We have been working on an area in town where there are multiple cats and kitten, friendlies, who needed spay/neuter and testing. It is where Little Guy and his siblings came from. Today we got the last of the cats who had been evading us, a pregnant calico girl. She had actually been trying to look after Little Guy after he was abandoned.
She was taken into MileHi and tested before she went to the waiting foster who had agreed to take care of her during her birthing process and after. The vet tech's estimated that she is 8 years old, missing half of her teeth and very close to delivering!
Who knows how many litters of kittens this friendly girl has had or how she has managed to live on the street, fend for herself and multiple litters of kittens, suffered most likely from her mouth pain, avoided contracting FIV and still had the heart and soul to try to help Little Guy as he struggled to maneuver the streets, virtually blind? Is it survival instinct or a great heart at work?
She would surely have been euthanized at any normal shelter even after all her years of struggling to live. She would be "too expensive" or "unadoptable" or some other reason not to bother with her and her unborn kittens. She would easily have fit into a category where she would be gotten rid of without shelter numbers being affected.
This is why we struggle to rescue, raise money for food, spay and neuter, find fosters and shelter. Why we spend time and energy every day to save lives and shelter them until they find homes, This girl is the poster child for what happens when no one cares, rescue is not an option and we discard animals as undesirable.
In case you ever question yourself about if what we do matters and why we continue the daily battle, this is why we do it. To find ways for cats to enjoy their middle age with a loving person or family and for kittens to be born safely or prevented or placed in loving homes.
Thank you to you all for making it possible to help this girl and all the others. I am proud to be associated with you and to be able to help this girl and all the others past and future.