Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Who Will Be The One?

Usually I enjoy going to the shelter with the intent to "rescue anybody you'd like as long as they're healthy and sweet." Tomorrow isn't going to be so easy. I've been asked to rescue a friendly declawed cat. It's going to be tough for me, because things have slowed down with adoptions due to the holidays and this declawed cat is the ONLY cat I'm getting tomorrow.

To make matters worse, I had emailed a staff member at the shelter to ask about the two senior cats I had posted "Myer" and "Irma". I wanted to know if they were feeling well and if they survived the Tuesday euthanasia. Her response:

"Not sure how the seniors are doing. I haven't been back yet today, will check it out soon. We are getting pretty full so I am not sure how much longer I can hold them:( "

So I'm going to face the two senior cats who are going to probably die on Friday, and can only choose ONE declawed cat.

This won't feel like a rescue to me. This will feel like I'm playing God and I don't do that well.

There are a lot of declawed cats at the shelter:

I don't say this often, but I don't know how I can leave tomorrow with only one cat. How will I be able to choose the one? I have to spend time with EACH of them to determine the right fit for the foster home.

I wonder who will be the one that ends up snuggled into a warm bed tomorrow night?

I wonder who will be the one that ends up being loved, patted and kissed tomorrow night?

How will I choose just one tomorrow? Heaven help me.


Anonymous said...

All those sweet faces - what a tough choice for you. I wish there was better news for those seniors too, they made it this far... :(

House of the Discarded said...

Anonymous: I know. I'm still hoping my phone will ring for the seniors....or for any of them!

Sharon said...

My heart aches for what you face tomorrow. but there is a (another) lucky kitty out there who will owe you their life. Will be sending you all the positive energy I can tomorrow.

Alasandra said...

Impossible to choose ..............what a hard decision you will have to make. We are purring for all of them and hope they find homes or fosters for the holidays. ~Socks, Scylla & Fenris

Dori said...

Geez I wish I could take one of those beautiful guys....but I think my 2 new guys may be with me for a while due to their ages.

Anonymous said...

How about advertising the declaws on Craigslist?

Christina said...

I'll pray that you find the strength to make this difficult decision tomorrow. You are so brave. My heart goes out to you and all those precious cats that you're fighting for.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry, Beth. It's moments like this that all our rescue attempts seem somehow inadequate, no matter how hard we work.

People will say that for that one you do rescue, you were far from inadequate. But I've never learned how to shake the faces of the ones to whom I proved a thoroughly inadequate rescuer.

I'm sorry Jersey, I really tried, but you were just too sick.

I'm sorry Baloo, I was young and stupid and didn't know the warning signs as well then as I do now.

I'm sorry Lynx, I didn't know the THS would lose you in the system. I hope whoever took you home kept you inside and safe and loved.

I'm sorry April, I don't know who adopted your kitten or what became of him.

I'm sorry Tiny, you deserved better than to be poisoned by someone in the neighborhood after surviving two years and four litters on the streets.

I'm sorry Pingu, I did everything I could to save you but FIP is basically unfixable. Why did you have to be the 1 in 5000?

I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry.

House of the Discarded said...

Anonymous #1: I probably will advertise on Craigslist, but need to get to know the cats first.

Anonymous #2; I forget sometimes that I'm not the only one. Thank you for the reminder :)

Beki said...


I am wondering how senior the seniors are? Are they other cat friendly and would they be okay with young children?

And to Sask. who has listed her babies lost. I miss Tiny so much, I am so sorry we didn't get to her in time, and our little Pingu too.

You do more than most so please know that we all appreciate how much you both do.

Much love

Lisa said...

I just emailed you about one. Hopefully something will work out.

House of the Discarded said...

Beki: Myer is probably about 20 years old and Irma is anywhere between 13-16 years old. They are both marked to die tomorrow morning. Both of them have an upper respiratory infection and need some (hopefully) minor nursing care.

It's so hard to know how these guys will be with kids. They're friendly, but am guessing like any old person, they'll find young children a nuisance :)