Friday, October 30, 2009

A Friday Update

I met a new foster family at the shelter and rescued little "Hank". Of course, I was happy Hank is a brown tabby, but most importantly Hank had been at the shelter since October 4th, survived an outbreak of Distemper, URV, and 12 "Euthanasia Days". He's a keeper. :) He's a snuggly little guy and I hope he behaves himself with his new foster family. I've already had word that he immediately took a nap on his Foster Dad's chest. be loved!

Emily Grace is still at the shelter. Her "shelter cold" is much better and she's starting to eat a little bit. Last time I was at the shelter, she looked terribly depressed. This time, she was angry. When I picked her up and kissed her, she took a benign swipe at me. I can't blame her - it was very human to go through the stages of loss: Depression and now anger. Gosh, I have to get her out of there before she bites someone and THEN they'll euthanize her.

I have a new favourite that I'm trying to help. I almost hate to post his picture until I know Emily Grace is safe. I hate to detract from her plight. But this guy is pretty special:

Meet "Clarence Carter"! He's 5 months old of SWEET, SWEET, SWEET! Clarence is also blind. We think he sees shadows, but that's about it. He's a very healthy looking guy that wrapped his paws around my neck and licked my face. I'm in love. I think Clarence would do best in a home where he wouldn't have to travel too far to the litterbox. (He's using his litterbox at the shelter like a champ) Look at that pink nose! I must've kissed that pink nose a 100 times while I was there.

On a very sad note: We lost some kittens to Distemper this week. I hate when Distemper is in the shelter. Even once it's gone, I feel paranoid for quite a while. I hate to rescue anybody that hasn't been vaccinated.

I want to thank the foster parents who loved their kittens until the moment they went to the Rainbow Bridge. I hate that you got hurt. God, I really hate that you got hurt. Thank you to the rescues who continue to rescue despite the vet bills and the tears. It takes courage to continue on....and we know some rescues just don't have the balls courage to do it. They turn their back on the shelter and pretend like it doesn't exist.

But it does exist.


Anonymous said...

It hurts, but we're still trudging forward. Because it may be my feelings, but it's their lives. That's more important.


Crystal said...

Awesome news! I feel so much better knowing Hank is safe:) so happy!

I am sorry for the loss of the kittens, I cannot imagine that unbearable pain...

Anonymous said...

What happened to Barkley? Did he find a home? How about the calico mom and her black and orange babies(2)? Great that Hank got out.

House of the Discarded said...

Anonymous: Ahh...thank you for the reminder! Barkley is out and in a FOREVER home! The calico Mom got out with her calico babies. Unfortunately, one of her kittens died, but we're hopeful for the rest of the family.

Anonymous said...

Oh such good news!!! Yeah!

Ken/WolfCat said...

It's not just the (thankfully few) ones I've had that go to the Rainbow Bridge that I hurt for, it's even the fosters who find good homes. Some little faces just haunt you even when you know they are in a the best place - alive in a loving forever home. Animals adopt us and leave paw prints on our hearts forever.

Smartypants said...

Distemper is such an awful illness. :(

I'm so happy to hear about Barkley - I was a little afraid to ask.

Anonymous said...

What happened to the kitten who was left behind when his brother was taken home by those idiots that returned Emily Grace...did he find a he Barkley?

Clarence is so sweet!

House of the Discarded said...

Anonymous: The kitten that was left behind was place with his Mother. Both of them are much happier together. The sad part is, they have to be rescued together or they die together. We're hoping for rescue on this sweet pair.

Barkley was adopted and is sitting tonight in his FOREVER home!