Last year 2 cats began visiting my porch looking for food. I started feeding and caring for them. A few months later one kitten appeared with them. I guess seeing them like that really made it hit home that they were a family.
This past summer it became obvious that there were more kittens due. I was terrified at the thought of her having them outdoors. I had nightmares of them being killed, cold, unfed, and homeless.
I called my local vet and asked for the number to an organization for assistance. Luckily, I found people willing to give me advice and information.
The “father” was trapped, neutered, and released. The older kitten was trapped, neutered, and moved in with me. The issue was pregnant mother cat. I caught her without a trap and she gave birth less then a week later to 3 beautiful kittens.
Sadly, shortly afterwards mother cat and one kitten tested positive for FELV. The kittens all found loving homes with informed people. Mother cat is undergoing vaccinations and hopefully will someday test negative (fingers crossed).
Many stories like mine end far worse. I feel fortunate to have a story without a tragic ending.