Rocky is a Fighter!

When Nikki (one of our amazing supporters and a Kitten Foster Mom specializing in caring for neonatal & critical care kitties with an amazing Instagram followinggot the call to rescue a kitten, she had no idea what she was walking in on. An innocent baby was found in a driveway, her placenta still attached. Her siblings had not survived and the mama was nowhere in sight.

The little kitten was then rushed to Hearts Alive Village and we arranged medical care.

Neonatal kittens are hard to care for, and despite having to head up to Colorado for her husband’s cancer surgery, Nikki decided to foster the baby. She named her Rocky in honor of their trip and bottle-fed the kitten for weeks.

Krista had been following Nikki on Instagram for years. A neonatal ICU nurse (for humans) she loved seeing the kitten side of things. She watched from California as Rocky grew stronger, telling herself that kittens need to be adopted in pairs and she couldn’t handle two cats.

When she heard that Rocky wasn’t a fan of other cats, she put in an application. But Rocky was already adopted.

Two days later… the placement hadn’t worked out.

A few days later, Krista and Nikki met in Barstow. Rocky had found her new mom.

She’s now spoiled rotten. Every time Krista goes to the store, the kitten gets a new toy.

Rocky is slowly turning into a lap kitty. She loves to snuggle and likes to nurse on her mom’s face while she’s sleeping.

“It’s been a great experience having her. It’s amazing to walk in the house in the morning and have her run to me and want snuggles. She’s got my heart.”  – Krista

This Giving Tuesday, you can help us provide the care that these pets need to have a happy life. Thanks to a generous match from one of our donors, Howard Ash, there has never been a better time to give. All gifts up to $10,000 will be matched, but our goal is to raise $50,000.

Every animal deserves a second chance at a happy story. Hearts Alive Village has already saved more than 4,250 animals and with your help, we can save so many more.

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