Many of you know about FURPOWER donations and that each month we pick a different shelter or rescue as the beneficiary. So far, with your help, we’ve been fortunate to have been able to donate more than $60,000 to pets in need!
The staff and I wanted you to share stories from each of these organizations, to give you a chance to see the great things that they do that would be impossible without support from people like you!
For the month of May our beneficiary is the Feline Rescue of Northern California. Here’s the story they shared with us of the Magnificent Seven!
“In August, we received call from Ernie, a man in town who had heard about our ‘owner surrender’ program. His home was in foreclosure, and he had to move out in six days. His girlfriend Paula had moved out a week ago, leaving her pet cat and a litter of seven kittens, hoping Ernie would care for them.
Ernie failed to put out food and water for the mom cat, so she apparently left the house to search for food. However, she hadn’t returned in three days. Ernie believed she had been killed. The seven kittens were left inside an open trunk in what had been Paula’s bedroom. Ernie thought they, also, were dead.
We rushed to meet Ernie who was sitting on a sofa, very distraught, head in his hands. He said he couldn’t bear to take a look at the kittens. We found the trunk and carefully reached in and pulled out one kitten. Alive. The next kitten, alive. Seven kittens in all, each one alive, just two weeks old. We took the kittens home, bottle fed them, making a chart to help us remember who had been fed.
We encouraged Ernie to continue to search for the mom cat. A few days later, Ernie called to say he’d found the mom cat, extremely frightened, hiding in some bushes in his back yard. The cat, whom we named “Azure” appeared to be in shock, was very weak, dehydrated and extremely thin. She weighed only five pounds. We learned this very young cat had had three litters in the past year and a half….first a litter of one kitten, then four, now seven. We gave Azure subcutaneous fluids, syringe fed her and kept her in a room with her kittens, although she couldn’t nurse at first.
As she grew stronger, she started trying to nurse her babies. We continued to bottle feed each of the seven, not sure how much nourishment Azure could give them, but we knew the emotional nurturing was abundant.
Our “Magnificent Seven” — Ribby, One Spot, Fluffy Chicken, Teacup, Parsley, Cecily and Tom Kitten — grew fat and healthy, and each found a loving home as did mom cat Azure.
Awww! We love this story with such a happy ending. Go Feline Rescue of Northern California! Keep up the awesome work!