The story of a throw away cat

Athena - 10 year old Athena
@raydene (9874)
United States
February 23, 2009 6:49pm CST
One day in March 10 years ago I received a call telling me that a man was going to shot a litter of stray kittens. He said he had tried to shoo them out from under his storage building but couldn't get them to leave.. I asked him to give me a day to try to trap them.. He said if they were still there in an hour that he would blast them. I brought a travel kennel and crawled under the building after blocking all the entrances except one which had the kennel in place. Those kittens were about 3-4 weeks old and terrified... I caught 3 of them...the forth slipped past the kennel and away Momma stood at a distance watch...then took off with the escapee. I left with the 3 hoping the 4th would stay clear.. I found homes for 2 and kept the third. You will see pic of her below and I also use her for my cat category photo. I still carry a scar on my arm from that rescue. Have you evr done anything like that impulsively before? xoxoxoxoxo
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@Darkwing (21588)
24 Feb 09
No, I don't think I ever found myself in the position to act on impulse in a similar way to what you did. What a shame the one got away, and the mother of course because my betting is, the mother at least, would have gone back to that cruel man. Either that, or they probably ended up wild. Still, you did your best, and three out of four ain't bad, to coin a Meatloaf phrase! lol. Brightest Blessings my friend.
@BarBaraPrz (22183)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
24 Feb 09
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@Darkwing (21588)
25 Feb 09
Awwww, that's so sad, my friend. But at least you saved the three and they all had a happier life.
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@ElicBxn (60907)
• United States
24 Feb 09
all the time, especially if it involves cats
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Honey I knew you'd find your way here.. btw my prayers continue for you all you do a gracious thing and I want you to know I appreciate it and am thankful you are doing what you do..Hope the roomie is doing ok xoxoxoxoxo
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@ElicBxn (60907)
• United States
24 Feb 09
the roomie goes to the doc tomorrow morning and the surgeon on Thrusday - she's not at 100%, but a lot better than last week yeah, well, never crawled under a shed, but we have a live trap and have caught several cats that way
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• United States
24 Feb 09
Kudos to you!. Thanks heavens their are still some people around who have a heart. I have had many experiences saving animals, even a garden lizard (gecko. She stayed in my home for more than 6 months.
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• United States
24 Feb 09
I don't think I've ever rescued any animals before, but we do have a ton of stray dogs around here! I love cats though. They are so sweet! Although I have "rescued" our cat, if that counts. She got slammed in the car door and I rescued her :) She was an outdoor cat before that, and wouldn't even come inside, but after that incident, she's been inside ever since. She's gotten really old now.
• India
24 Feb 09
I dont remember that i had such a terrific story with cats in my life. But i do remember the situation that, my cat was having fever and had taken it into basket. I was thinking that its just a fever and can be cured well soon, but when i heard the words from Dr that this cat wont live for more than two dys. I was feared and started crying. It was my childhood when i encountered with this situation, after that scene , i never went to hav a cat as my pet nor the other animals, fearing off losing it somtim,
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@winterose (39916)
• Canada
24 Feb 09
no I never do anything like that but I do take in stray cats, I believe in giving a poor cat a home. It is terribly cold here in the winter those poor animals what they have to go through.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
24 Feb 09
Hi raydene! Oh that is very kind of you my friend! I have never done anything that is impulsive lately nor have I done any rescue effort. The only thing that I am doing right now are feeding the stray cats each night. They are our regular visitors now and it seems they are bringing more friends each night. haha.. take care and have a great day! lovelots..faith
@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Athena is beautiful. I bet you are really glad you rescued her. Actually my husband and I took in a sick stray cat. The cat was very sick and it was clear the owners had just let it go rather then caring for it. His hair was all matted up. We reported him, but no one claimed him. The Vet told us he had about 6 months to live. He didn't seem to be in any pain or anything and was very loving. We decided to keep him in our home and give him a loving home to spend his last months in. He lived with us for nearly 2 years before he finally passed on. We like to think our love and care prolonged his life.
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@BarBaraPrz (22183)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
24 Feb 09
Bless you for that. Athena is a lovely, lovely cat. What was that man's problem? The kitties weren't doing any harm under his shed, and probably keeping the mice away, at that.
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• Philippines
27 May 09
I cried after reading your post. What happen to the 4th one, wishing it is safe. I don't understand why people harrased animals more likely small ones. What is this man thinking there are just little cats. I have to share my story. Me and my mother is famous in our place that adopt stray cat, last year 2002 there was a large storm happened in our place. One neighbor came and ask for our help because a Mommy cat and five kittens were trap in one abandoned house. Eventhough there was a large flood above the knee to be exact me and my mon went to the place they were talking about. We saw the mommy cat crying, she have the 3 baby cat with her but the two were above the wood on the flood. My mother put the mommy cat and 3 babies in her bag while I was the one assign to the two. I don't know that the old house has this large hole in the middle and I almost drown saving the lives of the two. To make it short they were all safe. Such a heroic act. I can't say no to animals.
@finlander60 (1775)
• United States
26 Feb 09
While I was recuperating from my hernia repair, my wife called me from the school where she was working to ask me if I would be able to rescue a skunk that had been cornered outside. When I got there I discovered that the parks department had managed to get a live trap nearby which had been baited. I had brought a big quilt, like they use when folks are moving, so as to pad furniture and such with me. I managed to get it thrown over him, so he would calm down in the dark, and eventually herded him into the live trap. This was actually THE THIRD TIME that I had rescued a skunk, that is why my wife thought that I might be able to help. I was glad to do it, and would do it again if the opportunity presented itself. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.