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©2018 Robin AF Olson. Pistachio was found inside a truck engine with a frostbitten tail. He had a huge bloated belly full of parasites, but was skin and bones under all that fluffy fur. He's our first rescue of 2018.

It's Midnight, March 1, 2018. Fairfield County's Community Foundation Giving Day is here! It's a marathon fundraiser where local non-profits go head to head to compete for a chance to win up to $20,000 in prize money.

How does Kitten Associates stand a chance to win? We need YOU! The non-profit with the most DONATIONS in a single day wins.

1. DONATE $10 or more (more is good!) use THIS SPECIAL LINK ON FCGives between now and 11:59 PM EST.

2. TELL 10 of YOUR FRIENDS TO DO THE SAME. Sharing this post can dramatically improve our chances!

Stay tuned to our Facebook Page for updates throughout the day.

Your donation IS tax-deductible. Kitten Associates is a 501c3 non-profit, award-winning, 100% volunteer, home-foster based cat rescue located in Sandy Hook, CT.

Know that every dollar matters and makes a huge difference to our rescue efforts. The other cat rescue in town closed in December 2017, so we're ramping up to pick up the slack. It's going to be a busy year. We hope we can count on your help. Thank you for being part of our team!

©2018 Robin AF Olson. A month later, Pistachio blossomed in our care after nearly a dozen trips to the Vet and LOTS of TLC. He's one of the most charming kittens we've ever had the pleasure of caring for. #FairfieldCountyGives

In Memorium-Scotty

Ms. Chris is a dear friend to all of us at Kitten Associates. She's passionate about helping others and is truly passionate about everything she does. She's honored us many times over the years by coming to our rescue when we've had a medical crisis with one of our kittens. Now Chris needs us.

Scotty, Ms. Chris's dear kitty, passed away over the holidays, earning his wings and joining Snickers at the Rainbow Bridge. He'd lived a cherished life, where he wanted for nothing. He loved his daddy, John and his kitty-buddy, Angelo. Scotty was a sweet, beautiful boy.

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Rest in Peace, Scotty.

We are humbled that Ms. Chris has decided to make a generous donation in honor of Scotty to our rescue program. It has already provided for the 9 vet visits our newest foster boy, Pistachio has needed over the past few weeks. Without the support, love and generosity of Ms. Chris, we would not be able to save lives.

Our deepest condolences to Chris, John and Angelo, who is sad and looking for his friend. As we often say in rescue: "Fly Free, Scotty. No more pain or suffering, just love and light."

The Cutest Kitten on the Internet!

We were determined to take a break this winter, for the first time in over 7 years. We dreamed of not having to do vet runs every week or having to beg for donations for awhile, but when a call came in to help a feral kitten who was rescued trying to warm himself inside a truck engine, one look at his face and we knew we just couldn't say no.

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©2018 Robin AF Olson. The engine where Pistachio was found.

His name is Pistachio. He was feral, filthy and had a HUGE belly that told us he probably had lots of parasites inside him. We got to work right away, de-worming him, then giving bath after bath as he purged the parasites and began to smell more like a kitten and less like a diesel engine.

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©2018 Robin AF Olson. On intake day and one week later, Pistachio begins to blossom.

What we didn't know is this feral kitten loved to be brushed. He loved to be held after only a day or two of being afraid. In all the years and over 500 foster kittens, this guy socialized very fast. And as the grime washed away and he began to gain some measure of health and vitality, we were completely captivated by how adorable he was.

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©2018 Robin AF Olson. We're pretty sure 'stache is the cutest kitten on the internet!

Pistachio has been with us for just two weeks. He needed to see the vet 5 times to make sure he was recovering from the ill effects of parasites. There are two more siblings on the property where Pistachio was found. We're going to try to trap them (again) in a few days. In the meantime, we need to have funds available to provide for Pistachio's continued care, and have some set aside for his family once we trap them (Mom, too).

You can help by Making a Gift Here for as little as $1. to whatever amount you wish.. You can purchase a gift for Pistachio from our Wishlist or visit our Target Gift Registry, too. Everything helps make it possible for us to save more lives and celebrate the journey of these little lives to wellness and one day, to finding their forever home.