Friday, October 05, 2007

the rescue...

aiden and her new friend

aiden playing the role of mommy

the kittens today ( a few weeks old)

brother and sister: hansel and gretel

just plain sweetness

Here's how the story goes...

a couple of us at church have become involved with helping this family who has a farm ministry. They live in a small, run down trailer with 7 kids. next to their trailer, is their farm. the dad has this farm to help at risk kids. he has pigs, horses, and sheep and the children get to be a part of FFA at school. they come there and take care of their animal. i guess it helps keep them out of trouble. anyway, i got a call from the girl from church who has been helping this man at the farm a couple of weeks ago. she was somewhat stressed out because when she got to the farm, there was a dog that was in bad shape that they didn't want, and a stray cat that was pregnant. the cat was not even being fed. so, we went to assess the situation, to see what we could do to help these animals, and to feed them. the cat was a small tabby cat that was wild and was scared of us. we put a plate of food out and she gobbled the whole thing up...but if we would even look at her, she would run off. ginger said that she could set a trap and take her to the vet to have her spayed, but then, the babies would die. but if she had them out at the farm, they would most likely get eaten by some animal anyways...so we didn't really know what to do with her. we decided to trap her; take her to the vet; have her checked out and bathed; and then keri would keep her until we could find a home for her. the vet said that she was, indeed pregnant and that they heard 3 heart beats. he thought she would have them about a week later. after her trip to the vet, ginger brought her to keri's apartment and got her a litter box, food, and bowls. she warmed up really quick and would just sit next to you and purr while you pet her. so, at about 11:30 that night, i get a call from keri that she was having the kittens. the kids were in bed, so i got to go see them being born. we thought she was done after 3, but a little while later...she had number 4. we were so excited. i think 4 is a good number. the kids were so excited when i told them the next morning that the kittens were born and i took aiden to see them that morning after i dropped the boys off at school. so, now...keri (the foster parent) is out of town and the cats are staying with us. (the foster, foster family) the kids are sooooo excited. we named her tabitha. just think...she was so hopeless that day. there she was...homeless, pregnant and going to have her babies that very night, starving...not knowing what she was going to do. basically...hopeless. and just when she thought that her life was at rock bottom...she was rescued. if God cares that much about a little, stray tabby cat...he must really care about me.

8 comments:

kay said...

oh my gosh....you are SOO going to be keeping one...I just KNOW it. Poor Chad...better start the allergy injections.

Anonymous said...

Uh no, don't think so. No kitty cat in our future.

mindy clarkson said...

chad...i know your typing anywhere.

Kara said...

They are sooo cute Mindy! You can always make a kitty an outside cat and let it come into the garage at night on a soft bed. :)
Those sweet babies are precious but the lady typing this has 1 dog, 2 cats, and a fish- a true animal lover. :)
I am glad your kids can love on them.
Have fun.

kay said...

...okay...well, if you can't keep any because 'anonymous' says no...I definitely think that at least one has to go to the Arrington estate as a replacement for Cheeto...
Hey...wait a second...I think I just made a cute little jingle. Sometimes...I simply amaze myself.

cantkeepquietonthisone said...

don’t give in chad. kittens turn to cats. cats scratch, spray, stink, shed, give evil stares, have weird tongues, always appear to be watching in judgment… and pretty much take over the homestead. sorrm mindy, but i couldn't hold this one in.

-a loving brother and uncle who cares

Anonymous said...

oops... i meant sorry, not sorrm.

Chad said...

Sorry babe. I agree with anonymous and your brother. Hard to argue with their logic.