Yesterday afternoon, these efforts were halted when my roommate mentioned that there was a family of kittens living under our porch. I spent the rest of the evening catching all three week-old kittens, and trying to nab their wiley, smart mama. She ended up outwitting me and taking the kittens (who I had used as bait in the humane cat trap) off to a new hiding spot before I realized she was not setting off the trapdoor. So I just had one kitten (below) to bottle feed and care for overnight. This morning I took the kitten in to a rehabber who will find it a good home.
My mom suggested I take a self-defense class, so I've scheduled to take one this weekend with a friend. I've also learned that policy regarding general delivery (in case I wanted to pre-send non-perishables to myself along the way) at post offices are not consistent. I know people have contacted post offices along the Mississippi before, and sent themselves food...guess I should just ask those people which POs were amenable to this!