Tuesday, March 03, 2009

"Cameron"

It's such a blessing to speak with excited new volunteers. Every time I speak with someone who wants to help, it forces me to get out of my "ho-hum self" and reinstates why I love doing cat rescue. Sometimes I find myself getting excited all over again.

I was speaking with a new foster Mom named Cheryl. Cheryl wanted to rescue a cute orange and white guy named Mario. She and her family were SO excited to help Mario and perhaps even add him as a permanent member of their home. She was disheartened to find out that Mario had already been taken by the local SPCA. (Sometimes they take cats on death row too). I could hear the disappointment in her voice and I panicked that perhaps she wouldn't want to take any cat.

So I told her about "Cameron":


I had primed her that Cameron didn't take a very good shelter picture, but he really needed help. (Mario had looked like he was posing for the camera...) I held my breath and sent her the picture in email. Her response came back quickly: "Just want to say I thought I would see a very scary picture....he is darling....my son agrees! Can't wait to bring him home tomorrow. Thanks Beth!" HALLELUJA! Cameron had a home!

Of course, I started to cry when Cheryl told me that she picked him up from the vets, he was home with her and safe after his neuter. He was a little "loopy" from his surgery, but they loved him already. She sent me a picture an hour later:

He was wrapped up and tucked in on her bed. Isn't that the sweetest thing? I wish all cats could be tucked in bed at night.

I'm doing another rescue tomorrow and have a ton of driving to do. (See CAT TAXI ) It's going to be a long day, but I get to play "Stork". It's David's birthday tomorrow, so I'm hoping that there's something left of me to enjoy the evening birthday hoopla.

It's going to be nice to go to bed tonight thinking that there's one more cat that gets to sleep in a warm, safe bed. Sleep well, Cameron.

4 comments:

RHz said...

;-)

Steve Bartlett said...

Once the number of cats in my house reached 10 (along with 2 dogs), I instituted a new rule that no animals could sleep in the bedroom. It didn't go down too well, but eventually they learned.

When my new kitten Casper was sick, I made an exception for him. He's been fine for weeks now, but he REFUSES to be kept out of the bedroom at night. He learned very quickly that high pitched kitten yowling outside my door would get a response (it should have been a bucket of water rather than letting him in, but what do I know?).

Luckily the other animals don't seem to mind, and it's actually good because he ALWAYS wakes me up between 7 and 7:30 every morning (even when I go to bed at 4 am). So the dogs get their regular "pee" relief in the morning.

At least he doesn't sleep with his snotty nose in my ear any more.

Anonymous said...

You tell "Cheryl" that I wholeheartedly believe in Angels here on earth........and thank her for me that she wanted to be Cameron's angel - what a blessing!

catsinger said...

hi...I came here via Miz Minka's Musings...
in my younger days, I had a sort of cat rescue...
I taught at a school where we always seemed to have stray cats & kittens...
at one time, I had over 40 cats that I'd adopted, spayed/neutered and loved
living with me...now there are 13 left
and they are senior cats...
would I do it again ? of course...
may God richly bless you & the good work you do...