Several months ago while out working I came across a small kitten. As I watched it walk along a seemingly abandoned building it approched it's mother. Along side her were several other kittens. As I came closer, they all followed mom through a hole along the grass line of the building, and were gone.
Being a person who could never leave an animal in perel went and bought some food and fresh water for this family. When I returned with the food I did not see them but decided to leave the food anyway as I was sure they would be back.
For the next several days I brought more food and water and each day I returned more and more cats showed up. I have counted as many as 26 cats, but seem to only have 14 regulars. Of course the food started become a bit of a financial burden, but soon people started donating food for them.
The 14 regular cats have been trapped and either spayed or neutered, then released back to their colony where I continue to feed them along with other helpful people.
Sadly, as anyone would guess there have been some loses. Some to trucks, others, have just disapeared. But there have been also been some happy endings also. Four kittens and one teenaged cat were caught and now living in real homes and doing well.
I'll keep feeding my rather large cat family as long as I have the means and the courage to do so.
It's funny how one can come to love something without ever having touched it.