Cat Lady: A cultural archetype or a stock character, often depicted as a single woman, a middle-aged or elderly spinster, who owns many pet cats.

When my alarm went off at 8 yesterday morning, I can honestly say that I had no intention of becoming the neighborhood superhero. Yes, I will admit that I am known as the village crazy lady who walks her cats, but that is besides the point in this epic story of kitten heroism.

The day started off like any other; leashing up my two cats Milo and Louie, and taking them out for their morning stroll around the neighborhood. As their usual 15 minutes were coming to an end, I happened to see a grey kitten out of the corner of my eye run into the water drain at the end of my street. Naturally, I strolled over to see if it was okay (and in reality I was already deciphering how I was going to afford to keep it and smother it with unconditional love!). As my wide eyes peeped into the drain, I discovered that the little gray kitten I saw wasn’t a kitten at all. It was a mother, with a litter of four tiny calico kittens.

My world immediately stopped, and I’m sure my Apple watch could tell you that my heart rate was around 120 BPM. With my mind racing on what my options were and how I was going to somehow save these kittens from the drain monster, I realized Milo and Lou were still leashed up beside me. As I carried them home, I apologized for having to cut their morning walk short, but explained that other kittens needed my help. From that moment on, my kitten rescue mission began.

I proceeded to call every rescue group in the area that I knew of to see if they had room to take in 5 more kittens. After 4 failed attempts, because it’s kitten season and everyone is dealing with kitten overload, I made one last call to a woman in the area named Barbara, owner of Pawsitively Precious Adoptions, Inc. She assured me that she would be at my residence within 10 minutes, cages in tow. As I began to feed the kittens and watch them wolf down 5 cans of wet food and a bowl of water, I realized that I was the chosen one for this good deed and couldn’t have been more thankful for the opportunity.

After calling maintenance to help me lift the water drain cover, crawling in and out to set up the traps with food, and 12+ hours of multiple trips back and forth to see if they had gone in for the bate, I had successfully rescued all five kittens. I put the caged kittens in my bathroom and closed the door to keep them away from my two nosey pests and waited for Barbara to arrive.

So where are they now? All four kittens are safe and sound with their momma at Barbara’s house getting dewormed, tick treated, bathed, spayed and prepped to find their forever homes. I will honestly say that I’m sad I couldn’t keep all of them, but I have a strong feeling that they will all find a home filled with love.

The take away? Spay and neuter your furry family members. They will thank you. Our SPCA’s and foster homes are overloaded because our friends, neighbors even, aren’t taking the time to spay or neuter their animals, which is resulting in stray, water drain kittens who are just looking for some food and love. At the end of the day, you can call me the cat whisperer, the cat warrior, or even the crazy cat lady, I’m fine with all of the above, I’m just proud to be able to say I saved a family of five.