One cold and blustery night, a litter of 4 newborn kittens was discovered by a gentleman who was helping his mother move some things at her house. Luckily, this gentleman was a vet technician that had A.C.A.T. on speed dial and soon after, they were in the hands of some devoted and caring foster parents. However, since the kittens had been exposed to such adversely cold conditions, it was uncertain as to whether or not any of these kittens would make it through the night. As fate would have it, one of them did not.
As for the remaining three, they were cleaned up, fed, cleaned up again and instantly fell asleep when they were wrapped up and placed on a heating pad. Every two hours for the next few weeks they were awakened to be fed and cleaned. It didn’t take long for them to learn the feel of the bottle nipple on their little noses and that by grabbing it with their toothless mouths, they were awarded with a pleasant and satisfying sensation that gave them strength. Slowly but surely, these three champions of survival beat the odds and grew. Once their eyes started to open, they could focus on the only contact they knew; their caring foster parents.
It is amazing how small newborn kittens are – - not much bigger than a pack of chewing gum. The closed eyes and little grunts are evidence of some truly defenseless creatures whose fate are completely in the hands of their new parents. Is it perhaps the endearing gentleness of these little, frail bodies or knowing that if they survive, the human brain is teased by the knowledge of the Olympic-styled athletics that are in store for the future? Let the training of these humans begin!
There are no words to describe the rewarding experience a human can have by knowing that they were responsible for saving a defenseless creature. Watching these kittens grow and develop into the magnificent creatures they are makes A.C.A.T.’s foster program a marvel. But being a foster parent often has a treacherous side-effect to its well-intended role; what happens if a foster parent can’t bring themselves to turn over one of these kitten-survivors to someone else wanting to adopt them? The pictures that accompany this true story answers this question. The theme? Going from 2 ounces to nearly 19 pounds in just a few years says it all!
Well….. he is a roll over and show me the tummy kitty cause he always likes to be petted on his tummy. He gets along with all the other kitties we have. Kind of like a Mr. Mom, like Hobson. He lives with 8 other cats, 3 of which were adopted through A.C.A.T. He sleeps wherever he wants and enjoys time in the front office window watching the birds at the bird feeder outside the window, the bunnies eating carrots and the squirrels raiding the sunflower seeds from the bird feeder. He actually does a good job of running the squirrels off when he is at the window. His brother Corkey was adopted by our neighbor’s son who drove all the way from Texas to adopt him!