This beautiful mama and her four babies kittens were dropped off at a local kill shelter. They did not have room for them and reached out to some other shelters to see if they could find a foster, so they wouldn't have to put them down. This is unfortunately not uncommon in the springtime, during "kitten season". When I got the call, of course I said yes.
The mother, Ophelia, is a small kitty and fairly young herself. I don't know that she's even a year old. She is one of the most gentle, calm cats I've ever met, and very affectionate. She is exceptionally tolerant and will let me get up close to take pictures of her and her babies.
Today I went in the master bath, where the foster cats stay, and l lay down on the floor to shoot some pictures and just look at them. The kittens began nursing and I listened to them purr and suckle and watched them knead their mother's tummy. I felt a sense of peace wash over me. I don't think it's possible to feel stress in the presence of purring cats.
I am not a religious person. I think of god as simply the energy of pure love and compassion and peace. It is oftentimes when I am in the presence of animals that I feel imbued with that energy. I felt that this morning as I lay on the cool tile floor and watched this beautiful mother nursing her babies. Afterwards, they fell asleep against her warm tummy.
Ophelia and all four of her kittens will be up for adoption in about six weeks. If you are interested in opening up your home to one of these amazing animals, feel free to contact me.