I couldn't resist saying how much your story moved me. I have brought in a feral these past few weeks and though the landlord doesn't allow for them to be in my apt., I've gotten them used to sleeping on the couch in the building lobby, away from the street, the dogs, the other cats, the cold, the rain, the cars, the constant fear. The white, young kitten turned from a muddy, scared, malnourished, hyperactive mess into a white princess - and neighbors smile when they pass by and say how beautiful she is. I just have to go downstairs every couple hours and watch her sleep. The other one is more afraid, so I'm slowly getting her used to at least spend time in the building, where it's safer than in the streets.
Again, thank you for sharing and for what you did for your 2 ferals!