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  1. Toni
    July 21, 2018 @ 10:27 am

    Olive oil for the ear.

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  2. Laura Laskey
    July 21, 2018 @ 10:31 am

    To be clear – there can NEVER be too many cat posts or videos! I love each and every one. Just so you know, I stopped eating red meat a year or two ago because of your blog. I have not given up everything but it is a start. Just wanted you to know that you ARE making a difference. <3

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  3. judy
    July 21, 2018 @ 10:35 am

    Wow! I made the soul crunching mistake of clicking on the farewell to Miss Elvis and I am now back to the original sob fest I had when I first read it. I agree completely with your need to move the ones you are saving to their forever homes to allow for a steady stream of helping. The pets you move on will be loved and cared for-it’s not like you’re sending them into the wilderness, so happy ending for all.

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  4. Barbara H.
    July 21, 2018 @ 10:41 am

    Oh gosh, sending prayers and good thoughts for new homes popping up for these wonderful kittens and cat. Makes me cry. Good for you. I’ve got two adults, a kind of grumpy older lady and a full of spunk young guy who really wishes he was the only cat. All my cats have found me. There is nothing more wonderful than a loving cat. Tearing up now – best wishes for the babes and old man lion.

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  5. Cheryl
    July 21, 2018 @ 10:50 am

    Keep Webster. He can help you with the future foster kittens. The videos would be wonderful to watch with Webster nurturing the kittens. Kittens need adult cats to guide them, something humans can’t do.

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    • S Roche
      July 21, 2018 @ 11:36 am

      YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

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      • V Kokocinski
        July 21, 2018 @ 1:41 pm

        Please, please keep Webster! You have given him a purpose in life and you cannot give that up.

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  6. Bronne
    July 21, 2018 @ 11:39 am

    PLEASE keep Webster!

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  7. judy
    July 21, 2018 @ 11:56 am

    IMHO-I think the glitch in keeping Webster is trying to save other older Cats with socialization deficits, even if Webster accepts them would they challenge him? If a home for Webster became available with the adopters keenly aware of his idiosyncracies I would jump at it. Fingers crossed that happens.

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  8. fiverx313
    July 21, 2018 @ 12:36 pm

    bless you

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  9. Dianne
    July 21, 2018 @ 12:41 pm

    You must keep Webster. PLEASE!!! He needs YOU, not just any forever home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My heart is breaking.

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  10. Kathleen
    July 21, 2018 @ 1:07 pm

    I am writing with tears streaming down my face….
    I too have a house full of rescue cats. I understand!
    My heart is breaking for Webster. How will he respond to the loss of the life he has found with you?

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  11. Elizabeth IV
    July 21, 2018 @ 1:13 pm

    OMG!
    You are such a GROWN UP!
    How you can give the three of them up is beyond
    me, but alas, I am not grown up. Old but not wise.
    I love what you do and I love why you are doing it.
    I will trust that you know best.
    But crap! It is soooooo hard!

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  12. Deb W. G.
    July 21, 2018 @ 1:14 pm

    You should keep Webster! He will nanny all your fosters! He helps the rescues , so he earns his keep! Can he handle being moved again?

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  13. Kathy Howard
    July 21, 2018 @ 2:40 pm

    I understand your dilemma. The best solution, imo, would be for you to keep the whole lot. They’re all happy and have grown accustomed to living in the lap of luxury. But this isn’t going to happen because other cats in dire need would be denied your heroic efforts. The next best thing would be to find one home for all three cats, but you’ve said that’s a long shot. Or you could keep Webster and find a good home for the little hellions. Webster would befriend new kittens and show them the ropes. Alternately, you could bring in another senior cat but the possibility of conflict between the two seniors is something Webster doesn’t need; he’s had enough trauma for a lifetime. Finally, you could split up Webster and the rowdy hoodlums. Find a wonderful home with owners who would dote on Webster and feed him gourmet liver in a sterling silver porringer. Find another home for the scalawags where they would be tamed (eventually) and become responsible citizens of the community. None of these choices are ideal except the first, imo.

    I would adopt all three in a second except that: 1) I already have a senior cat who is a bully, a tyrant and a thug. He’s already run off my other two cats; 2) I live in Texas which is about 1467 miles from Philly; and 3) my husband’s former wife hoarded dogs and cats and he would go into a catatonic state if I brought home three more.

    Keep up the good work, VEB. I have a feeling it’s all going to work out.

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  14. Caroline
    July 21, 2018 @ 3:06 pm

    I think that you make choices based on the needs of the pooters — the ones with you now and the ones that still need you. If more humans did this, we wouldn’t need humane societies.
    You rock, imo.

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  15. Char
    July 21, 2018 @ 3:29 pm

    Beautiful quote from Tolstoy, I’ve never heard that one before. Just lovely. And thank you for all you do, you are such an inspiration for all of us!

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  16. Debrashoppeno5
    July 21, 2018 @ 8:19 pm

    Keep Webster. He can be the kitties nanny.

