Loving animals and being involved in rescue are not for the faint of heart – and trust me, my heart is faint. So first, the pleasant side of this month’s column.

Meet the adorable three kittens rescued from outdoors that I have had fun fostering for the last three-plus weeks. As I write this column, two went to their forever homes this week and the third, Jimmy, is going today.

Having the three of them has been great fun. Watching kittens romp and play, and jump in the air, can bring a smile to anyone’s face. I know that they will each bring love into the homes of their new families and I pray that they are loved the way they deserve to be loved in return.

I’m sure that they will be. Their adoptive parents all seem wonderful!

Here is the next kitten I will be fostering, my little friend named Thumbelina. I should be getting her in the next few days. She is so young that she must be stimulated to urinate, and I decided to wait to take her until she’s a bit older. But isn’t she adorable?

Now for the sad part of this article: I began annual winter shelter distribution for feral cats, and once again a sad story was brought to my attention. Last year it was Scooter, the cat with a spinal cord injury, and this year it is the cat below that is either blind, or mostly blind, and constantly bumping into things.

The woman who shared the story feeds him, but she does not have the financial resources to bring him to the vet and there may not be anything that can be done. But how can we leave a blind cat outside? How long will it be before he or she is hit by a car?

I have a vet appointment set up less than a week away, and a friend will try to trap the cat a day in advance. Remember, I just love them, but I am not a true rescuer.

Stay tuned and the animal lovers among us, please pray for the best for this poor baby. I will keep you posted.

Until next month, stay well everyone!

Article by Diana Clemente

Diana Clemente is President of the Black Car Assistance Corporation and Big Apple Car.

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