A homeless man stood at a busy intersection in Tampa, Florida approaching cars as they stopped at the light. As animal lover Katie Elizabeth drew closer, she noticed the man pulling something out of his pocket and bouncing it around in his hands.
At first, she shook her head in disbelief, convincing herself that she was mistaken in what she was seeing. Pulling up to the man, she asked him exactly what it was.
Her fears were confirmed. The man had a small, black kitten in his pocket!
Without a thought, the man handed the kitten to Katie who CERTAINLY wasn’t about to give the poor endangered fur-baby back to him! She had no plan but knew she had to help this little fluff ball find a better place to call home than a pocket.
Katie doesn’t believe the little kitten, a female, was exposed to the outdoors for very long. She did not have fleas and both her paws and ears were very clean. Katie bathed the tiny girl and gave her something to eat. Now safe indoors, clean and fed, the black kitten fell happily asleep.
Reaching out on her Facebook page, Katie contacted Cat Man Chris, as well as Cole & Marmalade via messenger for assistance, knowing they lived in the Tampa area as well. Directing her to St. Francis Society Animal Rescue, they all hoped together they could find someone who could foster the deserving kitten.
It is never easy finding space for all the helpless felines needing homes, especially during year-round kitten season here in Florida. Having black fur, the odds were unfairly stacked against this beauty too.
Having 5 cats of her own at home, Katie couldn’t take the baby even as much as she wanted to. The Cole and Marmalade household was full with the famous duo and 3 fosters from St. Francis of their own. Luckily St. Francis, who are a fully foster-based rescue team, came through with a solution!!
One of the fosterers Cathy, who lives in nearby Valrico, was able to take the kitten in. The loving little girl was happy to snuggle up to her new foster mom. As they were snuggling though, Cathy noticed that she had a small spot of ringworm on her leg, something which can be very difficult to notice in felines, usually underneath the fur. Fortunately, she has the medication and experience to address the issue right away.
The tiny kitten has been named “Pocket”.
“She’s very sweet and wants to cuddle and play”, reports Cathy.
Pocket will stay with Cathy and the St. Francis foster family until she is old enough to be spayed and put up for adoption. If you are interested in Pocket or any of the other PURRfect kitties, please visit their website to find your next fur-ever family member!
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