Earlier this summer, the kittens were taken to the Arlington Wildlife Conservation League in Arlington, Virginia, where they were given a chance to live well. Kitten College volunteers worked long hours to take care of them.
Two small expenses required special attention. Volunteer lifeguard Lauren Strikula helped and brought them home.
For the first few days, the hairballs comforted each other. They were very small and vulnerable and had several health problems. Jace’s brother was tough at first and it took him a while to figure out how to eat from cans. Sister Jackie crawled over to him.
With meds and painstaking care, the twins began to perk up, seek affection and make significant weight gains. When Jace started wiggling his ears while he gobbled down the food, it made all the hard work and sleepless nights worthwhile.
Jackie mirrored his energy and became more motivated than ever to eat and play. They kept each other’s spirit up and continued to make strides.*
Over the next few weeks, the pair really blossomed. They took their first steps outside their nest, figured out the litter box, and learned to eat from a dish together, side by side.
Despite looking nearly identical, the kittens have distinct personalities. Jace is the mischief-maker and Jackie is the mellow sister. Together, they make a dynamic duo.
When they were big enough to spread their wings and fly, Lauren knew they needed a family that would open their heart to both of them.
Alexandra and Bryan were looking for a new addition to join their family when they came across the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. They saw Jace and Jackie on Instagram and were instantly smitten. They reached out to the rescue and turned out to be the perfect match for the kittens.
“I will always remember all my life the infectious joy of kittens, the goofy, infectious nature and love for each other, who trusted all the people they met,” Lauren wrote. “My role in the story of the twins is over, but their happy life is just beginning.”
Watch the kitten’s journey in this cute video: