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  1. Charlotte
    June 24, 2017 @ 10:26 pm

    Thank you for so eloquently putting into words what I know and feel to be true. It makes my heart so happy to know there’s others out there who get it too. I remember arguing with my mom when I was younger because I wouldn’t look away from roadkill. Because looking away allows you to believe there aren’t effects of the careless ways we approach the world. Thank you!


  2. Kitt
    June 25, 2017 @ 9:04 pm

    Hi Victoria Elizabeth,
    This is the first time I’ve answered your email – but absolutely couldn’t help myself!

    Can’t believe I once put you on Spam, but immediately regretted the terrible mistake! And now, I read your messages first of all.

    My black cat Minou is an SPCA rescue who lived with me 6-7 years in Montreal and here in Toronto 5 years. When a kitten, she walked off our 4th-floor balcony and survived (I hadn’t plugged an opening in the mesh fence). She doesn’t like my daughter’s rescue terrier although they’re definitely curious about each other.

    And I love her.


  3. Michelle
    June 27, 2017 @ 12:39 pm

    Hey VEB – you are doing great work and making such a difference! One small suggestion that might help with socialization. You need to spend periods of 1/1 time with each kitten. As long as they are all together, they will seek each other out for comfort and if they get scared and you want them to learn to seek humans out for that. I’d recommend taking each one for an entire day at a time and put them in a room with you, without access to their compadres. Over time, they should get more comfortable with you and realize you are a good substitute for one of their own. You can also introduce other human subjects so they don’t just see you as the only acceptable of our species! Good luck!


  4. Julie Bradley
    June 27, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

    I love your big, breaking, empathy filled heart!


  5. Julie Bradley
    June 27, 2017 @ 3:14 pm

    I love your big, beautiful, feeling heart!


  6. kmkat
    July 3, 2017 @ 8:31 pm

    Re: pets catching flies on the wing. My husband just told me about something a friend had posted on FB. She calls those flies “sky raisins.”


  7. Nicole
    July 11, 2017 @ 5:37 pm

    Those are some adorable kittens, and it’s wonderful that you’ve been able to foster them! I’ve always adopted my cats from shelters, but fostering is an additional step I haven’t yet taken. Scritches to your kitties!


  8. Deb
    July 27, 2017 @ 5:57 am

    Unusual, I didn’t read this blog when it showed up a few weeks ago. Had no idea the content, but purrfect timing. Just when I was feeling like I couldn’t take one more heartbreaking tragedy, or in-your-face animal abuse/rescue, constantly popping up on social media, you remind me to remain broken. Thank you. I had no intention of having any more inside cats, but never say never. Right now we have six innies and three outties-until they are trapped/soon. All rescue/strays needing forever homes. We’re breaking the bank having them fed and fixed. Time necessary for socializing has delayed the inevitable – parting of ways…along with the guilt-feels…the painful heartSTING of letting them go….terrified they’ll ending up in the wrong hands. Recently gave up three to a local rescue, all re-homed now, but the struggle is real. Are they safe, did I do the right thing…are they ok? We’ve ‘invested’ heart, money and soul to sick and dying cats that have showed up on our deck (they know a feeder and a bleeder when they see one) but how can we say no? One died in my arms after three days of trying to save him…he was the worst case scenerio-sickest-most wretched looking cat I’ve ever seen. Sorry to be so graphic, but how does this even happen!!? Sadly I do know, and am trying to be part solution to this epidemic nightmare.
    We also have four dogs, all rescues. Three dachshunds and a white retriever. Did I mention the bird? ; ) God help us!!
    I say all that to say this; I FEEL YOUR PAIN!! God bless you, dear one! You are a prize!!


  9. Deb
    July 27, 2017 @ 6:05 am

    Addendum> Oh my goodness…flies = sky raisins!! I really want to hit ‘like’ to some of the comments on here!! : D


  10. Amy Quible
    August 19, 2017 @ 8:56 am

    Hi Victoria,
    Always love seeing your posts in my inbox! Your stories and writing style are fabulous!

    I had marked my calendar to attend the Columbus Country Living Fair taking place September 15-17 because you would be there. I just checked their event calendar and did not see you listed. Are you still planning to be a presenter? If so, I am going to drive up from Cincinnati and fill my car friends to see you.

    VEB Fan Club Member.
    Amy Q


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      August 19, 2017 @ 9:17 am

      Yup! I’ll be there! (They didn’t update the Rhinebeck calendar until nearly the week before.) As of now I’m scheduled for Sat 16th, but I don’t have an exact time yet. Looking forward to meeting you!!!!!!! xoxo


  11. Angela
    August 31, 2017 @ 8:22 am

    What sweet little dears. We’re coming up on our 1st anniversary of being kitten foster parents and it is some of the most rewarding work. Helping a small adorable creature go from near death to perfect health, and totally feral to climbing up into my lap already purring, has pulled me out of a funk and into a deeper joy for the life I’ve been given. It also might be the only respectable way I can have this many cats at once. #notacrazycatlady


  12. MARIA
    September 17, 2017 @ 12:23 am

    Bless you…and I agree, adopt and don´t shop…ALWAYS


  13. Diane Scott
    December 1, 2017 @ 10:10 pm

    Victoria, bless you for your kind heart to these little darlings. I am trying to foster a couple of kittens and have sent one application out. I found a couple in Philidelphia I would love to foster but they told me I had to bring them there for their vaccinations and check ups, etc. It is just too far for me to drive and the traffic Ugh. I hope to find some in my area in Chester County. You gave me the inspiration to do this so what you do really touches peoples hearts. My cats, Janie and Jazz, were brother and sister and died a couple years ago. Jazz first at age 17 and Janie at age 20. They were such sweet friends. I will keep trying until the right kittens come available. On one sight I found a darling cat with only one eye and I can’t find her again. I would love to give her a home. Love your blogs.


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