Last week, after a long day in town, heading towards Redway from Dean Creek, I spotted this little guy sitting right next to the edge of that busy thoroughfare.
I pulled over at the nearest turnout and got out. He came running towards me as fast as his little legs could carry him, meowing the whole time. I scooped him up and brought him back to the truck. Before I could get back on the road, two more kittens popped their heads up out of the weeds next to the road.
They came close to me, but wouldn’t let me get close enough to pick them up, so I went back to the truck, and my partner Amy decided to try to lure the kitties to her. She succeeded, and returned to the truck with two more little squirming furballs.
Just what we need, three kittens! We live in a tiny one-room place, and we already have two full-grown cats. There is no way we could adopt these little guys, but we couldn’t just leave them there by the side of the road to get run over.
First we went to KMUD to put an ad on the classified ads. Maybe they were lost, but whoever let three kittens get that close to a busy road probably couldn’t be trusted to take care of them. We asked our friend, and rescuer of many local felines, Jackie Pantalao if she had any ideas. She’s already taking care of seven cats, more than a handful, but she gave us the number of someone in Fortuna who might help.
It began to sink in that we were going to have to make an unplanned trip to the northern part of the county. We have no shelters in SoHum, and since it was already about 7:00PM when we found them, everyplace we might try to call had already closed. So, we took the kittens home, gave them some food and water, put them in a pet carrier, and did our best to console our cats, especially the queen of the household, Pipsqueak, who was livid about these young intruders. The kittens proceeded to get cat food and water all over their fur, which is why they look so greasy. Suddenly, it dawned on us as to where we should take these three little meowsers…
We would take them to the Companion Animal Foundation in Sunnybrae. We always like to shop at the Companion Animal Foundation thrift store whenever we are in Arcata, primarily because they have a room in the back where you can visit the cats and kittens they have rescued. The room has a rocking chair that’s safe for long-tailed cats, lots of cat toys, and an aquarium, that’s well defended against feline intruders. Because lots of people play with the kittens in that room, the kittens get to be pretty well socialized, and people have plenty of opportunity to fall in love with them.
We love cats, and it’s always nice to get a little kitty love when we have to be away from our own cats for the day. We enjoy playing with the kittens in the kitten room, and petting Trinity, the store’s beautiful three-legged cat. Kim, who runs the place, also loves cats, and is very careful about who she adopts them to. She makes sure they all get their shots, and has them spayed or neutered. The Companion Animal Foundation has found homes for over eleven-hundred cats and kittens so far.
When we got there, she told us she was full-up with kittens, but when she saw those three little babies, she decided she could find room for them. Hooray for Companion Animal Foundation! Please, if you are thinking of adopting a kitten, DO IT NOW!
Go to the Companion Animal Foundation Thrift Store in Sunnybrae, across from Murphy’s Market, in the Sunnybrae Center. Shop in their great thrift store, knowing that all the money you spend goes to rescue poor orphaned kittens like the ones we found along the highway. Spend some time in the kitten adoption room, let them tug at your heart-strings. Those kittens all need homes. They need laps to sit in, someone to open the can for them, and someone to rub up against and purr. You need someone silky soft and cuddly who loves you unconditionally, and enjoys your company. You can save their life, but they will return the favor.
The kittens are all healthy. The first thing that happened to the ones we brought in was that they went to the vet for a check-up. They have kittens in every conceivable color and pattern at the Companion Animal Foundation right now, and I’m sure you will find the purr-fect companion among them.