the cathouse is 18. There were 16 at that moment. I knew I couldn't take those kittens. It would push me over my limit, and I knew I would need those spots for sure since it is ONLY June. But we needed a plan. The mom would only have another litter and another. And the babies would grow up and become part of the problem. The shelter where my girls work is COMPLETELY maxed out and cannot take in one more cat or kitten.
We got the feral mom on a list for a wonderful private program in that town that traps and spays female cats. Then I called my trusty rescue friend Mere Lyn, and she said that sometimes she can get kittens on a transport when they are that young. However, because we are already well into Kitten Season, she wasn't sure. She would take the kittens for now and start working on getting them onto a transport.
My aunt set traps on Monday but was unsuccessful. However, on Tuesday I got a call from her. She caught two. She lives in the town where the girls work, so I told her to take the two kittens to Younger Daughter who was still at work. Then my daughter would bring them to me, and I would get them to Mere Lyn.
Younger Daughter brought them home. I looked into that carrier and nearly fainted. Staring back at me were two three-month old kittens. I knew immediately what this meant. If they had been living without human contact for three months, they would be feral. And becase they were three months old, they would be too old to go to the rescue Mere Lyn had hoped to get them into. I did call Mere Lyn and I was right. She couldn't get these kittens into a rescue. The following day my aunt was able to get the other two. Four new kittens for the Winnie's Wish rescue. That would definitely put me over my limit.
As I discussed this with my daughters, they reminded me that Moose, Mango, and Gabby were technically shelter kittens. They were brought in to the shelter when there was no room (and there still isn't). We knew the day might come when the shelter could take them. In the meantime, they were safe here and could continue to be fosters for as long as needed. They haven't been healthy enough to be adopted out yet. In fact, I had them to the vet this past Thursday when Moose and Gabby had fevers. They are recovering, but they are really frail. We had a bit of a downturn for Moose last night but I'm trying to remain hopeful.
The reminder from my daughters that three of the kittens here are not technically mine gave me the relief I needed as far as numbers. With Moose, Mango, and Gabby continuing to foster here, the shelter doesn't have to find a place for them. And with those three registered to the shelter, my numbers at Winnie's Wish go down by three. That makes room for the new feral four. (Moose, Mango, and Gabby will stay here until they are healthy enough to be advertised for adoption through the shelter. Ideally, once healthy, they will go straight from here into their forever homes.)
So there it is. Where there's a will, there's a way.
Meet the four new Winnie's Wishers.
Friends – I need homes! I'll be back to highlighting individual Winnie's Wishers tomorrow. Please spread the word! Thanks!