By Patricia Kraft
Olivia, a young bedraggled mother cat, was first observed peering through the glass door of a local hardware store. Later, she was seen leading her litter of seven kittens into an adjoining green field for play, kittens wrestling, tumbling and happily chasing butterflies. After play, the stray little family would head back to their home—an open ceiling in a construction area of the local shopping center.
A mere kitten herself, the starving Olivia would unselfishly allow her hungry litter to eat first when scarce food did become available. She was devoted to her kittens and to providing the best possible care to them.
One adventurous kitten strayed away from the group and was rescued by a lady who was unaware there were others. Then tragedy struck, while the family was playing in the field, a bird of prey swept down and a kitten was gone.
That was when BCAR was called to rescue Olivia and the five remaining kittens. A veterinarian examined Olivia and found her healthy but thought she was most certainly feral. Caged at a veterinary clinic recovering from spay surgery, and away from the kittens, people were unable to touch the extremely frightened cat.
She faced a very uncertain future. A BCAR volunteer, in a final effort to help her, offered to foster Olivia in a happy home environment to see if she could learn to relax and trust. Olivia quickly blossomed into a very loving, if somewhat shy, cat. Today she is back at Maggie's House, reunited with her kittens. They spend their days playing, napping, and awaiting forever homes.
Open House for Big Canoe Animal Rescue (BCAR) is held each Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Please stop by to visit our adoptable cats and kittens.