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An Act of Kindness

The mothers embracing

Two of the babies

By Lucy Tobin

When a man named Murray showed up at the SPA with a cardboard box, it was a relief from the recent weeks in which the SPA has been bombarded with animals who needed care because of willful neglect and abuse. The box had two litters of meowing, protesting babies: four kittens about three weeks old and three kittens less than a week old.

The night before, Murray’s dog had spied the box nestled into a planter at the edge of a field. No mother cat was nearby. Murray and his partner, Greg, used a dropper to feed the little ones, who beat the odds and miraculously survived the night. The men brought them to the SPA the next morning, where we took over the feedings—two of us every two hours around the clock, using a syringe to feed each kitten. We knew that there was as much as a 27 percent chance the kittens would not make it, so we faced each feeding with trepidation, expecting the worst. The second night, one kitten died.

Unbeknownst to us, and in an incredible act of kindness, Murray and Greg took it upon themselves to scour the area where they found the kittens to search for the mothers who could greatly increase the babies’ chance of survival. The next day, Murray and Greg excitedly contacted us about finding two nursing mother cats in the same area where they found the kittens. They might not be our kittens’ mothers, but they were nursing and would hopefully take over the feedings. And they did! We’re not sure if the mothers discriminate between the kittens, but they each are nursing whichever kitten comes to them. Incredibly, the mothers are not only patiently taking care of the babies, but they treat each other lovingly, face against face, embracing one another. Within a week, even the smallest kittens had opened their eyes. The cat families live together in one room at the SPA, sharing mothers, babies, food, and safety.

The mothers and the babies will ultimately depend upon the SPA for food until they are adopted. Please help ensure that they and all our resident cats and dogs (about 100) have food by donating to this year’s Pet Food Money Bank. Reach into your hearts and pockets and contribute. Our goal is to raise 250,000 pesos (about US$14,500), all of which will apply to the cost of food. For more information, please see spasanmiguel.org/how-you-can-help/pet-food-money-bank/ or contact the SPA, Los Pinos 7, 1526124.

 

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