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It's no secret I'm a big animal lover. Every pet I've ever owned was rescued from the pound or, as is the case with one of my current dogs, from a snowy field in Ohio in the dead of winter.

So when I heard a faint mewing Sunday night while outside in my yard, it bothered me. By Monday, when I still kept hearing it, I couldn't help but investigate. What my husband and I found was heartbreaking. Two tiny kittens, maybe two weeks old, crying, starving and covered in dirt and grime in some thorny brushes on the other side of our fence.

With no momma cat in sight and considering the state they were in and we had heard them crying for two nights, we decided to take them in as it appeared they'd been abandoned.

We fed them with an eye dropper and put them in a box full of fluffy towels. And then...

Well, that's where we are now. With two big dogs already and a townhouse the size of a shoebox, we know we can't keep them. Not to mention, we don't have the money for added vet bills.

And unfortunately, every other animal lover I know can't take them in because they already have two, or three or in some cases four or five animals they've already rescued. I'm still waiting to hear back from one no-kill shelter, but the other one I contacted is already full (which isn't a surprise considering the number of stray animals in the area).

So what is a person to do in a situation like this? Naturally I'll keep looking for a home for them but what if I can't find one? It seems ridiculous to go through all the effort of saving them, only to send them somewhere they could get euthanized.

For now, I'm just going to keep my fingers crossed that someone out there will want these two while also hoping I can manage to keep them alive considering how young they are.

In the meantime, I plan to privately curse under my breath the people who don't spay and neuter their animals.