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  17. Teresa Townsell
    July 21, 2018 @ 10:45 pm

    Because of YOU, I adopted two shelter cats two weeks ago. (Webster may think the garbage truck is Satan, but I’m afraid I may have adopted Satan (politely renamed “Scrappy”)! Time will tell. Ha!) Also, you ruined me on drinking milk. Stop influencing me, VEB!! 🙂

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  18. Marijane Nielson
    July 21, 2018 @ 11:08 pm

    If you get rid of webster I will never read your blog again. You have gained his trust. How can you possibly turn your back on him? He is fragile…give him what he deserves in his old age. I cannot believe you are even considering it. I am a pitbull mama, and I am ferocious. Keep your old man lion. He deserves what you can give him

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    • Cheryl
      July 22, 2018 @ 2:24 pm

      I agree. I want to see Webster in future videos or I won’t be able to read your blog again. It would be to heartbreaking.

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  19. Deborah Burns
    July 22, 2018 @ 2:10 am

    Thank you for doing the kind and the right thing for these kittens (and the others) giving them a good, loving start and sending them off for adoption and a good home. I hope someone offers wonderful Webster a home good home soon, so that he can settle down into his own forever home, he deserves it, all animals deserve loving homes. Even though so, so sad to send them off and say good-bye…you’ll then have space, time and love to help another kittens and cats. What you do by fostering kittens and older cats is both joyful and tough and it absolutely saves lives – thank you for doing that as long as you are able.

    Thank you for your kindness, the world is a better place because of caring people like you.

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  20. Lindsay
    July 22, 2018 @ 11:51 am

    If you are determined to rehome Webster, maybe you could do it via Craigslist so that he would be in the home of someone you have ‘vetted’. And if you visited occasionally to help with the transition it could be even smoother.

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  21. Laurelei Owa
    July 22, 2018 @ 2:29 pm

    Dear Victoria,
    Although you noted tongue in cheek that you could end up with eight (8!) cats in your home, there are plenty of people who live with, care for and love that many or more right in their own homes, myself included! I mention this I was always a bit perplexed at the schtick of daytime tv host/chef Rachel Ray, but one day she casually mentioned that here own mother has 15 cats, I recognized that she was raised by a fine woman. Another daytime tv story (sorry, I had a protracted convalescence from a botched hip replacement & spent months parked in my chair), featured Mariah Carey chatting away and dropping the bombshell that she lives with something like eight 8
    (8)! Jack Russell Terriers. There would be never a dull moment. By comparison, the same number of cats would be calming and sane. Naturally, I am bringing this upon order to insert a tiny bit of persuasion on Webster’s behalf that you consider promoting him to Ambassador of the Domain, and granting him the permanent household mission to welcome all visitors. If you have an incompatible foster cat, the third floor option is always a temporary space, as soon as you place a few more pieces of furniture in it for lolling around with Webster. You are the best thing that ever happened to him.

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    • Dawn
      July 22, 2018 @ 2:59 pm

      Awww, so sweet. Webster sure has a lot of fans who are pulling for him!

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  22. Susan Humeston
    July 23, 2018 @ 1:11 pm

    You are doing a very grown up thing. I’m 62 and still have a very difficult time doing grown up, responsible things like not assuming every animal needs ME, and not adopting new cats because there could never be enough, really – but the ones that are already here would be discomfited and upset. I have been grown up about not giving in to the “I Want Its” with living beings especially because my lack of being able to provide properly for too many creatures will affect their lives adversely rather than what I imagine is the “great saving of unhappy creatures”. And so you are doing and it is costing you emotionally. There is a rush when you get new ones, I’m sure – and the excitement of finding out who they really are and loving them while they grow with you. But when you must part with them, that must be very hard. AND to have all these comments of people pushing you to adopt this one or that one, or saying you CANNOT do this or that, while understandable (they are ALL animal lovers and cheering you on) must make it harder for you to Be The Grownup. Kudos to you and much love for all that you do. YOU are making a difference in cat lives absolutely, from catching and having ferals spayed, to housing transients on their way to a new and happy life – and bringing this message to us all.

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  23. Suzanne Terry
    July 23, 2018 @ 4:48 pm

    If I didn’t already have FIVE rescues (all adopted as adults, and two nearing 20 years old, I’d take them. Waaaah

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  24. Angie
    July 24, 2018 @ 2:35 pm

    I am not even a cat person and I even want Webster. I check back to see that SOMEONE wants all three. RIGHT? That person is out there. Someone is reading saying YES! Of course I want all three. Waiting for the fairy tale ending…

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  25. Amber S.
    August 1, 2018 @ 12:22 pm

    Thank you for helping all these sweet kitties. How my heart wishes I wasn’t allergic and clear across the country because I would swoop them all up before you could blink. I hope someone lovely comes and takes all three and if not then two lovelies. Also, I love that Tolstoy quote you used at the end. As you always say “all the feels”. ♥

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