1. Jayne Z
    August 17, 2016 @ 11:26 am

    Good for you Elizabeth — we need more people like you who can overcome their personal grief and make a huge differencef. I think you should rename Berla — TOOTSIE! I have a feeling that you are going to fall head over heels in love with her — for some reason, when a cat like Tootsie finds you, she will become a favorite! About 10 years ago, a little feral cat popped out of the bushes and walked with me and my miniature schnauzer. It didn’t take long to figure out she was a stray, so I started feeding her. I had another cat, Bandit who is not 19 1/2 years old and wasn’t interested in adding to my family. But, when the weather started to get cold and rainy, I opened the door, she ran in and has been with us since. Come to find out, she had been trapped and neutered when a kitten and returned to the streets. I definitely wasn’t looking for another cat at the time, but now I can’t think of not having her. She doesn’t like to be picked up, but otherwise is very affectionate (particularly when the weather is cold and rainy) and she loves my schnauzer and cat Bandit. Like I said, I think Tootsie found you for a reason.


  2. Jayne Z
    August 17, 2016 @ 11:28 am

    PS — I hope you keep all 4 of them — Tootsie and the Triplets! They will keep each other entertained as well as you and Paul.


  3. Carla
    August 17, 2016 @ 11:40 am

    I always adopt senior cats and I always have 2. Sometimes with seniors you don’t have them very long but all of my cats know that when one goes to the rainbow bridge they have just given their spot at my house to another senior shelter cat. No senior animal should have to live out their life in a shelter. My sister takes care of adopting the senior dogs. Wonderful of you VEB.


  4. Tonia
    August 17, 2016 @ 11:46 am

    I was broken hearted to read about Elvis. And I know there are no words that will erase the pain. A house without a cat is not a home for us cat lovers and I’m so glad that you have found a way to save other cats while your heart heals. I lost my first cat (as an adult) about ten years ago. We rescued Perceval as a tiny kitten when he was brought into the vet’s office where my sister was working at the time. After managing his heart condition (HCM) for years, he died at the young age of 6 from unexplained kidney failure. The only thing that brought me comfort was our other cat, Isabella. I was so devastated that I wasn’t sure I could open my heart again. Then six months later we adopted and a few years later we rescued some feral kittens in our neighborhood. Our current count is 6 cats. Now I can look back on Perceval’s life and focus only on the love and joy he brought us, but it took time. Isabella is now 17 years old and I know I am willing to endure the terrible heart ache again and again to have these wonderful souls in my life. Thanks for the PSA.


  5. Dianne
    August 17, 2016 @ 11:49 am

    Does Paul know he just adopted 4 cats? 🙂


  6. lynn
    August 17, 2016 @ 11:53 am

    Ah! Cats with thumbs! I love them! There is this UK commercial that is so good.

    “Gangs! Of cats! With thumbs!”


    Hurrah for always helping the animals.


    • judy
      August 17, 2016 @ 12:33 pm

      This is adorable! Cracked me up…thanks for the laugh cause reading all of the loving posts of people who are kind had me in tears.


  7. Pattie C
    August 17, 2016 @ 11:56 am

    KITTENS, this is why I have four cats now. I know you can’t replace the one you lost, it still hurts after almost two years since I lost my Prince William but kittens help. Hope you find the “one” soon.


  8. Katharine
    August 17, 2016 @ 11:57 am

    She is adorable.

    I had a book when I was little called “Kittens Need Someone to Love” (the cover was light purple with a basket of white fluffy kittens, and it was one of my favorites). It couldn’t be more true. I have been known to throw that line at my husband when we suddenly have a new feral cat or kitten show up in our backyard, whether it was dropped off there by its mama because she knows I provide a veritable smorgasbord or whether it was born in a rusty barrel of 80s trash that has, for some reason, never been emptied. Anyway, kittens always need someone to love, so thank you for being that someone.


    • Katharine
      August 17, 2016 @ 11:59 am

      I got so caught up in those mitten hands that I got BERLA’s name wrong. Sorry, Berla.


  9. Garden, Home and Party
    August 17, 2016 @ 11:59 am

    I love that you’re fostering a cat that most probably would have been euthanized. I’d read about cats with the extra toes on their paws, but its really very endearing. Both of our dogs were rescue dogs and like you, we feel very strongly about giving animals a loving home. Our city has a wonderful shelter and is a no-kill shelter. There are plenty of shelters in the country, however, that dispose of animals daily!
    The box of kittens are too cute, who could pass these cuties up.


    • Kay
      August 17, 2016 @ 12:09 pm

      Your cat has thumbs! I believe Elvis channeled you to go pick up those cats like my Pete did after he died. We now have a sweet chorgi. I wasn’t going to get another dog but was passing Petsmart where we had adopted Pete and when I tried to walk past a month after his death I was drawn back to that door and same cage, there was Cody waiting for us.


  10. Susan
    August 17, 2016 @ 12:03 pm

    I SO understand the need to get CATS back in your life. I have…um….5. Yes, you read that right. Cats come to my door because there is a sign only cats can see that says, “Cat Sucker Lives Here”. I had a similar problem with my grown cat Squeebles when we brought the twins Louie and Dewey home – both tuxedo kitties. Squee hissed at the kittens whenever they came near, and growled. Within 24 hours, I kid you not, it was Uncle Squee with the kittens all over him and with him licking them and cuddling them. Elvis sounds like she knew she wanted to be queen and did not want to share that position, which is very smart of her. I wish I had a HUGE house on a farm with lots of barns and volunteers/future owners to take care of all the cats I would bring home. Kind of a “cat village”. One of the volunteers or even two could be cat vets. What a dream. If I win the Lotto, Cat Village here I come (don’t tell my husband though).


