Shannon Kirkman was nursing 14 kittens when she adopted Izabelle from the municipal shelter, but only a couple of them were her own.
Kirkman, foster and adoption coordinator for Best Friends Animal Society, told The Dodo, “She was in a home with two other adult female cats who were all pregnant at the same time.” “However, because the other two mother cats were not feeding their babies, the owners gathered all of the other kittens to check whether Izabelle could care for them. And she succeeded.”
The owners ultimately decided that they had too many cats in their home, so they surrendered Izabelle and all 14 kittens to Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). From there, the ACC staff reached out to Best Friends Animal Society, and asked the group to help Izabelle and her unconventional family.
The kittens had come with names: Arcade, Mahko, Grizzly, Hyperion, Dill, Moose, Tiramisu, Curry, Zuko, Zeta, Aerya, Nyx, Mace and Swirl.
Izabelle’s expression when Kirkman first saw her was absolutely worn out, and Kirkman will never forget it.
“She is such a beautiful mom,” Kirkman said, “but she was plainly weary, dehydrated, and underweight after giving everything she had to the babies.” “When I took her up, she looked at us and said, ‘Help!’” says the narrator.
Izabelle had to look after the kittens in addition to producing milk for 14 newborns. She had to make sure the tiniest kittens got their fair portion of milk because some were bigger than others.
“We’re just looking for loving homes with people who would accept these kittens into their family, just as we would for any of our other animals in our program,” Kirkman said. “I think once Izabelle is spayed, and she’ll be ready to go, she’ll make a wonderful companion for just about any home she goes to.”