The Rescuer
This guy was a scrawny thing the first time we saw him at the animal sanctuary.  In fact, my daughter didn’t even pick him up at first.  It wasn’t a love at first sight story (well, for her; my heart had a feeling.)
A little backstory for you:  several years before, we had gone to the same sanctuary and asked to foster a mama cat and her kittens.  We came home with a mother and barely 3 day old babies.  Yeah, I know, I’m crazy.  The kids immediately fell in love, chose their favorite babies, and named them.  When it came time to send them back to be adopted, we claimed all three kittens and the mama (because how many female cats spend way too long waiting for adoption?) 
We loved all of them to the moon and back, but one day, the worst happened.  Our older daughter’s cat got out, and we couldn’t find her anywhere.  We looked for weeks, and then months.  Our whole family was heartbroken, but our daughter was especially devastated. I waited until I thought she might be ready, and then one day I said to her, “Would you like to go look at kittens?” She smiled and cried at the same time, nodding her head. 
Once at the sanctuary, she actually looked at this guy first.   Then she moved from cat tower to tower and back again, looking at all options.  You see, she knew she didn’t want a kitten with similar coloring, but she thought she wanted another female.  I, along with her two siblings, waited patiently. 
And at that moment, it happened.  This handsome grey tabby reached his paw out of the tower, touched my daughter, and meowed at her.  That was all it took.  She asked to hold him, and as she did, the volunteers told us his story.  He had been found, almost dead, in a ditch. (In fact, his momma cat and rest of the litter didn’t make it.) Another mother cat, who was nursing her own litter about 2 weeks younger than this rescue, took him in and loved him as her own.  His health seemed to have rebounded, and he was up for adoption. 
By this point, our daughter was openly crying happy tears, the kitten was perched on her shoulder, and there was no doubt we were taking him home.   In many ways, he rescued us.  We have never regretted that decision for a moment, but it did start us on a path of learning all about unique health needs for him, and the cats, dog, rabbits, turtles, birds, hermit crabs, and bearded dragon we had a home. 
For the rest of the story, check Rescued Once Again.

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