Here's the happily ending story of Abigail (Abby) and her children - Allen, Oliver, Rachel and Meghan.
It starts at least nine months ago, when some loser moved from his apartment in Tewksbury, MA and left behind his incredibly sweet two-year-old patched tabby calico. After fending off other animals and avoiding cars for an unknown length of time, she became pregnant and thereafter gave birth to at least four kittens. Desparate to feed her newborn family, she went back to the apartment complex to beg for food. A few kind souls offered her tidbits here and there, and this kept Abby and her kittens alive.
One person in particular was moved by her plight. Only a few weeks after Abby began coming around, this kind soul overheard other tenants complaining about Abby's visits, and listened in horror as they planned to trap and kill the momma kitty, knowing full well they would be consigning the kittens to slow starvation. This lovely lady couldn't take Abby and her family herself, so she began exploring every avenue she could think of in her desire to save them. And she found me.
A few days later, we met at her apartment. Abigail seemed to know we were there to help her and walked into our carrier with no hesitation whatsoever. Finding the kittens was not so easy. After two and a half hours of searching nearby woods, we reluctantly released Abby in what we thought was the most likely vicinity of her kittens. Ten minutes later, she led us right to them.
That was October 7th. The kittens were about five weeks old at the time; everyone was thin and had fleas, ticks and worms. Abby was recently adopted by a dear friend of mine, and the kittens will stay with me always.
This was their first night in my apartment. The only thing holding Abby up that night was the box she was leaning against. (And three of those four kittens were hissing at me - they were quite the handful to begin with.)
A couple of nights later.
The four siblings after one week.
Abby, several weeks later. She looks so much better.
The four kittens keeping me company at my desk on December 2nd, 24 hours after their speuters.
And a recent pic of the foursome.