I thought I would write a wrap-up of the last 2 days' event here!
Yesterday afternoon, my friend and I dropped little Night Star off at Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue (www.rmfr-colorado.org) to be picked up by the foster parent they connected us with. The ride over was very bitter sweet. I am extremely happy we found her a place to be raised that isn't a crowded shelter environment, and that once she's old enough she will be put up for adoption through RMFR, a no-kill institution with lots of space for all their cats. But as I'm sure you figured out, I grew extremely attached to her in my sleepless night of caring for her. I cried at the rescue when I knew I only had moments left to be with her, and cried when I got home... It's incredibly hard to let go, but let me tell you why I did.
Night Star is a very young kitten who needs specialized care that only someone experienced in caring for kittens can give. Up until last night, I had no experience caring for any cat younger than 2 years old. I am not equipped with the knowledge or skills to raise her properly. More importantly, I can't AFFORD to take care of her! The reason I asked for donations in the first place is that both myself and my friend did not have enough money to pay for even her basics when we first came into her care. My current adult cat, Loaf, is as much as I can handle financially, especially because she has some specialized health needs that make her more "expensive" than other cats. If I had adopted Night Star, I would not have been able to afford her daily care, which is not fair to her. Keeping her would have been very selfish of me, because she needs more than I can give her.
Someday, when I am financially capable, I will very likely be adopting another cat, or perhaps a dog. But until that day, the best I can do is help find foster and forever homes for animals when they come into my life and my friends' lives. I am thrilled that so many of you stepped forward to help, and because of you Night Star got the start she needs! I sent an email with photos and videos to everyone who donated, so I hope you all got those ok.
I will do my best to keep tabs on Night Star by calling and keeping an eye on the site for when she shows up as an adoptable cat. I really hope to be able to arrange a visit so I can see her before she finds her forever home, and perhaps take progress photos too! Thank you all for helping support my friend and I in helping this little kitten. <3