Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Look What I Found...

As if I needed yet another pet, another one has managed to make his way into my life. At least temporarily.

I was out in the garden the other morning, I guess about 9:30 or so, when I heard this distressed meow coming from nearby. So I grabbed my garden stool and peered over the privacy fence to try and figure out where this was coming from and saw this little gray kitten wedged into a tree trunk next door.

Now, I know these folks next door to me have a very large dog. A very large and fairly aggressive dog - who is frankly the main reason I put up a privacy fence to begin with.

When I would be out in my yard and the neighbors would let him out, he would immediately charge their chain link fence right at me, barking and raising all kinds of cain, and flat out, this dog's behavior scared the daylight outta me. And worse, the neighbors would do nothing to discipline this dog or to stop this behavior so it literally happened every single time they let him out. He actually still does this, but he can't really see anything anymore, so he stops pretty quick and they do a better job of getting him to settle down.

All that to say, I was petrified about this little kitten being in this yard where this big, aggressive dog lives, so I did what any lover of animals would do and I went next door to let them know about this kitten. Apparently I woke everybody up. But... I retrieved the kitten.

He is pretty underweight and probably only about 4 weeks old, but he's very gentle and extremely affectionate, so I couldn't help but wonder if some little girl out there was missing her kitty. He also took right to the litter box. I put up a "Kitty Found" sign on the pole near my house, hoping that if somebody was missing him, they'd call. So far nobody has.

Most of you who have been reading my blog for awhile remember several months ago, we took in a puppy that was left in a box at WalMart, and I already had a older lab, plus one declawed female and another declawed male cat {everybody is also fixed except the pup who is about to be, and, of course, this kitten} both found their way to my front door as kittens themselves a few years back.

So we already have 4 animals living with us. He's very sweet, but I really don't know if we can take on another pet. The shelter is out of the question - they are already overrun with kittens this time of year so he would be doomed. But, animals are just so hard to give away. Not only is it hard to find someone who is looking to take on a new pet, I also worry over whether they will be treated well.

What to do? What to do??

15 comments:

  1. He sure is cute. My parents live on a farm, so they are a frequent depository for abandoned pets. If you lived in Oklahoma, you could just send him to live in their barn :) I bet he would be a great mouse catcher.

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  2. Awwww, you already know you're going to keep it.

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  3. Apparently God is sending them to you! How sweet! I think it is wonderful that you actually took of in them in! I am the same way. It kills me to see a animal running around with no home

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  4. Yes, I am pitiful. I admit it. And I am certain without a doubt that God has planted a huge flashing fluorescent arrow that points down upon our house that only animals can see to show them the way. He does has such a sense of humor.

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  5. Oh c'mon Mary you know the second you set eyes on that baby it was yours! You and the animals is like me and the teenagers EXCEPT I stopped taking them in on a permanent basis, they can stay a while but not live in...

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  6. How great of you to rescue that little guy. I am the same way when it comes to abandoned animals, that's why we have 3 dogs, 2 cats and 2 birds. Good for you.

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  7. Aww, so cute and so nice of you to rescue him. I feel the same way about people who don't discipline their dogs as parents who don't discipline their children! UGH!

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  8. If you absolutely cannot take in permanently another fur baby, then contact your local humane society. They may be able to help you place that sweet little feller. You could be its foster mom for the time being. Our trouble is, the longer we keep a stray...well, need I even say it? LOL! :)

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  9. He's so beautiful! What a sweet face.

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  10. Kathy, I know you're right. The Hubs has been asking around, but nobody wants a little kitty. :(

    Oh Linda, that is a thought! I'll have to call them. Unless we decide to just keep him. :)

    He is kinda cute huh Sandy? I've never had a cat this color before. Gray tabby, but he's like a different kind of gray. Really soft too - like suede.

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  11. So cute! It looks like it could be a Russian Blue. I had one and he was also a stray. Turned out to be one of the best cats I've ever had, very affectionate and a real playful little feller. I've had as many as 7 cats--we lived in the country and they would just "magically" appear. Once I fixed a neighbor's cat because he wouldn't stay home and came and sprayed and fought with my cats--I used to laugh and secretly wish he was this "Grand Champion" they were going to use for breeding--wouldn't happen, but it was funny anyway. CJ

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  12. Oh CJ that is hilarious! Good idea... I know a few that could take a secret fixin' myself! I have a feeling unless somebody claims him, he'll become a fixture.

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  13. I have rescued 128 cats and counting...but it's hell to find them a home...you are in luck that he's so pretty and still a kitten. I ran ads for the cats I had up for adoption and I would grill the people who would show up to make sure they were on the up-and-up. I had a lot of luck also in describing the cats as "breed cats" -- the vet would say they looked "part" Abyssinian, or Russian Blue, or Siamese, etc and I'd run with that. I did find several purebred cats over the years too and they were usually a cinch to place. But I kept the "losers" LOL -- still have 6 rescues as permanent residents...GOOD LUCK and how sweet a lady you are to save so many...

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  14. Penniwig, 128?? Seriously?? Wow, you are a total angel. I knew it.

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