So we’ve been thinking long and hard about what’s the best right thing to do for Mama Kitty and her babies.
And we’ve decided to do nothing.
Wednesday evening, Jen had a heart-to-heart with Mama. Jen told her that her babies can’t stay in our yard and that if she insisted they do, we’d have to remove them. Sometime after that, she moved them.
Oh they still came back to eat. And last night they were having a grand old time at dusk just ripping and running and playing back by the fence. But they are now sleeping elsewhere, and I think we can live together with that arrangement.
This whole experience has taught me alot about animal rescue.
Like there’s alot of folks out there doing it, and yet there’s still a huge unfulfilled need.
And there are no good outcomes for feral cats.
I know what they face. And I know that if they live a couple years around here, they’ll have lived a long life. At least we’ll share our food with them. Mama will be spayed just as soon as Jen is available and can trap Mama on a day that the clinic’s open (thank you SOOO much Joyce Sykes for helping pay for that!!!). And if they live that long, these babies will also be TNR’d.
Would I like to be able to offer a better life to these kittens? Certainly. But I can’t. I also feel the same way about many of the children I see through the course of my work. I want their outcomes to be better also, but there’s not much I can do about that either.
But at least I can offer a little comfort to an otherwise harsh life. And that’ll have to do.