Temperatures in Pennsylvania were below zero. Two kittens were freezing and cuddled next to an apartment building. My wife and I couldn’t leave them there. But by the time we manage to find a blanket to wrap them in there was only one. A solid black kitten that was so friendly we knew it had to belong to someone once. My wife wrapped the kitten in our blanket and we took it upstairs.
Where was the other kitten?
The temperatures that night reached below zero. We really didn’t know what to do. The kitten we rescued was so hungry, but where was his sibling. We called him “Midnight” and fed him. We already have an older cat “Raisin” and we knew it wouldn’t be a good idea to bring Midnight into the same area as Raisin so we left him upstairs.
A few days later to our delight we found the other kitten. He was skin and bones. From the upstairs apartment the neighbor screamed down that the kittens belonged to a friend of hers. She left them when she moved. The black one was called “Ninja” and the one with white feet was called “Socks”. We thanked her and took Socks upstairs to reunite him with his brother.
No room in the shelters
The challenge was to find a home for these wonderful kittens. It was not easy. First, the local Humane Society’s Cat House was full. There was a waiting list for several months. We told the Society we would love to have the kittens they are so friendly but we just don’t have the room. They really couldn’t help us.
The kittens became attached to us. Ninja and Socks climbed into our laps, crawled between our legs, and Ninja love to lick your hands when you picked him up. It was becoming harder to let them go.
We called the city that gave us the phone number of a volunteer pet rescue organization. The organization told us first we had to get shots for the kittens for rabies and have blood work to make sure they didn’t have AIDS or any other diseases. The local vet’s fee was $150. When the results came back negative on all counts we were elated that they were healthy. Pet rescued picked them up later in the week.
Not every cat can be rescued
Ninja and Socks were lucky. They were friendly and we were able to house them until an organization could find them homes. If you are determined to have a cat make sure you are prepared for taking care of it. For some cats this could be a twenty plus year commitment. If you own a cat and can’t make this commitment, please do not leave them on the street if you move. Find a shelter.