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Happy Mother’s Day

It was spring 1994 when Katy was a very young mommy. This is Katy as she was approaching 17 years of age.

We met her in April of 1994 through HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team). We were hoping to find 2 kittens, possibly sibblings. We were led to Quantico, VA where the most wonderful and generous couple shared their home with lots of dogs, cats and bunnies. All were fosters, waiting for their forever home.

We were taken down to the basement where there were cages and cages of kitties and bunnies. It was too much to take in and quite overwhelming but I instantly fell in love with a 2-4 week old long haired kitten that turned out to be my Sam. At first we didn’t notice Katy in a cage below Sam and his mom and sisters, but there she was. Katy.

At that time she had 3 or 4 kittens. They were about 6 weeks old. We were told that one or two didn’t make it. Clara, the woman that took care of all of the animals, told us how wonderful Katy was and eventually Bill picked her up and held her in his arms.
It was love at first sight for both of them. Katy let out the biggest purr and meow. Boy did she hook us, especially Bill. We went home and told each other that if she called us that week she would be ours. Well we could not get her out of our head because she was already in our hearts!
It was decided that Katy and Sam (at that time Samantha) were to be ours as soon as Katy weaned her kittens and Sam was weaned from his beautiful mother, Ashley.
We visited every weekend, making the trip south down I-95. When we arrived the second week for our visit we discovered that Katy had a couple of more kittens!
Katy’s kittens were much larger (see photo above) than the new arrivals. Evidently these were orphaned and Katy took them right in and made them hers. The following week we arrived for our visit and again another very tiny kitten was in with Katy in addition to the others. She never turned anyone away. Each week the same thing….yet another baby in with the ultimate little and young mother, Katy.

Finally the time arrived for Sammy and Katy to come home with us. The photo above is at the rescue and was their very first face to face meeting.

The photo above are Katy’s kittens that she gave birth to. They were now ready to find their forever home.

Katy loved being a mother at the time, but when she came home with us she was pretty much done with that, but in her essence and deep in her soul she is the ultimate mother.

We are blessed to have shared our home with her. She loved life, loved the sunshine, and had major “tor-a-tude”!

Happy Mother’s Day Katy and all the other animal mommies out there. I celebrate you and the miracle of mother nature.

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