Thursday, February 22, 2007

Abandoned Kitten

Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

The adoption volunteer and I went down to pick up the kittens and they were waiting in a box. Someone had dumped them in the garbage area. As the charity that had the kittens dumped on them worked with people who were disabled, they said it wouldn't be safe for the kittens to be allowed to roam about when there were a lot of people on wheelchairs about.

The two girls who contacted us were lovely, but there was a rather surly guard who was trying to tell us we could not pull into the building. We also found that one of the kittens had disappeared. After searching high and low, one of the girls thought to ask the guard and it turned out he knew where it was all along, according to the adoption volunteer. The kitten was stuck between some wooden crates and had its leg stuck. The volunteer said it was starting to turn cold by the time she pulled it out.

Fortunately by the time they arrived at the foster's home, they were all active and running around. They had huddled together frightened in the carrier until we got there and had not made a sound.

Anyone want to adopt this cutie or one of her three siblings?

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Anonymous autumnpiglet said...

Awww, so cute!

A bit tough for me to adopt one. Fostering one right now and my cat is a definite snob who's not happy with the new kid.

22/2/07 8:48 PM  
Blogger iWooiBlog said...

Aiyoh, Super Super Super Cute leh!!

Reminds me how I love kittens and how I miss my Teh Cee when she was still a kitten!!

Tough for me now too... the main question is whether my Teh Cee would welcome a new member or not? I have read and heard so many how adult or bigger cats are very territorial and bully, even bite new kittens??

Hope they find a new home soon, cheers

22/2/07 9:03 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

We hope so too! Though they're such cuties, it will hopefully not be too tough to find a good new home.

22/2/07 10:12 PM  
Blogger Profpig ^@^ said...


Mini version of my Pebble! I know my ble is not so receptive so I won't dare say I can take 1.

Dawn - Talking about adoption, the other time I tried to adopt one from the CWS webby but the lady was really not very cooperative when I said I would like to bring the kitty home to see if my cat can socialise with it. She insisted that once adopted there's no return. This way it makes us cat owners very reluctant to try as we don't want the kitties to end up homeless again. Maybe CWS can try to advise these fosters so that many kitties are not forced into homes with fierce cats? This will also ease the fosters' minds that the kitties are in good hands?

22/2/07 10:44 PM  
Blogger Profpig ^@^ said...

iWooiBlog - BTW, cats are very neow when it comes to other cats. Mine decided to stay outside the flat when I save a kitten and brought it to nurse. It will not let anyone who has touched the kitten touch it and will not come in unless it's hungry. Mine was like Tom and the kitten was like Jerry.

22/2/07 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so cuuuute! :) :) :)

LOVE grey tabbies. have 2 of me own and a ginger tabby boy too. :)

22/2/07 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you have a resident cat or simply not sure how the new kitten would fit into your home, ask for a trial period of 1-2 weeks to see how it would work out. There will be fosters who would like a short trial period to make sure their cats go to reasonably good homes too. If the foster is not agreeable to a short trial period, write in for another cat.
Adoption volunteer

22/2/07 11:20 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes Profpig - most people are actually happy to have a trial period, because it gives them a chance to see whether you like the cat, and whether they like YOU :) At the end of the day though, it is their cat and their decision. As the adoption volunteer suggested, write in and ask for another cat if the one you are interested in does not want a trial period. I think some may also be concerned that the adopters are not serious - there have also been people who take cats on long,long trials and then return them months later by which time they can't be re-adopted.

22/2/07 11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally I would rather the adopter return the cat if (god forbid)he/she doesnt want it anymore rather than dump it elsewhere...

23/2/07 12:18 AM  
Blogger Hai Woo said...

Profpig ^@^, yeap you are very right on there... so for us cat lovers and cat owners, it is probably not whether we want or we like the new addition, hey, we always love these cutties right?

It is more like whether our cats would love or welcome the new addition!! They (cats) call the shot!! :-)

I have a (single) friend who stays in a 3-rm flat alone and started only with 1 cat, she now has 3 cats, but always joke she has 3 seperate personalities children. And the 3 cats don't stay together!! They have their own spaces at home and never cross each other's path, although initially when the new addition came in, they fought.


23/2/07 1:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is good to specify a fixed trial adoption period so a decision could be made. It could be extended by 1-2 weeks by mutual agreement esp if resident cat needs more time to accept the new addition.

If adopter wants to adopt the cat permanently & foster is happy with the care given to the cat by the adopter - cat should be adopted after 1-2 weeks of trial period.

If foster&adopter are not sure/bothered and the trial period drags on....the cat's future is in limbo.
Then out of the blue, the foster wants the cat back (& adopter had bonded with cat) or the adopter wants to return the cat (& there is no room for the cat at the foster), there will be disputes & unhappiness.
It would not be fair to at least one party and especially to the cat concerned.

If a cat has to be returned, do give at least a few days' notice so a place could be arranged for the cat to be comfortably housed.

23/2/07 1:34 AM  
Blogger Mezzo said...

omg, kittehs! smooshable little kittehs!


23/2/07 10:46 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Funny how little kittens do that to people :)

23/2/07 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awww..really the magic the kittens can do to one.. it made me talk in a funny way. I kept a kitten my dad rescued from the canal couple mths back during the rainy season. My dad wanted to release him in my area after he managed to revive the poor little kitty but I plead to keep it.
I am so happy with my little addition. He actually jumped into my arms when I open them up and I thot i only see this in comics when I see the cats happily leaped into their owner's arms. I wonder if most cats do that too? :)

23/2/07 1:02 PM  
Blogger Profpig ^@^ said...

Cool! All of you are right. We always have love for another cat! A trial period is great like what all of you say cos I really think both sides should be responsible.

Dawn is right too. Some people hoard the kittens for a long time then later send them back to their fosters again. Sad right?

My cat owns me. It calls the shots.

BTW, kittens are so adorable. There was once I gave one who was crying a container of very warm water cos it has lost its mummy. It just curled around it to sleep contentedly. How nice if life is as simple as that. But, that's just one lucky cat.

23/2/07 1:09 PM  

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