When Margie Morris went to work last Thursday, she discovered two cardboard boxes sitting just outside the door where she was working. Morris works as a director at a cat rescue facility in Mobile, Alabama called Project Purr Animal Rescue, and she was surprised to see the cardboard boxes, which were stacked on top of the other.
The moment she saw the boxes, she knew right away that someone has decided to leave their cat at the shelter. Morris immediately called one of her colleagues and when they checked the box, they found two adorable orange kittens and their mother.
When they checked the other box, it was empty. They thought that the abandoned cat or cats may have escaped from the box, which has loosely wrapped duct tape.
“As it turned out, on Saturday morning, there was another cat spotted running around the parking lot of our little strip mall, and myself and three team volunteers tried to catch her,” Morris told The Dodo. “She was getting up in the car engines … and we couldn’t catch her. It was pouring down rain. We tried to bribe her with food, but we just were unsuccessful. We’re hoping that she’s still out there somewhere — we’ve been leaving food out, but we have not seen her.”
The Project Purr team named the mother cat Caroline and the two kittens, Shilo and Neil. Volunteers at the center immediately searched for the missing cat or cats in the whole area that surrounds their facility.
They also provided medical attention to the mother cat and her two orange kittens and gave them a space they can be safe.
“We set up a little bed and a little kennel for her to keep them safe,” Morris said. “We’re giving her extra cat food with vitamins.”
“As small as they are, the kittens will play, and they’re wrestling each other and jumping around, and they cuddle up next to the mom,” Morris added. “She loves them, and she’s taking very good care of them.”
Morris discovered something about Caroline. Although she is still nursing both Shilo and Neil, the mother cat appeared to be pregnant. She may have been become pregnant shortly after giving birth to the two orange kittens.
While the staff was able to notice that Caroline was pregnant, nobody prepared them for what was going to happen next.
Caroline went into labor, and everyone thought that it didn’t make sense since the two orange kittens are still pretty young – it would be impossible.
“I’m just grateful that she didn’t run away and leave the babies,” Morris said. “I think that might be the best thing I love about that cat — she did not leave those babies.”
The best mother cat in the world!
Caroline gave birth to four adorable kittens and she’s taking care of them along with Shilo and Neil. Morris added that the mother cat is the best mom ever.
The sad thing about this story is that Caroline and the two orange kittens are not the only cats dumped outside the shelter. They have so many cases like this and it even happened again recently.
“Somebody left a box of eight tuxedo kittens, and it looks like two different litters — three in one litter and five in the other litter,” Morris said. “It’s really unsafe for the cats because we’re not there in the evenings. And if we weren’t there, those kittens probably would have been dead — they would have been hit by a car.”
Fortunately, they were able to help all of them.
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H/T: The Dodo