This pet rescue story is an entry in the Most Heartwarming Story Contest, by Helen Woodward Animal Center. The Most Heartwarming Story Contest is open to any and all participating Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays pet organizations. The winner will win $500 for their facility or rescue! Your organization can become a Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays partner today. This story will now have an opportunity to be featured in the finalist pool in February, 2014.
Kitten Brothers Adopted Together
By Kitty Save, located in Lewisville, Texas
Everyone wanted the polydactyl kitten. In a cage in the city shelter with his mother, brother, and sister, he was too young to be adopted and available only to a rescue organization. Many had asked about him, and all were turned down because they wanted only him. Except the pet rescue called Kitty Save. Staff at Kitty Save took the entire family from the noisy shelter and placed them in a quiet foster home where Mommy could nurture her babies.
Sadly, a reality of being in a shelter is being exposed to disease and, within days, the kittens were sick. The mommy indulged and coddled her babies while we medicated and nebulized them, bathing each as we returned them to her. Then one day, there were only two babies. The tiny sister never had the strength or reserve to combat the upper respiratory infection which had invaded her lungs. We lost her.
In due time, the remaining boys recovered and morphed into supercharged little mischief-makers, racing up and down the daisy-chained dog crates that was their home, leaping over their ever-patient mother if she happened to be lounging in their way, looping around the covered litter box, and dashing back to the other end, often using her as their leaping hurdle.
We named them Tommy Two Thumbs and Guido, and named their mommy Sloan. Actually, Tommy had three thumbs on each forepaw but “two thumbs” had a nicer ring to it. And when he stood, his feet drew giggles because they looked like huge frying pans!
With their growing strength and size, we separated them from their mommy for the first time ever, taking them off to their neuter surgery. After their big day at the vet, we returned the boys to Sloan who provided comfort and something warm and soft to snuggle against.
Eventually, we moved Sloan into our adoption center and posted profiles of all three on our website. The interest in Tommy Two Thumbs was staggering so we had to sort through the inquiries to see which ones were wanting to give him a home and which ones considered him a novelty. Within a few days, we chose the best family possible. The problem was that the family lived five hours away, far outside our local area. Still, something steered us toward accepting them as his new family. We then sent them a little video of Tommy and Guido wrestling and playing. We sent them a “baby” picture of the boys curled up in one another’s arms. Right after that, the family asked if Guido was also available for adoption. Excited, we responded a solid “Yes!” So, the family decided that both boys would become their new kitties.
The day the family arrived to meet the boys and take them home was one of cheer and sorrow churning together. The foster mom adored both of them. Tommy Two Thumbs and Guido had never been without one another, ever. But this was their chance. Now, they would live and play together for the rest of their kitty years.
During the 2013 Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign (Oct. 1, 2013 – Jan. 2, 2014), participating animal organizations are encouraged to enter heartwarming adoption success stories. Submissions can be made weekly by snail mail, fax or email, and at the end of each week Helen Woodward Animal Center will select a winning story to be featured on this very blog! After the campaign ends on Jan. 2, 2014, the weekly winning stories will be compiled into a pool and voted on by partnered organizations, animal welfare fans and the public. The story with the most votes will win a $500 donation for their animal organization and will be announced on Helen Woodward Animal Center’s blog in February, 2014. For more rules and guidelines, please click here.