Unplanned Bodega Visit Leads Woman to Rescue Seriously Ill Kitten

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There’s an X-Files episode where actor Peter Boyle plays a psychic and gives a monologue about all the strange cosmic choreography that has to happen for people to be in certain places at certain points in time and for lives to be saved or lost. I often think of that episode when I think of finding little Peaches.


In October, my boy kitty vomited several times over two days. He’s never sick, and it appeared to be mostly food, so I thought maybe something didn’t settle right. I ran out of paper towels to clean up the mess, so I walked down to the bodega on the corner to buy more. I never made it there.


Halfway down the block, I spotted little Peaches sitting on some steps that led upward to a narrow alley between two buildings. She was a super tiny little calico kitten. Her face was completely crusted over with eye gunk, and one little eye was bulging. I couldn’t figure out how she’d gotten there. Those steps were bigger than she was, and I knew she couldn’t see. She’d most likely been dumped because of her sickness.


I grabbed her, cuddled her up against my heart, and whispered, “It’s okay, it’s okay” as I took her back up to my apartment. I then took her to my vet to get her cleaned up.

She tested negative for feline leukemia/HIV but her eye infection was severe, she had an ear infection and lots of flea dirt. She needed a lot of followup care that I knew I couldn’t give. The vet advised against me fostering her because of the risk of contagion to my two cats. I took her home and waited for the Newark Humane Society to pick her up.

And sick as she was, she wanted to play. She climbed all over me and purred. I was in love.


I hope that whoever has little Peaches now loves her as much as I do. And I hope she’s healthy and safe, if not in a fur-ever home, then with the people at the Humane Society.

Story submitted by Selena Kyle from Newark, New Jersey.

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