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Cats Persistently Arrive at Woman’s Doorstep Seeking Help.

The haunting cry of a kitten reached Maria Delk’s bedroom window on the whispers of the wind. As she and her husband prepared for bed, the persistent plea continued—a relentless series of meows.

“It kept going on and on,” she shared with The Dodo. “So, finally, my husband went outside.”

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On the sidewalk across the street, the kitten appeared almost like a specter. Her husband brought her inside.

“I thought she was dying,” Delk expressed. “It looked like her eye was gone.”

And that marked the introduction of Grace, a feral kitten who, following a crucial trip to the hospital, is now recovering energetically in Delk’s home.

The mystery of how the little house in Rio Vista, California, became a refuge for stray cats remains unsolved, particularly for the family residing there.

“I’m not a cat person,” Delk admitted.

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Evidently, the message hasn’t reached the feline inhabitants. Instead, the peculiar scenario repeats itself. Over and over again.

There’s Gandalf the Grey, who was residing in a bush merely three months ago.

Then there’s Bailey, arriving with an infected mouth. “I had to rush him to the hospital,” she recounted.

It almost seems like Maria Delk’s house was constructed atop an ancient catnip burial ground—how else could one explain the otherworldly allure?

With seven cats already inside the house, recent events unfolded, and Grace’s siblings emerged in need of care. That brings the count to nine lives, quite naturally.

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And outside? A continually shifting tide of lithe strangers, injured refugees, and hungry apparitions.

“There are about 15 different ones that come,” Delk shares. “I’ve named some. I don’t name some. I’m trying not to get too attached.”

These cats aren’t drawn by catnip; they seek compassion.

In a town with around 8,000 residents, Delk stands out as one of the few who invests significant time caring for local cats, whether feral or lost. Many of them arrive with severe injuries.

“Some days, I feel like shutting my blinds,” she admits. “But I can’t. Because I know if I don’t feed them, nobody will.”

As a substitute secretary, Delk’s days are already lengthy.

“This week, I’ve been getting up at four in the morning to get the outside cats fed, the two kittens fed,” she shares. “Grace is separate. Then the indoor cats.”

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“I’m not a cat person,” she asserts. “But now I am.”

Despite her insistence, the procession of cats displays no intention of abating.

Take Sophia, for instance. “She’s kind of like a meerkat,” Delk observes. “She’s got a funny personality. She’s a stalker.”

Bob, a feral cat, joined the ranks later. Initially very hungry, he eventually made himself at home.

“He ended up moving in,” Delk recounts. “He knocked on the front door last December just before Christmas, and he never moved out.”

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Delk is collaborating with a humane trapper to capture some of the more elusive cats, with the goal of bringing them to a clinic for spaying.

“If I don’t trap now, next year I’m going to have a whole slew of kittens,” she anticipates.

And that’s the last thing Delk needs.

Her commendable willingness to aid these cats reflects compassion and a sincere desire to positively impact their lives. Through her assistance, she could be making a significant difference in the well-being and future of these feline visitors.

Stories like this underscore the interconnectedness between humans and animals, emphasizing the importance of extending a helping hand to those in need, including our furry friends.

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