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Against All Odds, the Touching Tale of a Rescuer’s Fight to Save Abandoned Kittens

Posted in Cat Stories - On: November 10, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: January 8, 2024  
Author:  Jan Travell

Shelly is a true animal lover and seasoned cat carer with a heart of gold.

Recently, she was contacted about three tiny kittens that were found all alone, in desperate need of help.

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These poor kittens were found wandering outside with no mother in sight.

After a thorough search, the cat mom was located, but she showed no interest in caring for her babies. It was clear that these little ones were in dire straits.

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When Shelly arrived she immediately realized that the kittens were in a sorry state.

Their eyes were crusted shut due to infections, and they were severely underweight.

Without hesitation, Shelly picked up the smallest kitten and immediately started to bottle-feed the poor thing.

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Even though she already had her hands full with 16 other rescues, Shelly's compassion knew no bounds and she made the decision to take these fragile kittens home with her.

At just three weeks old, she believed they would soon be ready to start weaning and on the path to recovery.

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Shelly continued to provide round-the-clock care for the kittens, including bottle feeding and introducing them to mixed wet food.

She even gave them names: Polly, Cloud, and Destiny.

Each day was a labor of love as she tirelessly worked to nurse them back to health.

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Sadly, Destiny, the runt of the litter, couldn't overcome the odds and lost her battle.

It was a heartbreaking loss, but Shelly remained unwavering in her commitment to Polly and Cloud's well-being.

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With Shelly's loving care, Polly and Cloud began to show remarkable progress.

Their eyes cleared up, their frail bodies grew stronger, and their energy levels soared.

Shelly was relieved that she had intervened in time to prevent any lasting damage to these resilient kittens.

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As part of her ongoing efforts to address the issue at its root, Shelly ensured that the mother cat was spayed, along with several other cats in the area, to prevent further unwanted litters.

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Polly, the calico, was born with stunning markings that only became more striking as she grew.

She strutted around with confidence, her tail held high, as she fearlessly explored her surroundings.

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Her brother, Cloud, was always close by, his curious gaze taking in everything around him.

Together, they learned the ropes of eating from a dish and using the litter box.

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Shelly introduced Polly and Cloud to other foster cats in her home for socialization.

After some cautious sniffing and getting to know each other, the kittens burst into joyful play, effortlessly blending into the feline family.

here's Polly with Milo - the two of them quickly became firm friends.

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With time, Polly and Cloud made a full recovery and blossomed into lively young cats.

They formed bonds with many of their foster siblings, who took them under their wings and showed them the ropes of being part of a loving family.

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The day finally came when Shelly had to find Polly and Cloud a loving forever home.

That's when Donna, a previous adopter, stepped in and pleasantly surprised Shelly by inquiring about adopting not just Polly and Cloud but two of their foster friends as well.

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Donna's was completely smitten with Polly and Cloud, and because of this she couldn't bear to separate them from their friends.

In a heartwarming twist of fate, the foursome was officially adopted and soon moved into their forever home.

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"It's not every day that you find someone willing to open their home to four kittens," remarked Shelly.

"It's an opportunity you just can't pass up."

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In less than a week, Polly, Cloud, and their two friends had settled wonderfully into their new home, which now houses a total of six cats.

They can be found scampering around, playing to their hearts' content, and showering their human mom with affection. 

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The bonds they share with their new feline siblings are growing stronger with each passing day.

With four furry cuties, it must be a happy home!

Check out the video below:

A big thank you to Shelly for sharing Polly and Cloud's story with us.

Her unwavering commitment to rescuing and rehabilitating animals is truly heartwarming.

Polly and Cloud's journey from fragile kittens to thriving young cats shows the incredible impact one person can have on the lives of animals in need.

You can see more of Polly and Cloud, and Shelly's other rescues on Instagram

Related story: Meet Two Calico Kittens From Another Mother That Were Destined To Be Sisters Forever

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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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