Persephone came to The Starfish Pet Project from another local rescue group. This other group had arranged for the litter of kittens to be transported from a shelter in Bakersfield where they were at the time. The rescue group was told that these kittens were 5 weeks old and weaned. Upon arrival in the bay area though, it was clear that the kittens were not yet weaned, and much younger than expected. They went home with a foster that first night but it was clear that after several hours in the car without any food supplementation, a few of the kittens were not doing well. By the next morning, two of the kittens were very ill and the foster knew she had to act fast.
That's when we were contacted for help. We had a nursing mom at the time and were willing to see if she would accept these five kittens in addition in her own three. When the kittens came to The Starfish Pet Project, we weren't sure if we would be able to save the tiniest, weakest one - but with intensive nursing care, we did! Luckily, with the help of, Molly, the surrogate mother cat and supplemental bottle feedings and medications, all 5 of the kittens survived and are each now in foster to adopt homes around the bay area where they will get to experience much better lives than their rough start would've predisposed them to.