  11. Jeanie
    August 17, 2016 @ 12:10 pm

    Good for you! Same happened here but it was a dog instead of a cat (another story)my cats thankfully were still in the picture, one old man is still with us his name is Spike a lovely cat we found him in a storm drain and took him home you leave a cat in a storm drain and I find him he is mine! Spike has weathered many comings and goings some happy and some sad, as your journey with Elvis progressed I had to stop reading because I would look at Spike and get panicky he is 16 now and has begun to slow down but still spunky enough to put the other cats in their place and help “educate” new pups. I know how you feel and I have felt the same , but isnt it amazing the capacity for love that one small organ the heart has!? O yes I know love doesn’t actually reside in that muscle pumping blood theough our bodies but the word picture suffices. Best of luck, wishes, hope , love and yes faith cause we need them all. AND! Thanks for the box of kittens, its been a while since we have had really young ones here.


  12. Laurie
    August 17, 2016 @ 12:11 pm

    I will happily watch videos if it helps kitty cats.

    I lost my beloved Frankie (a greyhound) to osteosarcoma last year. It was one of the most awful things I have ever gone through with the exception of losing his sister a few years earlier to a hemangiosarcoma. Black times.

    Right after losing Frankie, I let the greyhound people know I wanted to foster. I thought the same as you. I can help a pookie even if I can’t love one yet. I ended up adopting my very first foster. Not because I fell in love with her, because I wasn’t ready yet. But because she fell in love with me and needed me. And I guess I needed that. 18 months later and I’m so crazy about her I can’t believe I almost let her go live somewhere else. She is nutty, loving beyond all good reason, kind of a bad dog (eating a 2 lb bag of uncooked rice!) but she brings so much joy and love to my life. I am lucky lucky lucky.

    I still miss Frankie. My throat is aching as I write this. But I get to love Coco now too. I also still foster and love and miss every one that passes through.

    Love is weird.


  13. Diane
    August 17, 2016 @ 12:12 pm

    “Love long, love hard, love often.”— Your Shelter Kitty or Puppy


  14. Victoria Seeber
    August 17, 2016 @ 12:31 pm

    I am in love with Berla, not so much the kittens. Kittens are cute…… but Berla survived just so she could be yours. Her name and toes says it all. You arrived just in time to save her. Like a big tall glittery super fancy super cat woman. I love you Berla get well.


  15. mossum
    August 17, 2016 @ 12:36 pm

    Here’s what I do that doesn’t upset my 15 year old Russian Blue, queen of everything, and my 3 year old German Shepherd: I volunteer to drive for Doobert. Check it out: http://www.doobert.com


  16. Marian
    August 17, 2016 @ 12:36 pm

    How wonderful!!! I grew up with dogs. And, had dogs for the first 30 years of married life. But, about 13 years ago we were blessed with 2 kittens who had been born underneath my next door neighbor’s deck. Three years later I found a precious kitten roaming around a parking lot without proper supervision (also with fleas and malnourished), so I took her home. We are now officially “cat people” and I love it. (Still love dogs, too.) I sat down at the computer this morning wearing my “Until there are none – Adopt one” t-shirt and that seems very appropriate. Bless you for all you’ve done for the cats!!!!


  17. Susan Eichhorn
    August 17, 2016 @ 12:37 pm

    Hi Victoria, my most loved cat died in early February and I didn’t wait at all to get another cat. Some people thought I was crazy but it pained me even more than just losing him to think that we had a space in our home for a cat that might be put down for simply being there too long. I could never handle fostering, I’ve accepted that, so I just adopted an adult cat who had been at the shelter for more than a year. I’m sorry I had to lose my special one but this new guy is pretty amazing too. I gave my self permission to grieve while learning to love a new one and it’s working out just fine. 🙂


  18. Linda D.
    August 17, 2016 @ 12:56 pm

    Ah, nothing like kitten sounds to soothe my heart. I gotta say that the juxtaposition of this post with the subtitle of your blog made me grin. You are a most Benevolent Dictator, the Quickest Procrastinator and the most Open-Hearted Cat Hoarder I’ve ever known. You send out more positive vibes and creative solutions in a month than I do in a year. Seriously, girl, I think you rock. And opening your heart and home to fostering just makes me admire you even more. Here’s wishing you lots of wonderful experiences with your ‘guests’.


  19. Cindy
    August 17, 2016 @ 1:08 pm

    Adorable! Thank you for this timely message – I’m certain you have just saved many other animals – not just those 4 dear kitties in your care. Last year we agreed to bottle feed 3 orphaned kittens and ended up adopting 2 of them. I also foster hounds for a national rescue group. Fostering is a wonderful way to decide if a pet is right for your family and it gets the dog or cat out of the animal shelter where it is noisy and where sometimes the young ones get sick. This is the absolute BEST antidote for your broken heart and I’m sure Elvis approves!!!


  20. Hali Chambers
    August 17, 2016 @ 1:22 pm

    I cut and pasted that last bit about giving away free animals in an email to my rescue friends, and also tweeted your post. Would you be OK if I reposted it on my blog, with credit back to you? 🙂 Hali


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