|Barked: Thu Mar 15, '12 5:26pm PST |
|My family and I have created and run our own rescue group out of our house for many years and, though we didn't have too many puppies, we had many, many kittens go through us. A good portion of these kittens were incredibly young and needed to be hand-raised and bottle-fed; a whole litter even at one point needed to be entirely raised by hand from birth because there were issues with the mama cat. And let me tell you, after all those sleep-less nights of getting up every three to four hours to feed itty-bitty kittens, and seeing their eyes slowly open and hearing there cries for YOU whenever you come into the room, and watching them grow bigger and slowly putting them on solids foods and teaching them to use a litter box (and subsequently watching them try and EAT the litter ), and as they steadily become more and more active and playful...only to watch them leave once they are old enough...it really is heartbreaking. Even though I KNOW they all, ever one of them, ended up in great homes...it really is such a bitter-sweet moment when you see them leave after everything you've done for them.
The only thing that made it better for me was knowing that they are, in fact, going to great homes and just being proud of the ones that did make it. Because, sadly, having so many kittens you are bound to lose some. So I'm just happy in knowing that, because of me, these kitties had a chance at life when they might not have had otherwise.
And then I always tear up a bit when I realize how quiet the house has become
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