Just a quick note of clarification regarding my cat post:
Reprimanding me and my family for not getting the cats spayed early enough is understandable -- I hear your fury and frustration and I apolgoize. This story and your comments serve as very good reminders of WHY it is so important to spay and neuter your pets as early as possible (and we have ever since).
However, I cannot go back and change what happened almost a decade ago.
The cats were and have always been an active part of our family, and this has not been easy for anyone. That is WHY we are trying to find -- through every means possible, including this blog -- a good home for the cats INSTEAD of handing them off to a shelter.
The cats are currently living with my youngest sister until other arrangements can be made.