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Most of us were sick or incredibly busy over the winter, but kitten season is here. In the last five days, two people have called with neonatal kittens that were likely abandoned by their mothers. One is approximately 4 weeks old, and the other is maybe 2 weeks old and doesn't even have teeth yet. Thankfully Emily is a saint and is taking care of both of them. I was going to take Gutter off her hands now that he has recovered from dehydration, but we both agree the little one will probably do better with an older buddy to keep warm.

The GREAT news is that three of the Como brood were adopted. Enid, Fred, and Russ all went to new homes and are doing great. Como still needs to find his #furever home. He's neutered and UTD on shots. He's a very sweet boy and would love to be someone's lap cat. Did I mention that he's an awesome ratter too? He WAS adopted, but the family had allergy issues so he came back to me.

UPDATE: Como is going to his new home today (4/10/19)!

If you would like to donate toward our vet expenses, we would appreciate the assistance. Kitten season is here, and we are going to be overwhelmed with calls for help in the next three months. Most strays have worms and usually another parasite or two, including fleas. If we are lucky they don't have anything more serious that requires urgent care or euthanization. We get ALL animals in our care vetted and spayed/neutered when the time is right.







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