Update: Before committing to a two-day, 800-mile trip, I did a hard-target search of every doghouse, outhouse -- wait a minute, wrong movie --
Anyway, I found a safe place for the kitty at a no-kill shelter in Pittsburg, KS, if we can just get her there (assuming the friend doesn't take her). I also contacted the
owner to tell her we wanted the kitty, so she wouldn't put her to death.
So if Catloverin_KS's friend doesn't take the kitty, we'll find a way to get her down to the shelter in Pittsburg, where she can live in an open cat room (won't be easy, with no claws -- but they say healthy cats do fine in there, and that's the case at the shelter I volunteer with, too).
So let's keep hoping for the friend, but failing that, a ride to Pittsburg tomorrow or the next day, while the shelter still has room for the kitty!