Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Good Rescue Day

This is one of those weeks where my car heads off in the direction of the shelter automatically. I arranged to meet two different families at the shelter this morning to see about adoption!

I love meeting new people and helping them choose the right cat for their home. Both families were very apprehensive about being at a place where euthanasia is practiced. They know that whomever they don't choose, has a good chance of not making it out. My job is to make sure that they adhere to the rules of the shelter, find a GREAT cat and make sure that they don't get so overwhelmed that they walk out before they pick out someone. (It's happened before)

Family #1 found a darling little guy almost immediately. His name at the shelter is "Sir Butter Kitty":

This guy was SOOOOOOO sweet. He wasn't even interested in exploring when I took him out of the cage and put him on the ground. He flopped over on his side for belly rubs. Awwww!

Family #2 showed up right on time - 30 minutes after Family #1 - and immediately gravitated to "Tatem":

Silver Tabbies like Tatem are pretty rare - and he's just as sweet as pie! He snuggled right up into their arms. I figured that this was the fastest adoption in history and I would be leaving.

Imagine my surprise when Family #2 also chose "Tico"!!!

They had a feeling about Tico, and Tico certainly didn't mind Tatem. So this butterball boy (probably 25 pounds) found a forever home. It brought tears to my eyes to see him stretch when he came out of the cage. A 25 lb cat could barely turn around in his cage.

I also rescued "Gavin" for another foster Mom who came forward to save his life:

This youngster just looks like he wants to paaaarty! He has a pink nose that I could kiss all day! "Put away your knick-knacks - here comes Gavin!"

An update on Peter: Believe it or not, we don't know much. He had a leg x-ray which showed no fracture. The vet is going to x-ray his scapula (shoulder blade) tonight. The vet also indicated that it's possible Peter has MASSIVE nerve damage and may never walk properly. They're unsure about the pain...yada, yada, yada.

Why does it ALWAYS have to be so complicated? Why can't they just say, "Yep, his leg is broken, this is what we need to do..." I visited with Peter today while I was at the vets. He looked delightfully stoned from the pain meds. :)

The bills are adding up for this guy..thank heavens for the donations. We need 'em! :)

It was a good rescue day! I always feel productive and useful when I walk into the shelter and help 3 cats find permanent homes. The lady that adopted Sir Butter Kitty was petting him thoughtfully as she looked up at me and said, "I need him as much as he needs me. "

Isn't that what it's all about?


House of the Discarded said...

8:30 pm on Thursday: New update coming on Peter tomorrow.



JOanne said...

Oh damn no......that doesn't sound good....what???? I am now apprehensive and worried. I am dreading tomorrow's post.

Ecochica said...

Beautiful things can happen in such a dreadful place!

Caroline said...

At least Peter is having his pain managed and is out of the shelter. You can't save everyone, even though we'd like to. Bravo Beth for getting 3 out today.