MY BLOG WAS FORMERLY KNOWN AS, "STONEY HILL CABIN", BUT WE'VE MOVED TO THE COUNTRY AND I NO LONGER HAVE A BACKYARD CABIN. THIS WONDERFUL OLD HOUSE WAS BUILT IN 1919 AND I OFTEN WONDER ABOUT HOW THIS AREA LOOKED BACK THEN. WE'RE JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM THE SMALL TOWN OF LIBERTY AND SINCE WE HOPE THIS WILL BE THE FAMILY GATHERING PLACE, I DECIDED "LIBERTY HOMESTEAD" WOULD BE A FITTING NAME. OUR BIG RED BARN IS NOW A SAFE HAVEN FOR OUR RESCUED CATS AND THEY SEEM TO HAVE ADJUSTED WELL. NEIGHBORS WAVE AS THEY PASS AND WE LOVE WATCHING THE TRACTORS, PLOWS, AND COMBINES ON THE ROADS AND IN THE FIELDS AT PLANTING AND HARVEST TIMES. THIS FEELS LIKE HOME.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE......

You know the adage....."If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". This is a long story but I'll try to shorten it and say we thought we had Misty and her kittens headed for a forever home over the weekend. I have a friend in Columbus whose sister helped in the rescue of the cat family. She was in touch with someone who had seen my online photos of the kittens and mama. The person was speaking for her mother, who we were told, wanted the mama cat AND the kittens. She assured my friend's sister that she and her family loved animals, were advocates of spaying and neutering, and planned to keep the cats indoors. That all sounded very good - music to my ears - except that I had a few reservations. I asked questions and my friend's sister asked questions. We received the correct answers, at least the ones we needed to hear, but there was a nagging inner voice that told me something just wasn't right.
 
My reservations had a lot to do with the fact I'd not had the kittens to the vet so they'd not been wormed nor vaccinated and I wasn't sure this new owner would be prompt in getting those things done. All of that was to have been done at the pet adoption center in Columbus after they'd been weaned, but that option had not yet become available. It's "kitty season" and all the agencies are overwhelmed with litters of kittens this time of year so I should have realized the initial assurance of placing the kittens after I fostered them for 8 weeks was also too good to be true, though I do believe the man who gave those assurances was doing so in good faith. 
 
We took the kittens and Misty to Columbus, not knowing what was to happen. We had planned to work on clearing out my mother's house, so the trip was to be two-fold, but while my friend's sister was on her way to Mom's house to pick up Misty and her kittens, she received a call from the prospective cat owner's daughter. It seemed her mother had happened across someone offering free Siamese kittens and decided she didn't want mine. At first I was a bit upset, but then quickly decided if the prospective cat owner was that unreliable, I should be  grateful she didn't take my kittens. My friend's sister generously offered to take Misty and the kittens to her home and figure out something from there, but it wasn't her fault things happened as they did. She had been more than kind to try to help, even to the point of helping finance their spays and neuters. I told her I'd take Misty and the kittens home with me. Once back in their room, they began to run and play as if nothing had happened. If they had experienced any trauma, it had been shortlived. I took the furry family to the vet yesterday to have them checked for feline leukemia and begin vaccinations. It gave me peace of mind to have them pronounced healthy.  
 
Today two people indicated they knew others who might  want kittens so we'll see what happens. I don't easily give up on finding loving homes for kittens. This will work out as it's supposed to. In the meantime, they are happy and safe here with me.

 DUSTIN IS BECOMING MORE OUTGOING . . .   
 . . . BUT HE'S NOT ALWAYS SURE ABOUT THE CAMERA
 SIMON SAYS, LOOK HANDSOME
 DUSTIN IS SUCH A SWEET BOY 
 SOFIE IS STILL A BIT CAMERA-SHY . . .
 . . . BUT SHE LOVES PLAYING WITH MAMA'S TAIL
 BRIGHT-EYED AND BUSHY-TAILED
  NAP TIME - SOFIE HAD A BUSY WEEKEND


 

4 comments:

Cathy said...

What a nice story, and I'm sorry that other home didn't work out, but I think it wasn't meant to be like you said. I pray that each kitten finds a very loving home for its life time, and that each are always healthy and happy! Our cat Patches died last year at age 23.5 years old. We got her in SE Ohio from someone who lived in a place that didn't look fit for cats. My heart went out to Patches at 8 weeks, and I took her. She was a great cat! ♥♥♥

Merilyn said...

These things happen for a very good reason Kady! Your instincts are always spot on, and I'm glad they are safe back at home with you! They definitely deserve genuine loving homes with reliable people, it'll happen all in good time!!! In the meantime enjoy them, love them, after their very rough start, they are precious!!!!

Kady said...

Cathy....how wonderful that you gave Patches such a loving home and a long life. I'm sure my little foster kittens will find homes eventually. They'll be 9 weeks old tomorrow and that's a good age for adoption.

Kady said...

Merilyn....I also believe things happen for reasons even if we don't immediately understand them. I'm content to have the mama cat and kittens here until caring people adopt them. I will indeed love them and enjoy them until then.