Rescue Jenna’s Swan Song: Saving Sampson and Delilah – Greenville, SC

My dear friend and rescue partner Jenna, whom I have mentioned frequently, is facing one of the cruel challenges of life, that of an unwell spouse.  Jenna will be leaving behind the world of animal rescue in order to care for her spouse.  On behalf of all critters everywhere, thank you for being there and for saving so many helpless animals.  Our thoughts and prayers and with you and your husband.

This is Jenna’s swan song:

Sampson and Delilah.  The call came in to Concerned Citizens For Animals of a mother who had not been seen and babies with their eyes still closed.  Nothing more other than an approximate location was given.  The emailer gave no information of themselves and when we tried to contact them we got a return mail response.

I rushed over to the church with the empty parking lot looking for a trash dumpster where the emailer said they would be found.  A teeny orange kitty barely able to cry anymore, probably because he had been crying for a day now, was on the sidewalk.  He was covered in blood with dried on sticky afterbirth.  Mama had just given birth maybe a day ago. Looking through the bushes I found another, a tortie, very stiff unable to move, covered in blood.  I thought she was dead, but their was still life in her.  Further inspection lead me to two more. One was covered in maggots, rigor mortis had set in and still another that I thought was in that same condition, a tortie ,was found.  When I picked her up she opened her mouth and tried to cry and she moved her arms, but I knew she was too far gone.  The maggots were coming out of her mouth, they had already claimed their prize.

I rushed to the vet nearby.   Euthanasia was what she told me to do.  They have less than a 1% survival rate and the little tortie female will not make it through the night.   They were covered in fleas and maggots everyone in every orifice possible.  They also had never had the benefit of any time with mother in that the afterbirth on them indicated they had just been born and for whatever may have happened, mama was gone.

I wanted to try.  The next morning even after Revolution was applied the ears on the little boy were pools of blood.  I had a suspect of what it was and as I began to squeeze maggots, so many came out I thought he would never hear, and the vet confirmed it was a possibility.  We all struggled those first weeks as would any person who has been through this knows, who has nursed but struggled because the insects on them and in their intestional tract had started their death toll.  Enemas, and ever sort of thing we could do to keep them alive, a true struggle for these babies, and alive we did keep them.

Sampson & Delilah

We have reached five weeks now and my prayer through the feedings is for one more miracle.  You see I have come to love them in a way that I cannot begin to tell you.  But I cannot keep them.  My 80 year old husband has some mental issues that are demanding more and more of my time as he progresses through this disease.  I know I too will not outlive these kittens.

I have been doing rescue now for ten years and this is my swan song.  I have seen some horrible things down south in my time and I have seen some beautiful things with animals who have been given a second chance at life.  But this, this is so very difficult for me to do, that is to give these babies up.  But I love them enough to do that, for I cannot give them the life they deserve.  This is a fitting swan song for me because I have never, ever seen animals struggle to live more than Sampson and Delilah.  They are extremely loving and affectionate, sweet and tender, and they are an attestation to the never ending will to live and the miracles of God.

Sampson & Delilah

Every night and day I am praying and praying for a very special home for them.  They will be fully vetted when they weigh enough and have no special needs.  Yes, Sampson can hear……………. 

Let’s help Jenna, who has helped so many, find a home for these beautiful babies.  Please share, share, share.  Contact me at terry (at) foreverhomewanted (dot) com if you can help.

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Dash Kitten
7 years ago

OK Brian – this will be up on our AnimalSOS page within the hour.

7 years ago

My goodness … WHAT a GOOD GOOD soul Jenna is. And how sad that she has to quit rescue and for that reason … we are purring for her & her husband, and for these LUCKY LITTLE KITTENS. If she hadn’t come around when she did, we shudder to think what would have happened to them. But we do love a happy ending and these tiny babies look SO adorable.

We will share this on my blog IMMEDIATELY!

Selina & MomKatt Laura

7 years ago

Oh my gosh…this is giving me tingles and tears. Bless you, bless you, bless you, Jenna. We are sending our prayers and purrs for ALL of them. The love you have for these sweet kittens makes our hearts spill over.

We will absolutely share this story.
You never know who will step forward to love.
: ) Glogirly

7 years ago

and thank you to Dash! That’s how we heard about this post!

Carma Poodale
7 years ago

aw I will share. We had a kitten dumped at the Humane Society that didn’t have its eyes open yet. Some how it found its way to the mailbox on the property. That is how we knew it was dumped. The kitten looked just like the orange and white one in the photo. Like those kittens ,the one we found had maggots coming out of its bottom and we seen tiny movement in the ears and ma took it in the light and seen it was maggots too. Now let me tell you the one thing my ma can’t handle… Read more »

Cat's Cats
7 years ago

Thank you for helping those precious babies!!! We hope they find a safe and loving home soon. Sending lots of purrs and prayers your way 🙂

7 years ago

Shared on my FB page & Selina’s FB page. Morticia’s too!

The Zoo
7 years ago

Thank you Jenna and Brian for all yall do and have done. We so hope these two precious babies find a great home.

Salem (our oldest girl) was found in almost such a state ((brand new born with her dead brother beside her) and we had to take such the same care of her until she was able to make it herself) and shes now 17 years old.