Hello my name is Fox. This is Stirlings story.
On July 4th, 2022, I was walking home from a fireworks celebration in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a friend. Our usual route passed by a church located directly behind our house. As we neared the Dumpster on the church’s premises, we heard a faint meowing sound. The meowing grew louder and more persistent as we got closer. My curiosity got the better of me, so I opened the gate and began to look around. Eventually, I lifted the lid of the dumpster and heard some movement from within. To my utter shock and sadness, I found three kittens, approximately 4-5 weeks old, whose eyes looked as though they had only just barely opened. Tragically, one of the black males had already passed away, but I was relieved to see that the white and grey male and the white and calico female were still alive, albeit in dire circumstances. It breaks my heart that there are people out there that can be so cold-hearted as to do something like that to such innocent lives.
My friend and I took the box of kittens back to my home where we could care for them. I buried the poor, deceased black male in the back of the flower bed, and the young male kitten continued to meow non-stop, while the tiny female stayed silent the entire time.
I made the decision to adopt the loud male. Observing his persistent behavior, which ultimately saved his and his sister’s lives, revealed a lot about his character. The color of his fur resembled silver, leading me to name him Stirling. His sister went to our friend’s house, but her story is unique and deserves its own retelling.
Stirling received his vaccinations, neutering, and microchipping upon his veterinary visit. Despite his wild spirit, he is incredibly loving and quickly acquired the proper habits such as using the litter box and scratch post. What astounds me the most is his intuition and ability to sense danger, continuously alerting us to potential threats.
As our bond flourished, I began researching different cat breeds online, discovering a story about Sophie, a Turkish Van mix female. With Stirling approaching his first birthday, he has become my closest companion. Although he still vocalizes frequently, our connection is unbreakable.
I couldn’t help but want to tell their story, to spread awareness about animal cruelty and the importance of rescuing and caring for animals in need.
P.S. The grey rat is Jack The Rat, Stirlings other best friend.
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