I can't save them all..can I?
Deep down I know I can't save them all but I can't get rid of the instinct to try.
I've always had pets growing up, we lived on a small farm and had several inside-outside cats. I grew up believing you just let the cat outside when he wanted out. We lost a few that way but most lived to very old age. Our last two lived to be 14 and 16. When I moved out of my parents' house I adopted a cat with a boyfriend. We adopted her from a rescue and even though he wanted a cute kitten I made sure we took home the cat that had lived at the rescue the longest, a quiet black and white kitty with seemingly no personality that had been there for two years. She turned out to be quite a character. She still lives with that old boyfriend and is his baby.
I took in a kitten from a friend who didn't want her anymore and was going to throw her outside (six years ago), found another kitten on the road on my way home from work (five years ago) agreed to keep my sister's cat for two weeks while she moved (I STILL have him and that was four years ago!) and last summer I found a kitten in a bush near my mailbox. She DEMANDED that I take her home. So now I have four cats. Love them dearly and they are totally spoiled and own me.
This summer I had two strays show up and have kittens (one had two in the garage and the other had five in the woods near my house) I have adopted all of them (only found a home for one mama so far) and have them all in my house. They are the sweetest kitties. I am foster one of the older kittens for a rescue.
Well last night I went for a walk and went through a path in the woods and these two cats (belong to a neighbor) just followed me. They are kittens probably about 12 weeks old. One male one female calico and very sweet and loving. The female rubbed all over me and I picked her up and carried her and she just purred. She is beautiful (long haired) and very friendly. The male is nice as well. They followed me for about a mile and I finally turned around and led them back to their home. A boy about 11 came outside and told me those were his kittens but I could have them that he was going to put them in a box and sell them for $10 a piece. That his dog "ate" one of the other kittens (they apparently have a large dog) and that his mom ran over another by accident. These cats were visibly frightened of this kid as they shrank back and hid when he came near me.
I can't stop thinking about those poor cats. They are not going to be taken care of (neighbors live in a falling down house with tons of animals running around) they will just breed and have more unwanted kittens. I so want to go back and either steal them in the middle of the night (lol) or offer the kid ten dollars for the cats (at least the female, I fell in love with her) and take them home and try to find them homes. Either foster them or try to adopt them out myself. At least get their shots and get them spayed/neutered.
These cats have grown up outdoors and I don't know if they would adjust to the indoor life. Also I currently have TWELVE cats/kittens in my house and am turning into the definition of a crazy cat lady. What would you do? Should I just forget about them and chalk it up to you can't save them all?