They Save a Pregnant Senior Cat from Death Row So She and Her Babies Could Have a Good Life

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A woman rescued a 12-year-old pregnant cat from a high kill shelter, so she and her babies could have a life at a wonderful home.

Meet Harper the cat!

Courtesy of Karyn Poplin at Kitty Adventure Rescue League & Sanctuary

At 12 years old, Harper ended up at a high kill shelter. "She was on an urgent euthanasia list, I believe, because of her age and being pregnant," Karyn Poplin told Love Meow. "At 12! That's like humans having babies at almost 70 years old!"

Poplin took the cat out of the shelter and gave her a forever loving home at Kitty Adventure Rescue League (Fort Worth, Texas), a cat sanctuary, that provides life-long care to disabled, special needs, and elderly cats.

"Welcome home, Harper. You've got a safe spot to have your babies and for you to retire!" Poplin said.

Courtesy of Karyn Poplin at Kitty Adventure Rescue League & Sanctuary

Her belly is about to pop!

Courtesy of Karyn Poplin at Kitty Adventure Rescue League & Sanctuary

There are always concerns with pregnancies of any age, but with older cats, there's a higher risk of complications.

"While Harper's pregnancy wasn't perfect, she did most of the work herself, and mom and babies are doing just fine. She's a great mom, even with the littlest one!"

Courtesy of Karyn Poplin at Kitty Adventure Rescue League & Sanctuary

"She will be a permanent resident here while her kittens will be adopted out once they are older enough (usually about 12 weeks old).

"The whole family will be fixed/vaccinated prior to any adoptions as well."

Courtesy of Karyn Poplin at Kitty Adventure Rescue League & Sanctuary

Mama Harper makes sure all her babies get the same love, including her little runt.

Courtesy of Karyn Poplin at Kitty Adventure Rescue League & Sanctuary

Harper is a wonderful mama and her kittens are happy and squirming.

Courtesy of Karyn Poplin at Kitty Adventure Rescue League & Sanctuary

Mama purring up a storm while her babies are nursing away.

"By spaying or neutering your pet, you'll help control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized in the United States each year simply because there aren't enough homes to go around," ASPCA said.

For more general information about spay/neuter, and to find out about locations in your area, please visit the ASPCA website.

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