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My gorgeous torties (and calico!) have all had a rough start to life. Brownie was abandoned and found living in my backyard with several other ferals/strays. She was the friendliest of the bunch and seemed to be longing for human touch. I took her in. Sundae was found on the streets of a busy city. She was loaded with fleas and shelter employees were contemplating putting her down due to her laundry list of medical issues. They decided to fix her up and try finding her a home. No one wanted her, but I fell in love with her as soon as we met. Cashew was found abandoned in a home after a week of being all alone without food or water. A social network post alerted me to her plight, and I quickly drove to the property to retrieve her. Cherry was found outside as a kitten and was snubbed by a potential adopter because she was "ugly." Two days after bringing Cashew into my home, Cherry was adopted. I now have a wonderful Cashew Brownie Sundae with a Cherry on top. I had no idea how difficult torties and calicos were. They are stubborn, weird, pushy, needy and a little bit psycho. They don't all get along; Brownie still has feral ways about her but she seems to enjoy Cherry's company. "Teenager" Cashew likes to slap Sundae's rear end, which sends Sundae into a dramatic screaming fit. They've all had medical issues that have sent me to the vet many times over the year that they've been in my home - some of them chronic. I was told that Sundae and Brownie were most likely pets because they had been spayed but not tagged, therefore, they were probably dumped by their previous owners. Cashew's abandonment has caused her to be extremely clingy. Cherry ... well, she's just a kitten who loves everything. They run me ragged, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm crazy about them and they're just plain crazy. They are now in their forever home and will never be abandoned or neglected again.

Laura C. Monteiro
Fall River, MA

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