Four Homeless Cats Get A Happy Thanksgiving

 |  Nov 24th 2010  |   6 Contributions


These kittens will enjoy a happy Thanksgiving in their new "forever home."

Earlier this week, a couple called Forgotten Felines, an all-volunteer rescue group in Maine, looking for some kittens. The catch: they wanted at least one that was buff-colored.

Forgotten Felines didn't have any buff-colored kittens in its network of foster homes. But then one of the organization's contacts called, asking for help to save some cats from "death row." The Forgotten Felines team took action, and when they arrived to rescue the kittens they found a three-month-old buff kitten and his orange brother.

A quick call to the couple searching for that pale-orange kitten later, the kittens were delivered to their new home, where it was love at first sight. And now the two feline brothers will enjoy a happy Thanksgiving in their new "forever home."

Tigger no longer has to live in a cage because rescue groups from Georgia to Connecticut came together to find him a new home. Photo by Betsy Merchant

Tigger's owner died and nobody among the owner's friends and family were able to take the 3- or 4-year-old orange tabby in. As a result, Tigger found himself at the Henry County Animal Care and Control shelter in McDonough, Georgia. Henry County is a high-kill shelter, but the staff there are willing to work with licensed Georgia rescues to find new homes for the cats in their care.

The word about Tigger's plight quickly spread across the internet, and on Wednesday he got his reprieve. He will be spending a happy Thanksgiving in his new foster home, where he will be able to move past his grief and face a happier future.

In early October, Ace the bengal cat was stolen away from his home at PurrEver Ranch & Sanctuary in Tennessee. After weeks of searching, calls to animal control and area vets, appeals to the media, and even an offer of a reward, PurrEver founder and sole caretaker Rita Wood had begun to despair that she would never see her "leopard man" again.

Rita Wood and Ace the cat were reunited just in time for Thanksgiving.

But two weeks ago, Wood received a call that filled her heart with joy: Ace had been found!

On November 13, a waitress discovered Ace, hungry and injured, near the restaurant where she worked -- a good 15 miles from Ace's home at PurrEver -- and took him into her home. Although it broke their hearts to do so, Ace's rescuers returned him to Rita, and he is now back home at PurrEver Ranch and making up for lost snuggles with Rita and his kitty "wife."

Tigger, Ace, and the buff-colored kittens have a lot to be thankful for. But these are just three of the thousands of happy endings that happen every day of the year because of the work of rescuers and shelters around the nation. As we pause to give thanks for the blessings in our own lives, let's also take some time to give thanks for the people who dedicate their hearts, energy, and often their personal finances, to saving the lives of our feline friends.

[Sources: Forgotten Felines, Covered in Cat Hair, and PurrEver Ranch]

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