Last Spring, Scott and Barbara Peterson had a visitor to their Tustin apartment – a beautiful black and white cat who was affectionate and loving. The animal – they named her Boots because of her white paws – soon became a part of the family.
But after a few weeks they realized that Boots was putting on weight, that she was pregnant.
When the time came for Boots to deliver her litter, it quickly became clear that something was wrong. She was in extreme discomfort and seemed unable to give birth. Scott searched the internet and found a website which suggested that a mother cat who was in labor for five hours should be taken to the hospital. He went back to the internet to look for a nearby veterinarian and decided to take Boots to Veterinary Surgical Specialists in Tustin not far from their home.
There Dr. Diane Craig performed a cesarean section and delivered two kittens. She told Scott and Barbara that one of the kittens was simply too big to be delivered by a normal birth.
Scott, a retired electrician, did not have the financial resources to pay the hospital and surgery bills. He applied for an Angel Fund grant and was approved for $500, an amount that the clinic matched. He and Barbara are grateful for the help they received and the care Boots was given.
Today, Boots, who was spayed when her kittens were delivered, is an indoor cat. One of the kittens still lives with the Petersons. “She [Boots] is really pretty. She’s black with white paws and a white tuxedo look,” Scott said. And she is healthy and happy. He e H
“I thought it was miraculous that she came to us when she was pregnant,” he said. “If she hadn’t done that, she probably wouldn’t have survived. She just walked in the door. We didn’t realize she was pregnant at first. But if she hadn’t come to us, she would not have lived.”
Did she have some inkling that she might need help? “I don’t know,” Scott said. “Maybe somebody else sent her our way. Maybe somebody from above.”