Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Day of Miracles

After yesterday's blog-whine about being burned out and needing a day off from rescue, there could only be ONE thing that would make me go back to the shelter today for another rescue...

I can hardly type this post without bursting into tears. Maybe the smile on my face will speak volumes:


I'm holding "George", one half of the bonded pair of 20 year old cats that was scheduled to be euthanized tomorrow.

The email came in late last night. A wonderful couple came forward and is giving this bonded pair a FOREVER home. Ack...here comes the tears!

These little old kitties are currently ensconced in my downstairs powder room waiting to go to their new home tonight. I honestly don't know what else to say...I'm so overwhelmed and joyful for these two that I'm nearly speechless.

While I was at the shelter, I had another call from Ian, one of my favourite foster Dads who wants to help "Brinnie" a scrawny, little half-hairless-from-fleas black cat that was also marked as "Urgent":

I rescued her too! She's currently in The Land of Dirty Underwear (my son's room) and will be going to Ian's house tonight. She licked the end of my nose when I took her out of the cage. :)

I went to bed last night feeling nothing but the need for self-indulgence. This afternoon? I'm full of such joy for the love of helping 3 little cats that had no hope whatsoever. Tonight, I have hope for ALL discarded cats. Not just the pretty cats, or the purebred cats - but ALL cats.

You can't buy THAT at the local outlet mall.

18 comments:

Shannon said...
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Shannon said...

What wonderful news Beth! That is fantastic! I can't even put into words how happy this made me.

I hope you don't mind but you have a lot of knowledgeable readers and I'm want to ask their advice. I was just going to email you but figured the more ideas the better.

Justine rescued a mother and her six newborns about 3.5 weeks ago. All of them got sick with a shelter cold. Justine did a great job and managed to get 5 of the 6 back to much better health, but the little one continues to struggle despite constant nursing care, feedings every 3-4 hours with recovery formula and Pedialyte, a vaporizer and a hot water bottle. She isn't eating much, seeming to spit up most of the food I try to get into her and I worry every time I open the door. Does anyone have advice?

Thanks

whitesocks said...

PS...love the smile on your face, Beth! You are so beautiful, inside and out.

whitesocks said...

ohhhh. Thank you, thank you, thank you Wonderful Magical Couple who're taking in the two 20 twenty year olds -- and foster dad who's taking in the black little one...and Beth, always, for making the world a better place for all of us. You are amazing.

House of the Discarded said...

Whitesocks: Thank you! Thank you!

Shannon: Try L-Lysine if the vet thinks it's age appropriate. It really helps some of these guys get over the hump of URI.

Anonymous said...

Yay for the oldsters! That is SO wonderful to see.

Renee

HomeToMany said...

YAY!!! I couldn't be happier to hear about the older kitties. I woke up this morning thinking about how this would be their last morning before...This is such WONDERFUL news...see whenever you feel down the most incredible things happen! I love that Brinnie (another blacky) got out of that place.

Sarah

PS: I agree - you ARE beautiful inside and out.

Kim said...

YES - you are amazing! And so are all your forever-home-givers. I'm soooooo happy to hear those seniors are going to live happily ever after.

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Kristen said...

So glad to see this post!!! Very very happy for all of these cats, and happy to see you so happy Beth!!!! Im glad you are getting a taste of some of the rewards..you needed some warm fuzzies.

selkie said...

This MADE my day. I love you, you wonderful couple! And Beth, you are incredible - just think of all the cats that have been given a chance at life again becuase of you.

Deb said...

I can imagine how happy you are after seeing those two old cats get another chance at the good life. Congratulations on all your efforts. I have a lot of experience adopting seniors so if I can ever be of any help to them, let me know. Sending a big hug your way. Deb =^..^=x6

Anonymous said...

Shannon,
Try to get the little one to nurse as often as possible. Adding some probiotics to her pedialyte might help too, but momma's milk is absolutely the best thing for her, it's fully of antibodies. You can put her and mom alone together to make sure she doesn't have to fight the others. Be sure not to give her any pedialyte until she's had her one on one time with mom, don't want to fill her up with salt and water beforehand.

Good Luck!
jen

Anonymous said...

I can't tell you how happy I am to hear about the two seniors. I too woke up thinking that it would be their last day on this planet. I have a frail elderly (but still lively!) cat at home and couldn't help thinking what would happen to her if I died suddenly.

It's a good lesson to learn: We all need to make arrangements for that possibility and ensure that our loved ones are left to someone we trust, someone who won't just dump them at a shelter.

SwSmartie said...

I'm so happy those 20 year old's found a home! That last post really tugged at my heartstrings.

And Sharron, as for the newborn you're having a problem with, I'm going through somewhat of a similar problem, and I was told to take all the other babies away to let the one nurse alone a few times a day for about 20-30 minutes. Sometimes I feel like such a nurse, I have 4 syringes for the little girl; a bubblegum looking antibiotic, pedialyte, KMR, a molasses looking 'Nutri-Cal'. The Nutri-Cal is a high calorie, high fat supplement. You might have some luck trying some of that. Good Luck! Keep me posted!

RHz said...

Yay!!!!

RHz said...

Yay!!!!

RHz said...

Yay!

redstarcafe said...

So relieved to learn that a kind family took the seniors home.