I thus replied back to the foster volunteer:
“We will take the grey and white family of five and I will find foster homes for the remaining litters plus their mamas.”
The foster coordinator was floored as they had run out of foster homes and were resigned to the fact that you just cannot help every cat or kitten in need.
“You are an angel,” she replied, as tears splashed down on her keyboard.
So in a flurry of activity usually reserved for the last day of Christmas shopping, my daughters and I set to work creating fliers, posting on Facebook and emailing everyone we knew with the following photos and alert:
These kittens will be EUTHANIZED on Monday, May 23rd, if foster homes are not found before then.
If you are willing to open your heart and home to these kittens please call Teresa with CAWS (Community Animal Welfare Society) and she will arrange to have them delivered to you.
Fostering only requires providing these little fur balls a home for 6 to 9 weeks until they are weaned/spayed/neutered (by CAWS) and able to be put up for adoption. All health costs are also covered. You do not have to find permanent homes, CAWS will do that, which makes having kittens so much fun!
With our hot-off-the-press fliers in hand, my daughters helped me pass them out after school, at the grocery store and in our neighborhood. Unfortunately, many children innocently asked us “what is euthanizing?” And when we explained, they were shocked, horrified, stunned…. “Why, would anyone want to kill a kitten?”
I somberly replied, “No one wants to kill kittens, but if our society does not have someone to take care of them, that is what happens.”
“But it is so unfair!” the kids implored.
“Yes, it is deeply unfair, I responded with sadness. “And that is why you must always have your cats and dogs spayed or neutered so that we stop bringing so many unwanted animals into the world.”