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Five Kittens Need Homes Soon (Illinois)

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Mittens

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Purred: Wed Sep 25, '13 11:26am PST 
Hello! I thought this might be a good place to get the word out. Let me first explain the situation. My neighborhood has been overrun with feral and stray cats and I came to the conclusion that no one was going to do anything about it...so I did. I contacted local group "Operation SAFE" (see their site here: http://operationsafe.org/) and thus started the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) Rescue. Thus far we have fixed twelve cats, the majority of which were feral or borderline feral. Two of the tame males, along with a skittish kitten, have chosen to hang around my house and so I continue to feed them and have set up a shelter for them.

During the TNR process a very tame, sweet (but extremely skinny) cat started coming around. This cat is Mittens (who I'm posting with) and at first we planned to have her spayed along with the others...until we noticed her tummy. She was nursing, she had kittens somewhere, so we had to let her go. With the help of a good friend of ours we were able to get Mittens to lead us to her babies. They were about ten days old when we found them, and because mama Mittens is so tame we just took the entire family inside.

I have to be honest, I'm not well off financially and the only way I was able to do the TNR at all is thanks to the fundraiser I started and all the wonderful people who donated to the cause. With their help I was able to raise $300 to spay/neuter, vaccinate and de-worm all the cats I have (which, for all of that, is $15 per cat through OS) and upkeep care for the kittens.

The kittens aren't quite old enough to be fixed and vaccinated (they must weigh at least two pounds first) but they should be ready mid-late October. Since we're doing this through OS they'll have to have their ear tips (please see Nala's page for how that looks: http://www.catster.com/cats/1308427) I can't afford to opt out of that, it's three times as much per cat. If anyone is interested in adopting and would prefer to opt out of the ear tip and have the spay/neuter done through their own vet just let me know. I'm more than happy to work with you, just want to make sure these babies get fixed.

I'm located in Peoria, Illinois but transport to anywhere within the state might be possible...I know a few people who have done animal rescue transports before. I would prefer local though because I would like to do a home visit and/or vet check. I can't tell you how hard it's going to be to let these kittens go, but I simply can't keep them all. Please, indoor homes only. I want these babies to be safe and sound - and no declawing. Now, on to the kittens....

Starshine: http://www.catster.com/cats/1308393
Binx: http://www.catster.com/cats/1308395
Danny: http://www.catster.com/cats/1308397
Walter: http://www.catster.com/cats/1308399
Patches: http://www.catster.com/cats/1308403

They're being raised among both dogs and other cats so they should fit into just about any home.

PS: Mama Mittens is staying with us, she's adopted us.

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Tigger

Knead softly &- carry a big purr
 
 
Purred: Sun Sep 29, '13 11:29am PST 
how awesome! is there a shelter that you can connect with to get the word out on these babies? I have had a few of my feral kittens get placed even with ear tips - I would call some places for help. They may not be able to take them, but to help you network. What about Petfinder? I do not know if individuals can post pets on there. Can your TNR sponsor help? I use Tripe R Pets, but we are in Cook County - I am in Chicago. Many places are full right now, but may be able to take them in a month or so - at least that is what I was told by several places I called when I was just trying to place a kitten this week. Maybe try a notice in several vet offices. NOT in the paper or for free - that is too risky. Good luck!

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Mittens

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Purred: Mon Sep 30, '13 9:06am PST 
Thanks, Tigger! I hate for them to have their ears tipped seeing as they've been indoors and hand-raised since they were ten days old, but I don't have much choice. confused Anyway it doesn't look bad, at least I don't think so - and as the volunteer with OS said "would you love your child any less if they had their ear pierced?" laugh out loud

I have reached out to a few local shelters and rescue groups but they're all full and have waiting lists six plus months long. I'll try seeing if any would allow me to network them, perhaps through their Facebook pages. Petfinder used to have a classifieds but they don't anymore (I forget why they took that off) I'd never list them as free or use some place like craigslist (far too many horror stories) I want to be careful and suggest a home visit or vet check with anyone interested, I might just be paranoid but I don't think you can be too careful these days.
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Tigger

Knead softly &- carry a big purr
 
 
Purred: Mon Sep 30, '13 2:02pm PST 
I agree - that is why I was so picky to find a place for Pearl. There is a place in Homer Glen called TLC (Tender Loving Care Shelter). They were going to take Pearl if I couldn't find another spot for her. It is a no kill shelter - and I think they ask $15 for each kitten. The place I found is on the north side of Chicago, so I know that is far for you, and I was lucky to get her in, as they usually rescue from the other shelters. It is so frustrating....you could try Paws TInley Park too - they told me to try every couple days to see if they have an opening. I know these places are a little far, but if all else fails it may work.
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