Sandra Mueller, who works with the Sammy Foundation, unexpectedly met our Pets of the Week while on vacation in the central California coast town of Cambria.
Mueller said she walked into a bead store and the woman at the counter asked, "Do you make your own jewelry?" Mueller replied, "Only to help homeless animals." Mueller said the next thing she knew, she was out behind the woman's store in the pouring rain trying to catch kittens.
Mueller said she learned that the kittens belonged to a woman called "Linda," who was living in the trees behind the bead store. According to Mueller, Linda was a former real estate agent, who lost everything about three years ago. Mueller said Linda somehow manages to get $300 per month and spends it all on the kittens.
"These are no dumpster kittens," said Mueller who noted that they purred instantly when she picked them up.
Mueller said the kittens are healthier and friendlier than most kittens she receives that were born in people's homes, so she was surprised when Linda allowed Mueller to take two of the kittens home with her.
Mueller said the boy, the black-and-white kitten who looks like he's wearing a bow tie, is named Moonstone. She said he also has faint spots and green eyes. The Chocolate Point Siamese is a lovely little girl named Cambria.
The pair are up for adoption through the Sammy Foundation. Mueller would like the siblings to be adopted together, as she often finds them "spooning" in their bed.
Mueller said a local animal rescue group in the Cambria area had been helping Linda with her stray kittens, but the group had since gone bankrupt. So she hopes to continue to help place Linda's kittens and spay and neuter the ones Linda wants to keep. Mueller said it will be a long-term project for the Sammy Foundation because Linda has about 12 adult cats and 10 kittens, including Cambria and Moonstone.
"Linda is a lovely and incredibly caring woman," said Mueller. "If we here in Pacific Palisades can help out our Cambria neighbors, it would be fantastic."
If you're interested in adopting Cambria or Moonstone, or would like to help in the long-term efforts to care for Linda's cats, please visit the Sammy Foundation in Pacific Palisades, located at the . You may also visit the Sammy Foundation website by clicking here.
If you are interested in purchasing Mueller's jewelry, to benefit homeless animals, the pieces are on display in the lobby at the Blue Cross Pet Hospital.