So last night was our first official Women Run/Walk Memphis group training run. Technically training started last week, but it got rained out, plus I was out of town, so this was our first evening running as group together.
We meet out at Shelby Farms and had a 3.5 mile run scheduled for the evening. I paired up with one of the other women and we set out through the park. I was enjoying the run and chatting with the other women when I spotted something down the path. It was white and fuzzy.
Someone had abandoned a litter of four kittens in the bushes near a swampy area of the park. The kittens did not run away from us, but you could tell they had definitely had a rough time.
We regrouped and headed back down the path since there was no need to interrupt the whole group’s training.
After we finished the run though, I trekked back to the swampy area to check on the kittens. I knew I just wouldn’t feel right leaving them all alone. Eric and I have talked about getting an outside cat to protect the yard from various rodents and I had just called him when a park ranger pulled up.
The ranger agreed that the cats were domestic (not feral) and told me I was free to take as many as I wanted. I’m not completely crazy though, and there was no way I could justify taking four cats home. In the end, I picked the bravest one (she walked right up to me) and the ranger said he would take the others to the human society, which conveniently is actually located in Shelby Farms. The ranger assured me that since the kittens were so young (and let’s face it- pretty cute), there is actually a chance that some of them will find homes.
Please help us! We are hungry and thirsty and covered in mosquitoes!
Once I got the little kitty home, she received multiple flea baths before getting some tuna to snack on while we went to the store to get her more suitable kitty food and accessories. I’m not sure who smelled worse- the abandoned cat or my sweaty runner self. She seems to have recovered from the whole traumatic ordeal and was happily sleeping in her carrier this morning. She goes to vet today where we will get the final word on whether or not she is healthy enough to keep.
You never know what you will find on a run!
Disclaimer: I do not consider myself a cat person at ALL, but something about these little guys made me feel obligated to do something. I promise this won’t turn into a crazy cat lady blog, but for the time being, here is a bunch of kitty photo spam.
Exploring new yard - super spunky
Why do you humiliate me with these baths?
First breakfast. Looking fluffy and clean and happy!