Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Today's Rescue

Those of us who do rescue on a daily basis know how isolating it can be. I was thinking of that this morning as I stepped down from my front porch with 3 huge cat crates in my hand. Walking by me on the sidewalk were three women in work out clothes - they were laughing and each had a Starbucks in hand. Here I was lugging these clumsy cat crates alone and driving to the shelter.

Don't get me wrong - I *do* have friends. I just can't have friends that don't like animals. Believe me - I've tried. For example, five years ago I met a really wonderful woman about my age. We went to Pilates together and she was awesome. She had a cat and dog and seemed to respect my love of animals. It wasn't until she pointed to her cat and said, "I really hate this cat - I'd get rid of *it* if the kids didn't like *it*." that I realized it wasn't going to be a long term friendship.

So I go about my business of rescue and enjoy the friends that I have that love me for the way that I am. I suppose that's the best kind of friendship to have anyway. I'll keep telling myself that, but I miss having a friend that I can sit at Starbucks with and complain about men and talk about cat pee.
Anyhooo....I have some VERY fun news - I was able to rescue my butterball "Lisa" this morning! She's going to a wonderful foster home. She looked EXTRA cute when I picked her up:

I also rescued "Calvin":

Calvin doesn't look very big in this picture, but he's TWELVE lbs of muscle! He whined like a baby all the way to the vets. When we arrived at the vets, he sniffed at the clinic cat and gave him a lick on the end of his nose. :)

Folks are always surprised to see purebred cats at the shelter. Leeza is a Himalayan sweetheart. She arrived at the shelter weighing a whisper of 5 lbs., is spayed and declawed. The poor little lamb was covered in fleas and her fur was matted. Shame on whomever mistreated this little princess.

There were so many beautiful, sweet cats at the shelter. A Mom cat had just given birth and she was happily licking her new babies. She looked so proud. If somebody doesn't come forward, they'll all die together in a few days.

It's October 6th, and I'm hopeful things will be slowing down at the shelter soon. So far, that isn't the case....

14 comments:

Crystal said...

ahhhhh Lisa:) I know this is a personal victory for you...I know how much you wanted to save her!!!
So very happy, this sounds like an awesome rescue day!

Congratulations on gettin these beautiful kitties outta there!

Cheers

Anonymous said...

I am crossing my fingers for the mommy and her babies!!

Anonymous said...

When you feel a little low and isolated, remember those of us out there who love animals and read this blog faithfully. I live for the happy rescue stories. I have 4cats (3 from a shelter) and even my supposed cat "loving" friends said I was crazy to bring the 4th home. Better to live for your passion than have a boring Starbucks life of apathy!

Christine Gittings said...

I'll go with you to Starbucks anytime to talk about cat pee, I'll even talk about cat poop if you want.
You don't want friends who don't like animals, those kind of people can't be trusted and don't make for very good friends anyways.
I'm crossing all my fingers and toes for the new mom and her litter!

BTW, Cider is doing sooooo well and we love her to bits. She seems pretty happy in her new digs. According to my significant other, she's the best orange tabby in the whole wide world.

Christine

Smartypants said...

Yay for these rescue stories! I am so happy about Lisa - what a sweetheart. I love the butterballs too and was really hoping she would get rescued out of there! Any idea what happened to "Romeo" and "Juliet"? I noticed they are now gone from Kim's site. I've got my fingers crossed they made it out of that place...

House of the Discarded said...

Smartypants: Romeo & Juliet didn't make it :(

Smartypants said...

Oh dear... thank goodness for the hard and wonderful (if sometimes isolating) work you do Beth, and all the lucky ones who make it because of you.

RHz said...

If we lived closer, trust me, I'd sit in Starbucks with you and talk cat pee. I have friends that don't do rescue and it's very hard to help them understand why I do what I do, so I gave up. I've actually been accused of loving animals more than my own family.

But, alas, I'm glad you were able to save those babies.

Anonymous said...

Beth - what's the story on chloe?
http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=14786413

Why is she in a cone? Are her odds of getting euthanized higher because she's injured or ill (whatever she is)?

House of the Discarded said...

Anonymous: I'm not sure what happened with Chloe, but I'll find out. She made it through the "vet day" yesterday, so she must be a sweetheart!!

Heather said...

Chloe has an eye infection that is being treated. The cone is there just so she doesnt rub her eye.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I'll keep checking in. I don't want to have to take her (my mom won't be thrilled), but I will if no one else does.

Anonymous said...

ps. when I said "take her", I meant foster. My mom will DEFINITELY not let me *keep* another cat, but I could con her into letting me foster one for a while.

Everycat said...

You got LISA!!!!! YAY!!! I am so happy I could cry! That sweetheart and her sad, dejected look when you first posted about her, just touched me. I'm so glad she's going to a good foster. I hope little Leeza will be ok too.

You do such good things for the world of cats - you save almost lost lives.