Four helpless baby kittens were left alone at a shelter, with no one to take care of them. That was until the Wrenn Rescues co-founder, Alissa Smith, was notified of their desperate situation. With barely 15 minutes left, she knew she had to act fast to save these 10-day-old babies. Thankfully, a networking group came together to safely transport them to Alissa and her team in Ventura County, California.
The kittens had been found in someone’s yard with their mother, but unfortunately, she quickly escaped, leaving the babies behind. Alissa noted that, “The kittens were clearly properly cared about by their cat mom.” However, it’s common for orphaned kittens to never see their mom again once they arrive at a shelter. That’s why it’s crucial to leave kittens where they are found and wait for their mother to return, rather than transporting them to a shelter.
Ashley and Jenifer from the shelter were prepared to hand-rear the kittens until they were nursed, but something unexpected happened. The people who dropped off the kittens went back home to find the mother cat frantically searching for her babies. They were able to catch her and bring her in, reuniting her with her beloved kittens the very next day.
At first, the mother was hesitant and cautious. She refused to drop her shipping box until Ashley removed one of her babies. “I put a baby in front of her and she calmed down immediately,” Ashley explained. “We used it to lure her from the carrier.” As soon as she saw her babies, she rushed towards them and started breastfeeding. The mama cat began purring loudly while feeding her tiny furballs shortly after.
“I don’t think we’ve ever seen something so touching,” Alissa said. “It’s incredible that this miracle happened. It’s an understatement to say that the reunion went well.” The joy and love between the mother cat and her kittens were palpable, and it was evident that they were meant to be together.
As foster parents to newborn kittens, Alissa and her team do everything they can to make their fosters happy, comfortable, and content. But nothing compares to the delightful experience of having a mother cat laying with her kittens. “She is a patient mother whose joy at being reunited with her kittens is evident. These are the luckiest and happiest children,” Ashley explained.
This heartwarming reunion of the mother cat and her babies is a reminder of the importance of keeping families together, whether human or animal. We should do everything in our power to support and care for these innocent creatures, who rely on us for their well-being. Let’s spread the message of love and compassion for animals and share this story with everyone we know. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of these precious beings.