When Shaw saw the kitten, she broke down. "I just started to sob," she says. "I think this kitten was maybe 3 or 4 days old. I knew I was in way over my head, and I already knew that there was no one who was going to help."
But Shaw was determined to learn how to care for this young kitten. Because Zeke was so young, he would need a higher level of care than her previous charges, so she tried to figure out what to do on her own - seeking out advice from anywhere she could, and researching online.
"I was 20 or 21 years old, and I had no money," Shaw says. "We knew we had to bottle-feed the kitten, so we went and got the supplies, but we were in way over our heads. So my friend and I agreed to co-foster and to both put money aside to try and help the kitten."