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A year ago, kitten Tim was homeless, living in a vacant lot in North Carolina with only a groundhog hole as protection from chilly fall and winter weather.

Tim lived at this lot with a group of other kittens, who were presumably his siblings.

One day, a woman known as Reddit user Natasha10005 discovered the group at the empty lot, which sat right next to her workplace. Most of the kittens disappeared, afraid of visitors, and only Tim remained.

“Not sure what happened to them … I did see a black cat run across the lot the other day when I got to work so that may be one of his brothers still there. I tried to get close enough to them to catch them but they and the mom were all basically feral. We have a TNR (trap neuter release) program here where they fix them and notch their ears so if I see them again I’ll try and get some traps,” said Natasha via Life with Cats.

Natasha ended up rescuing Tim, and for the last year, he has been living a happy, healthy, and warm life with her indoors.

Discover Tim’s heartwarming journey from groundhog hole to forever home with the photo story below.

Coming to offer the feral kittens something to eat, Natasha snapped a photo of Tim and his siblings, who watched her curiously from afar.


While Tim ate up his meal, his siblings watched on, not wanting to get too close. Natasha says, “He was the only kitten that would really get close to any of us.”

only cat to get close

Walking around the empty lot, Natasha discovered the groundhog hole the kittens called home.

hole was living in

That morning, she shared her chicken biscuit breakfast sandwich with Tim.

sharing breakfast

Not long after, Natasha brought him into her office, where he lived for a few days.

inside the office

She soon brought him to the vet for a check-up. She notes, “He was purring so loud the doc couldn’t even hear his heartbeat.”

first vet visit

He was then quarantined in Natasha’s bedroom for a week to ensure he wouldn’t develop a respiratory infection or other conditions. Once his week was up, he finally met his adopted brothers, Stewie and Chiba.

meeting new brothers

He then took to napping with his stuffed troll…

napping with troll

…and learned “the ropes” with Stewie.

Stewie showing him the ropes

In no time, he was best friends with his new brothers.

best friends

Around Christmas time, he found a new spot to play…

playing inside christmas tree

…and got a little mischievous, shredding up some toilet paper, a phase Natasha says has “passed, thankfully.”

toliet paper mess

It soon came time for Tim to take another trip to the vet — this time to get neutered.

second vet trip

He recuperated well from his surgery and has since enjoyed napping on the couch with his brothers…

napping on the couch

…and begging for affection.

want affection

Most importantly, he’s found a home where he can stay warm and safe and have fun — a place where he can be happy forever.

Tim today

Many animals like Tim are searching for their forever homes too — check out these 10 mutts and 10 senior pets that are currently up for adoption. If you’re looking for another photo rescue story, don’t miss our feature on baby squirrel Zip right here.

All images: Natasha10005 / Imgur

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11 comments on “One Kitten’s Amazing Journey from Groundhog Hole to Forever Home (PHOTOS)”

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Cgurl McMakin
4 Years Ago


Kelly Jean
4 Years Ago

Heartwarming for the cat. Not so heartwarming for the innocent chicken that wound up in the lady's biscuit. Double standard. Too bad nobody was around to rescue the chicken.

Imogene King
4 Years Ago

So sweet! Made me think of my little Clover.

Peggy Goddard
4 Years Ago

Ann Singer do you remember Spooky?

Irene Ward
4 Years Ago

good to read

Lorraine Rainey Stofa
4 Years Ago

He reminds me of my Teddy. I found him in the woods! He was with me for 22 wonderful loving years ! <3 O:-)

Sheila Sadighi
4 Years Ago


Shirley Furgoch
4 Years Ago

Reminds me so much of all the cats I've rescued in my life...always a great feeling. One of my recues is now 20 yrs old...I have her photo on my timeline.

Debbie Swanson
4 Years Ago

Beautiful story

Jaya Dargan
4 Years Ago

live long <3


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