October 14, 2020
Michelle says: Ali, her two brothers, and her sister Penelope were all rescued off a sidewalk. Someone with good intentions had brought them in but sadly hadn't waited to see if momma cat would come back before doing so ( a lof of effort went into trying to locate momma cat to bring her in to nurse the kittens, but no luck). The two boys went to one foster home, and the two girls came to our foster home for bottle feeding. Everything seemed fine until they turned five weeks old when Penelope's heart gave out. =( We were devastated. This was the first time my husband had experienced a kitten passing in his hands. It was heartbreaking. We decided to have our veterinarian do a necropsy (an autopsy for animals). He found that her heart had defects and there was nothing that could have been done. While we felt better that it wasn't anything we could have prevented, we were still sad...but we know she died in our home, very loved. Ali (Aligator, rawr!!!) thrived and was adopted to a home with another kitty. Her brothers were adopted together and we saw a video of them riding on a roomba! Silly boys. ;-)
All Photos Courtesy of and ©: Michelle Peters Spivack
Michelle Spivack, kitty foster mom and photographer extraordinaire, volunteers for 13th St. Cat Rescue, IBOK Rescue, and Paws for SJACS in San Jose, CA

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Oh, #Michelle, you and your husband tried to save the little lioness, but you did save her sister Ali and the sibling boys. A very sad story from the two of you. But how much you cared is Penelope's memorial.
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pretty kitties
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Ali is a beautiful cat
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The following part wasn’t in slides in my original post so here it is.

It would have been so devastating losing Penelope yet she was loved and being held when passing over. So she knew love and caring in her tragically short life which was and is a beautiful thing. Bless you many times over for all that you do for the foster kittens:)
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Ali the alligator in the buff. Color, that is.
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This is a Heartbreakers to read. Such a short life. I know how it feels to lose a baby in my arms...boy it hurts. But they do pass knowing love and that is better than alone on a sidewalk.



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