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The Day I Saved 32 Kittens

I didn’t expect our “Save the Kittens” mission to turn into a soapbox or an eye-opening reality check for children, but I guess that was inevitable given the sad story we were sharing.

Our neighbor, Christine, who already has six kids, a dog and a cat, was the first to say “Sure, why not, my home is already a circus!!”  I hugged her and wept for joy. My daughters, Sophia and Ella, danced in a circle, clapping their little hands with glee.

Then our nanny agreed to take a litter and then the postman and before we knew it, we had found foster homes for every mama and every kitten that was on Monday’s death row. HALLELUJAH!  I couldn’t believe we did it – and in three days. My daughters were beside themselves – as was I.

On Monday, Sophia’s teacher asked the students to write in their journals about what they did over the weekend. Sophia wrote:

“This weekend, I saved 32 kittens from being euthanized. Euthanize means to kill.  Saving these kittens is the best thing I have ever done in my whole life.  I helped my mom find foster families. We are fostering one family too. The family has four grey and white kittens. My favorite kitten is Teddy. I am soooo glad we saved these kittens from being killed.”

I am so glad we saved these kittens and their mamas too.  I agree wholeheartedly with Sophia, this was one of the “best things I have ever done in my whole life too.” Afterall, it is not everyday that you save a life, let alone thirty-two!

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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6:28AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

Everybody can do the same

7:41AM PDT on Aug 18, 2013

Thank you!

3:19PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

You are so fortunate to have a group like CAWS. I routinely rescue pregnant mommas and their babies, but get no help from local shelters. I have to foot the bill for all care and vet bills, as well as try to find final adoption homes. All the local groups say only too full, can't help. If you found them, they are your problem.
Last season I had 3 batches of recuees. On pregnant momma who had her litter the night I brought her in, on Momma so young and tiny she couldn't cary her babies, and was pushing he infant babies across the street towards my house when we found her. The saddest was a family of older cats, all fixed and shots and declawed, who belonged to a woman who worked for a vet. But one day she didn't some home. When her house was forclosed her family wanted nothing to do with any of her possesions. The management delivered her cats to me saying if I did't take them, they would be put down. I tried to find foster or homes thinking that all the expensive stuff is done, it should be easy as they are already adults and so sweet. But no one wants older cats. I cannot mix them with the rest as they have no claws--so they have my library, litter one had the cat room, and litter two had the master bath. My other cats were very upset. I have since managed to find homes for several of the babies and one momma, but still have the adults, 3 babies (now 6 and 7 months old, fixed with shots) and one momma --plus my own cats and all the adult strays outdoors (that I have duti

5:50AM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Happy dance for all kitties! You love your cat have him or her fixed!

5:38PM PST on Jan 5, 2013

this made me cry! thank you so much for saving them!!!

10:22AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

wonderful and keep up the good work! from a fellow kitten fosterer

2:34PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Made me tearful but in a good way.We can all be inspired by this loving family.

7:33PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

You make fostering kittens &. Mama sound wonderful. I always worry about foster fail, and I'm not sure how my family cats would react.

3:24AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Lovely story thank you for what you did. However here in UK this would not happen, sanctuaries do not euthanise animals just because nobody wants them. Why do they do that? It's beyond my understanding. The sanctuaries ask for donations, they do sales, have shops with second hand things to make money, etc. etc.

3:25PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Several years ago I took in a pregnant stray cat. Her kittens were a lot of fun, but eventually they had to find their forever homes. A friend took in one, and the others went to my local PetSmart on their adopt-a-cat days so I know that they went with responsible people who had them "fixed." Mama Kitty had the Big Snip, too, and she has been a wonderful pet ever since!

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