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((This is a tad graphic so please don't read this if that kind of thing is too disturbing for you))

A little under a month ago my mother and I saved what looked like a 1 1/2, 2 month old kitten from the side of the road. He was hit, his bottom lip split pretty bad and something was wrong with one of his back legs. I knew i had to take him into a rescue so they could do the right thing, but i also knew that he was much too young for them to really help and that they would most likely euthanize him. He was in a lot of pain, so I took him anyway, and of course they euthanized him like I expected. Not a day goes by where I think I could have done better for him, could have taken him somewhere else to give him another chance. But that would have meant making him wait and continue to suffer... I don't know how to get past this funk. I know it's not my fault he was there in the first place, nor our fault he was hit. I didn't even know this kitten longer than a few hours but I continue to feel such intense sadness over the whole thing. Is this just something I have to wait until it feels better? Any advice on how to move on from this kind of thing?

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In my opinion you did exactly the right thing. With the injuries you describe the little kitten was probably suffering a great deal and would have died a slow and very painful death on the side of the road. You and your mom held him and cared for him when no one else did and he was euthanized humanely so that his suffering could end. I applaud you both for what you did. Even if you had taken him to a vet the result may have been the same, there have been times in my life when I could not afford a vet bill and had to do the same thing you and your mom did. Your sadness is normal and will ease with time. I am sure you will always remember the kitten and come to realize you did what you could for him. God bless you for your kindness.

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I agree wholeheartedly with twinkiesmom. You did everything that a caring and compassionate person would do. Thank you. I know it's sad to see any animal in pain and then to have to say goodbye, but I hope you can feel at peace knowing you did the best thing for this little soul. 


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You were so kind to take the time to pick up this poor little kittie and take him somewhere where his pain and suffering could be addressed.  There are so many people out there that wouldn't have taken the time to help.  This is such a very sad situation but you did the right thing.  I know we always want to do more or second guess ourselves.  I'm sorry you have been left feeling so sad over this.   It's because you care and I think you and your mom were this little kitties heroes.  Please keep reaching out.
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