Back in December of last year a special boy came into the shelter by the name of Chunk. He weighed a whopping 35 lbs and could barely walk. The staff at the shelter decided to make Chunk a project cat and keep him in the office area. Since December, Chunk has lost 5 lbs. He's the first to greet me each time I arrive:
I always tell Chunk that if he doesn't like it there, he can come home with me. But he loves his life there and and gets a ton of attention.
There's another cat at the shelter named "Sulton":There's always sad stories that come in that place, but Sulton's really tugged at my heart. On his cage is a handwritten letter. I took a picture of the letter, but had to block out any personal information from the person who wrote the letter, along with the person being charged for abuse:
So this poor guy was abused. There was video proof, but the person who did it couldn't be charged because Sulton wasn't injured. Geezus. Are you kidding? The cat has to be INJURED before something is done? Sulton is amazing. He's sweet as pie and I'm hopeful somebody will come forward to prove to him that not all humans are cruel.
I neglected to mention in yesterday's blog post that 3 black kittens were rescued too! These little guys are about 4-5 weeks old and were hissin' and spittin'! Nothing is cuter than a kitten trying to act like a bada$$. We had been hopeful a nursing Mom would take them in, but she rejected them. Fortunately, we were able to place these little monkeys in a foster home - My friend Steve came forward (Yes, *that* Steve) and they're happy and partying at the bachelor pad:
I'm always so pleased that folks see me as an inspiration. But behind me, there are so many people that make it possible for me to rescue. Yesterday, for example, there was a volunteer driver that took "Alice" to her new foster home. Behind THAT driver, was a Driver Coordinator who arranged it all. There is someone within the rescue that does the thankless job of paying the bills and dealing with tax issues. Without THAT person, vet bills would not be paid. (Lord knows that are vet bills that need to be paid!)
I received some disappointing news this afternoon that one of our more active foster homes is moving up north. Kate & Garrett - you've saved so many deserving cats and I'll miss you guys so much! With you leaving, who will rescue all the dilute calicos? :)
It was a good week. I'm hesitant to say how many cats were rescued this week, because in my mind it feels like I rescued a lot of cats - but the true number might feel disappointing. I don't want to end my week on that note. Just for today, I want to pretend there were no cats left to euthanize this morning.
Besides....I'm already planning Mondays' rescue....