Mike Shirley-Donnelly and Delicaye Shirley-Donnelly from San Jose, California, discovered the first batch of kittens over two years ago, during an Easter egg hunt they had planned for their children in the garden.
The kitty portal
First, they discovered 5 kittens, and then a sixth kitten appeared at the bottom of the garden! A few days later number seven showed up! Had some kind of kitty portal opened up? Or was there a more rational explanation?
We knew absolutely nothing about taking care of kittens but since our yard was already a hotbed for coyotes and raccoons we knew leaving them outside meant death or feral cat overpopulation. pic.twitter.com/gGcKx8aCek— Curious Quail (@CuriousQuail) March 27, 2018
After some investigating, the couple figured out where all the kitties were coming from. A pair of abandoned unspayed females had been making "friends" with the local feral tomcats. Now, three years later, the couple has raised and rehomed 24 kittens.
24 kittens later
“Every cat that ended up being born in our yard was the result of TWO unfixed female kittens being abandoned by their owners,” wrote Mike. “Two cats + feral toms = 24 kittens in one year, and that is with us ACTIVELY trying to trap/neuter/release. If we hadn't? CATPOCALYPSE.”
The couple have now moved to a new house, but they won't be forgetting about the kitty portal for quite some time. After all, they've got 24 little reminders!
All of them got fixed and are now living happily in our Desert Art Colony. Cats are good, people. Everyone should rescue cats. pic.twitter.com/zhAy0ow5Qe— Curious Quail (@CuriousQuail) March 27, 2018