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This is really a story of three rescues and a very tolerant Calico. November 2011 after 16 wonderful years I lost my sweet buddy Maverick (black cat) and it was just Cassie (9 year old calico) and me left. Cassie was lonely and I decided to adopt another black cat. As sad as this sounds they are the hardest and usually last to be adopted. On the 23rd of December I went to the local shelter and my best friend Jackie surprised me and met me there. We looked at the cages and it was heartbreaking, I wanted them all. Then Jackie spotted the little tiny black cat in the back of the cage. She was so scared and looked so sad. Jackie was the first to hold her then handed her over to me. I named her Maddy. She came home with me that day and is the best Christmas gift I could ever imagine.

In June 2012 I thought I was ready for one more kitty so I went to Cats in Need this time to adopt. I saw these two kittens side by side. Both had been found at about 2 weeks old and both had to be bottle fed but were now ready to be adopted. They weren't siblings but their story was the same - left alone, abandoned in a backyard, so young and unable to survive on their own. I went home that day and told myself "I couldn't adopt two... no way". The next day I went back and adopted both. Murphy (tabby) and Hardison "Hardy" (black) became inseparable. Hardy proved he would live up to his name. He had major health issues and I thought I would lose him but he became strong and conquered them. Murphy and Hardy are now healthy and happy and I am so glad I realized "what is one more".

The four furbuddies are best friends to each other and to me. So in reality this story is about just one rescue - me. Cassie, Maddy, Murphy and Hardy rescue me everyday. Hardy and Murphy in photo

Kathy T
Fontana, CA

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