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A foundling


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Our neighbors’ cat got lost a few days ago. She must have got out in the morning as they left for work, and they spent two days doing what owners frantically do when their pets go missing, namely print flyers, talk to their neighbors and the neighborhood kids and spend hours walking around with cat food. She was an older cat who’s never been outside, and they were understandably upset and worried.


As professional cat owners we contributed a donation of a cat trap, moral support, cat food on our front porch and several walks around the neighborhood late at night, when the traffic dies down, and the night is still. So last Saturday night found us walking around the neighborhood around eleven thirty at night trying to spot one shy cat.  One shy cat was nowhere to be seen, but we did spot a very young cat sitting curled up on the steps of a townhouse.


We stopped to say hello, and the friendly kitten approached, gurgling something in cat and arching his back. He was very skinny, and allowed himself to be picked up without resistance, purring all the while. Offering to return him home, I knocked on the townhouse steps where the lights were still on, and asked the family who answered whether the kitten is theirs. 


“Oh no, no” came the answer.


“Well have you seen him around?” I asked,  “perhaps he’s your neighbors’ cat or anyone’s from around here?”


“No, no, he’s been around for a couple of days, but he doesn’t have a home” came the reply. “Perhaps you can take him?”


“Thanks, I sure can” I said. The kitten was not wearing a collar, had no tattoo, and was skin and bones.


The kitten was still sitting contentedly on my shoulder during this conversation, so we traced our steps home, got in the truck and drove to the wonderful 24 hr vet at the local plaza. The receptionist checked him for a microchip – none, tattoos – none, and said he can spend the night there, and be sent to the SPCA in the morning. She also mentioned that it looks like he has worms, his ears are dirty, his tail may have been damaged and he may be a barn cat, which would make him the friendliest barn cat I’ve ever seen.  Feeling like our good deed is done for the night we drove home.


A week later the vet phoned.


“The kitten you brought in is still here, any chance you want to take him?”


“Sure!” was my reflexive reply. No, we don’t need another cat, but over time we have fostered and adopted cats through a wonderful local shelter – The MEOW Foundation, and I was hoping they could place him for adoption on their website if we foster him at our house. Like many no-kill shelters they are perpetually running at above capacity, and they hardly ever have room at their facility. Fortunately they agreed, and the kitten arrived at our house that same night. He’s been cleaned and de-wormed and was looking wonderful. The vet staff named him Stretch which fits him wonderfully as he has a very long and lean torso.


Soon he’ll be neutered and micro-chipped and be ready to go to his permanent home. His incredibly sweet and affectionate nature will likely get him placed very quickly, but in the meantime he’s enjoying his place in the sun.

 Foundling - stretched

Foundling  - catnap

Foundling - sun


Oh and the neighbors’ cat? Was found under a deck of the house directly behind them. Luckily the cat didn’t make it far, and was spotted by a caring soul. Which is a great happy ending.




8 comments to A foundling

  • What beautiful pictures of your cat and what a heartwarming story. I’m glad your neighbor found their cat, too! I hope this cat works out well for you and that it didn’t learn too many bad habits! It’s so sweet of you to take it in and give it a home.

  • What a gorgeous kitty!

    I’m glad your neighbour’s cat was found.

    Our boys never go outside.

  • I love happy endings! And you’re amazingly kind and loving to these homeless yet loving souls. I too am a softie for furry faces and wish I could take all the animals home with me from the humane society.

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    @ Miss Daisy – thanks! I’m super happy the neighbor found her cat – she was literally in tears, and I know how sad it is when they go missing. I wish we had tracking technology in their microchips. Since we have three cats it was easy to find room for one more – at least temporarily 🙂

    @ Teena in TO – he is very cute! Our cats never go outside either, and neither does the neighbors cat, they figure she must have snuck out while they were leaving through the garage. She’s a shy cat too, so she wouldn’t have asked for help either…

    @ Water Roots – me too!!! And I’m not taking all the credit for kindness – there are tons of us animal lovers out there, and some volunteers really go the distance. But I have a philosophy that until I’m a part of the solution I shouldn’t open my mouth about the cause…. and I like to be vocal on the subject 🙂 And yes, if I could I’d run a sanctuary right here… but as long as there are people adopting pets, and promoting neutering we’re making progress. 🙂

  • As a ‘mom’ to more strays than I can count THANKS so much for what you do. Our local shelter is a ‘no kill’ for dogs but alas cats are not as lucky. I’m so glad the neighbors found theirs and have great hopes that you little kitten will find a forever home, Kim

  • He looks pretty much at home stretched out in that chair 😉 You may not want to let him go when the time comes. Cheers!

  • He’s a cutie. It’s great that you were able to give him a home.

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    @ the inadvertent farmer – you rock! Thanks to you as well – it takes genuine kindness to keep a stray. I know cats aren’t as lucky very often, there’s just more of them. The kitten is very cute and the city quite big, so I’m sure he’ll find a home quickly. 🙂

    @ Avis – I know! And he gets along with resident cats quite well, providing entertainment to their routine lives. But he has a very good chance to get adopted, so it’ll free us up to find more 🙂

    @ Patience – he sure is. Thanks so much for stopping by. We just thought we have three cats, what’s one more? lol

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