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Crate with 22 kittens in it left outside pet store with note
The note began: “Please understand and read this before you judge"
Rachel Shapiro
09.03.21

Sadly, people abandon pets for many reasons. Some simply decide they don’t want the pet anymore. Others realize the animal doesn’t fit into their lifestyle. But sometimes, though, pet owners are left with no other choice.

That was the story for a group of cats abandoned in Georgetown, Delaware. These cats were left in front of a Pet Valu store and found by cat rescuer Kristi Idnurm.

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Kristi is an employee of the store who also runs her own rescue called Kristi’s Kats Inc. When she arrived at the store for a Sunday morning shift, she was surprised to see a note waiting.

Then she got a closer look and jetted towards the back.

Twenty-two cats and kittens had been left in crates outside the store.

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“It was quite a surprise to realize there were cats left outside the store,” Kristi revealed in an interview with The Dodo.

The further she got through the letter, however, the more things started to make sense.

Unlike other abandoned animals, these kittens were clearly well cared for. They were all litterbox trained and healthy. The note contained the full story along with a request:

“Please understand and read this before you judge…”

“I have been rescuing cats for as long as I can remember,” it continued. “However, this year has completely broken me. Out back is all the babies I can’t find homes for, and I have run out of time.”

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It turns out the person who had been rescuing the cats had recently experienced a series of struggles. The person’s son was in a car accident and required a lot of care.

After the accident, an aunt died of liver cancer and the cat rescuer spent every cent paying for the burial. Finally, as if that wasn’t enough, the person got an eviction notice kicking them out of their house. Instead of packing, they’d spent the last few weeks trying to find the cats a home.

Alongside the crates, litterboxes, and toys, the person left $30— the only thing they had left.

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Luckily, they had left the felines with the perfect person.

Recruiting volunteers from her rescue, Kristi proceeded to coordinate foster homes for all the cats.

“My volunteers came in force to wash carriers, fill litter boxes, make lists and answer questions,” she told The Dodo.

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Some cats were placed in coworkers’ homes while others were sent to different organizations, like Town Cats of Ocean City in Maryland and the Coastal Cat Rescue in Bethany, Delaware.

She hopes the happy ending can provide the rescuer with some sort of peace.

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We’re so glad Kristi was able to take these cats in and find so many wonderful places for them to call home.

If you want to see a video of one of Kristi’s cute rescues, check it out below!

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Pretty Pixel is looking for her fur-ever home! Amazingly sweet, quiet, shy, and playful, Pixel is ready for THAT person! She is considered special needs and she will need to be on a life-time special diet, but please don’t let this scare you off! It’s not hard and it’s not expensive. She would love another cat and maybe even a dog. Please let me know if you would like to meet her. Please share!! She would be perfect for a stay-at-home family or older person/couple!

Posted by Kristi's Kats, Inc. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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