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KITTEN LADY👸🏼🍼🐱 Kitten rescuer, humane educator + bestselling author changing the world for tiny felines. Founder @orphankittenclub KittenLady BOOKS⬇️

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This morning my grandma found an old photo of me with my first cat friends, Pumpkin and Pepper, in the NYC apartment whe - 2131399273880136231

Hannah Shaw (@kittenxlady) Instagram Profile Photo
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Hannah Shaw

 image by Hannah Shaw (@kittenxlady) with caption : "This morning my grandma found an old photo of me with my first cat friends, Pumpkin and Pepper, in the NYC apartment whe" - 2131399273880136231

This morning my grandma found an old photo of me with my first cat friends, Pumpkin and Pepper, in the NYC apartment where I grew up. Such a precious memory, but also hurts my heart a little bit. I don’t talk much about my childhood publicly, because I value both privacy and focus. But when I think about what led me to become so dedicated to animal rescue, the truth is that childhood instability played a big role. I spent a lot of my adolescence struggling with trauma and abandonment issues; I didn’t always feel the stability and warmth that I longed for. As an adult, I’ve found it immensely healing to be able to provide a safe space to those who are smaller than me—to be a source of unconditional love, patience, presence, and gentle kindness. To build the loving home I always wanted. Pumpkin and Pepper were only in my life a short time, as they were sadly surrendered to a shelter when I was a kid. I wish I could go back in time to demand better for them, and to wrap my arms around all three of the wide-eyed little lives in this photo and tell them “I’ve got you, you’re safe.” But the past is in the past, and the best we can do is to live in the present—to create the world now that we wish we’d had then. Has animal rescue been healing for you, too? ♥️

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