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Pippa was the sole survivor from a litter of kittens born about January 4, 2012 in a storm drainage pipe behind our house. Her mother later moved her into our yard.

Marge discovered Pippa when she heard a chirping sound in the bushes. It was love at first sight! Marge named her Pippa for "pip squeak," because of her chirping.

We built a waterproof shelter with food, water and cozy blankets for protection from the cold. It soon became apparent that Pippa and her moms daily visits were causing Sammie, our diabetic cat's, glucose levels to be dangerously high from the stress of having "his yard" invaded.

Our vet told us the only way to return Sammie's glucose level to the normal range was to remove the cause of stress. Judy Sarullo, the owner of Pet Rescue by Judy in Sanford, Florida, agreed to take Pippa in, if she were first vaccinated and tested for leukemia and AIDS. We did that and reluctantly took Pippa to the shelter on April 4th. We did it for Sammie's sake, but giving Pippa up was heartbreaking.

PRBJ placed Pippa in a wonderful foster home with lots of cats. Pippa loved her foster parents and was happy with her new playmates.

On September 28th, our beloved Sammie lost his five year bout with diabetes, leaving a huge hole in our hearts. In early November, an unfortunate family medical crisis necessitated relocating the foster cats. But Pippa was not one of them. It appeared that she would be returned to the shelter.

We adopted Pippa on November 17th for a Happy Thanksgiving homecoming. She brought new happiness into our home after losing Sammie. Pippa loves having her face rubbed and lying atop her play tree watching the birds and squirrels. Thankfully she's home for good!

Neal & Marge McFarland
Gotha, FL

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