December 6, 2010
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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OMG...I thought "JAZZ-HANDS" too....love it.
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Jazz Paws!
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All the kittens/photos are wonderful!!! Penelope had a loving home while she was here - you gave it to her.
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-yes, all great photos! Looks like Ali really enjoys her home. :)
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So sad about Penelope but glad she had love in her short life, and to die in the hands of someone who loves you would be the best of all.
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Oh, she is one chilled little girl! They are beautiful, so sorry about Penelope, now a little angel with the angels.
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So, so sorry about Penelope, but Ali seems to be very happy!!!
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Who is the beautiful grown-up kitty in the picture?
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Such an alert and inquisitive face
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cutelicious and catolicious - they are adorable all of them - the colourings are so unusual - it broke my heart about Penelope but at least I'm sure she enjoyed the brief moments of her life into your good care. I had a real hard time in choosing a favourite so I chose this one where all is displayed in full glory .....hehe!!!
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Oooh, I just wanna grab your cute little face!
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what a beautiful baby!
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Michelle--You do such great work! My Benny (Snugglemuffin) was also a survivor--his sibling died, too. And he is a creamy ginger cat also, like Ali. Plus, he seems to be eating for two! I hope you will not be discouraged by the sad death of Penelope. Without your care, few of these kitties would make it.
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Ali is a precious little baby, who looks like her fur is so soft! It was hard to pick a favorite photo,but I loved this one of the two babies together. RIP Penelope!
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So sad that one of these loving little sisters died! I'm glad that all the others have found homes. Obviously, they had a foster home full of love!
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There are so many cute photos it is impossible to choose the best one. Ali is adorable and it is so sad about her sister. You could see the sweetness in Penelope's little face. You do amazing work with these little ones.
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I have to assume that this is a picture of both Ali and Penelope. Both catties are so adorable. So sorry about Penelope's passing, but your are right it was a blessing that she was with you and your husband as I know that she felt loved. Glad that all the catties found homes. Once again, Thank you for all you do Michelle, for the kittens.
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Ali is too cute for words. So was Penelope. So sorry for your loss.
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such a sweet face. : )
Mary Grace -
Thank you for your work, Michelle. They are beautiful partly because of you.
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I need to ask the KittenKrew if there is somehow I can give one vote to every last picture in this group! Absolutely breath-taking! Thanks for so many great photos and especially for such great care!
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How very sad to hear Penelope didn't make it, but how wonderful that you loved and cared for her during her short life. Ali is just gorgeous and I have to agree with Amycats - it was VERY hard to choose one photo as I was going "aww" and "awwwww" at each and every one! Sounds like your husband is similar to mine - it would have broken his heart too. Thank you for loving them and ensuring they had a chance.
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She looks like a little Nala in this photo. Pretty ginger cat.
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She is a beauty! Love buff colored cats. Sorry her sister didn't make it. Always sad.
Cris -
Sorry about Penelope, but she had a good five weeks with lots of love and caring. Ali is beautiful and very lucky! Thanks for taking them in. I would too...
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Ali is a beauty. It's so sad about Penelope, though :(
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Way too cute!



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