Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts, Inc. (C.A.R.E.)

Can you provide the ending to this adoption story?

Here at Three Chatty Cats we love sharing adoption and rescue stories. But what about when the adoption story is lacking an ending? Today we’re introducing you to Summer and Splash who are being fostered in Richmond, Virginia with Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts, Inc. (C.A.R.E.). I hope that in sharing their story, it brings them one step closer to a forever home. And by all means, please feel free to share, too!

The Story of Summer and Splash

Shared by foster mom Kelsey at C.A.R.E

I rescued Summer from a feral colony when she was eight months old and pregnant. At first she was very shy, but I worked with her every day, gaining her trust. Soon she learned that humans meant good things to eat and a gentle scratch under the chin.

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Just when it seemed like things were turning around for Summer, she went into labor…but it didn’t go well. I rushed her to the vet, who told me they would have to do an emergency C-section. As they prepared for surgery, I braced myself to lose all of the kittens. And then, against all odds, three tiny miracles were born. All of the vet techs and both vets were there, and all of us were moved by the experience – one of the vet techs was even in tears.

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Splash watching her mama, Summer.

Splash was the smallest and weakest of the three kittens. I worried that she might not make it, so I gave her extra feedings from a syringe. Summer took extra special care of Splash and was very protective of her baby. Summer had grown attached to me, but she let me know that she didn’t want me to take Splash out to feed and weigh her – she wanted her baby to be close to her. Summer groomed her and cuddled her and always made sure she got enough to eat.

Thanks to Summer, Splash survived.

Eventually, the kittens grew up, and Splash’s two siblings were adopted together. Summer grew even more attached to little Splash and I often would see them snuggling together.

Splash and Summer’s remarkable story is now missing just one thing: their forever home together.

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Summer and her kitten, Splash.

Summer and Splash are currently being fostered in Richmond, Virginia. C.A.R.E. does require in-state adoptions. So, if you know someone in Virginia looking for an adorable, bonded pair, please share!

Summer is still rather shy and they will need a quiet home with no dogs or very young children. They have been up for adoption for several months and are continually overlooked because they are a shy, bonded pair.

To learn more, please visit their adoption profiles at and And be sure to watch these adorable videos from C.A.R.E.

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  1. I wish I had room for those two babies. I live in Virginia but at 5 cats I am at my limit. I’ll forward this story to some locals and maybe they’ll find their forever home soon!!

  2. Awww, we hope their forever family is on the way to adopt these two together, because our mama Zuzu and her daughter Viola know how special life is when family can be kept together.

  3. They are both very lovely kitties. It is sad, but bonded pairs are harder to get adopted out. That being said, I would never want to split a bonded pair. They obviously love and need each other. I hope that someone sees this and gives these two precious babies a loving home.