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!