As I sit here with my son watching Thomas I hear the joyful playing of 6 kittens overhead. The darlings are approximately 5 weeks old now and had a "rough" beginning being born in an industrial area filled with many hazards cats should not be exposed to. Their mom, Molly, did a fabulous job keeping them safe among rusty nails, stacked pallets, concrete, shards of metal and various other potentially harmful obstacles. Mama Molly and her 6 kittens were a delight to many of the staff at the shop. She was the official "shop cat" and once the kittens are weaned, will be part of HBSPCA's TNR program. This will allow her to go back "home" without the worry of ever having another litter to care for. Failing that, another staff member has offered up his home so she can live as a "barn cat" out in the country.
This rescue was unexpected however I felt compelled to go assess the situation when no other rescue stepped in. As a small rescue, funds are an issue, as is space. My current two "foster rooms" are full with other families that need to be adopted so I have been searching for a foster or rescue to kindly take over their care.
In the week they have been here the kittens have really come around! At first they were quite hissy, they bit, they scratched and now some greet me at the door! It seems it's just my sweet Houdini (last kitten to be found, 4 days after the capture of mom) that is still quite timid around me. Molly needs to be approached gingerly and, if moved, you better be wearing gloves (I learned that lesson on day one out of my own foolishness)!!!
Each day I love the kittens more and try my best to think of another way to accommodate them. Ideally I'd love to make an enclosure in my basement so they would have more freedom and activities, and my family would once again have the freedom of having a shower without 7 pairs of eyes staring at them ;)
Each day is a new day and as a Christian I know God will provide what is needed for this family. All that matters here is Molly will never again have a litter of kittens, her 6 babies will have loving homes, and all 7 of them will have proper vetting. Truly that's what it's all about. Being new to rescue I have a huge support system and know they will be there for me every step of the way.