A senior woman from San Diego suddenly became homeless and had nowhere to go. Which meant neither did her multiple cats and kittens. Then, rescuers pulled off what they called a miracle, circling the wagons to save them.
A team of volunteers pulled together as the woman caring for over 19 cats and kittens lost her home. After finding herself out on the streets, she tried to save the cats, three of which were mamas with babies. You can imagine how tragic the situation was with only her car for a shelter and all those cats.
One saving grace for the poor woman was springtime and not freezing weather, and another was Love Your Feral Felines (LYFF), who support the area of San Diego County.
Homeless with Over 19 Cats in One Car!
With so many cats and kittens, the local shelter didn’t have enough room. With no shelter, the woman attempted to find a motel, but finding a place that accepts even one cat is a huge challenge, not to mention the expense.
“The shelter did not have enough space to help and, left with no other options; the woman was planning to find a motel for the night and do all she could to keep the kittens alive,” LYFF shared.
Pulling Off a Miracle
Alerted to the life-or-death situation, LYFF had to act fast, pulling off a miracle. They had a “big emotional day” as volunteers came to the rescue, and a veterinarian cared for the struggling cats.
“As soon as we heard of this life-or-death situation, we pulled all our resources together to pull off this save. From emergency transports, medical intakes for all the cats, baths, and finding fosters at short notice, we were able to pull off this miracle. All in all, we were able to rescue 19 cats and kittens. Sadly, one kitten had passed by the time we arrived, and one further cat did not make it, but we were able to help the cat pass peacefully with the help of our vet.”
People Finding Themselves Homeless with Pets
With all the medical needs for such a large group of kitties, the rescuers need help to ensure they are cared for. After the cats and kittens are healthy and ready, they will be available for adoption in the San Diego area. We hope this unnamed woman found help and is in a safe, caring place too! With sky-high housing costs, many others have found themselves living in their cars with their pets, a tragic trend made worse during the pandemic. According to some reports, waiting lists for affordable housing can be backed up for 5 to 10 years. It’s a daily struggle for so many people trying to get by and affects people of all walks of life.
While the homeless woman seeks affordable shelter, at least she knows her beloved cats will be in the best of hands.
Help Rescuers and Adopt Cute Companions
While rescuers are overloaded nationwide with kittens needing help, you can help in many ways. One way is adopting, which frees up room so they can save more animals. As we’ve shared before, adopting kittens in duos or trios of bonded siblings can actually make it easier for caretakers. They work out all the wild energy with one another and provide funny antics for your amewsment.
How about this cutie named Chef Boyardee and his siblings Spaghettio and Kid Cuisine?
The rescuers care for many kittens as the spring kitten season madness begins. Thanks to their help, they grow up fast and require “lots and lots of kitten food!” While these little kitties are among the cutest things on Earth, it’s overwhelming for thousands of rescues trying to give them a chance at a healthy, happy life.