Monday, November 22, 2010

Ernest & Dale

Last week I received an email from a fellow rescuer who asked me if there were any Maine Coon kittens at the shelter.  She has a friend looking for one, and (in typical rescuer style) was horrified to find this lady had been calling breeders.   At that time, there weren't even any look-alikes, but I kept the name in my files.

When Ernest was brought into the shelter, I thought of this lady:
Ernest was brought into the shelter as a stray.  He was SO SCARED in this picture, but settled in nicely.  He purr'd when I pet him and rubbed into my hand.  Purebred Maine Coon?  Probably not.  But he's 16 weeks of fluffy cuteness, so I called the adopter.  Tiina was lovely!  On my description and say-so, she wanted Ernest.  We met at the local Tim Horton's where she burst into tears as soon as she saw her new family member.   "How could anyone leave this kitten at a high kill shelter?"  She was incredulous. 

Maybe I've just become accustomed to the stupidity of others and it takes so much more to shock me these days.  Regardless, Ernest has a home!  :)

I've got another REALLY urgent plea.  "Dale" is not doing well in a shelter cage....well, watch the video and you'll see what I mean:


When I got to the shelter this morning, there was blood all over the cage from where he tore his feet on the bars.  His face has been broken open and was bleeding from pressing himself against the bars.  I feel as desperate and he looks to get him out of the cage.  When I picked him up, he put his paws around my neck.  I tried to lean him back into his cage and he wouldn't go.  I had to pry him off my neck. 

We both cried when I left.  I'm so worried that they're going to euthanize him tomorrow morning because he's so upset in his cage.  

I hate it when I'm doing something good like getting Ernest adopted, but leave with such a heavy heart over another cat.  Please help Dale. :(

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow I feel so bad for Dale. I can't foster him but I can make a finicial donation that can be used towards getting him out (vet visit, food, etc.)

I have also posted on my facebook about Dale - hopefully someone is able to help!

I really want to see an 'update' on Ernest when you get one. He looks like a cutie!

House of the Discarded said...

Anonymous: Thank you so very very much! I can use any and all donations! My address is:

Beth Turner
Forever Home Cat Rescue
115 George St. Box #438
Oakville, ON L6J0A2

AFSS said...

WE hope someone can adopt Dale and get him out of that cage. Poor baby.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Oh, poor Dale. It breaks my heart that he is so miserable. I wish I could just reach right thru the screen and grab him out of that cage and tell him every thing is going to be alright...this also makes me appreciate our shelter just that much more. No cages, well, they are but there's enough room that the cats can jump around a little bit and not land in the food or litter.

Allison at Novice Life said...

Oh Dale, I am praying someone can help you :( I cannot even bring myself to watch the video. I can only imagine it is along the same lines of how my precious Maggie was when caged at the shelter.

I wish we lived closer. We had a young orange tabby show up this morning while we were feeding the horses :/ I am certain someone just dumped him :( AGH

House of the Discarded said...

Allison: UGH! What are you going to do with the orange guy? That's one of the perils of farm life - it becomes a dumping ground for people's unwanted pets. :(

-B

Thε Countεss said...

Was Dale rescued?

House of the Discarded said...

Countess: Keep reading! Dale was definitely rescued :)

Thε Countεss said...

Silly me! Thank you for the reply, though. I just finished reading and saw he was rescued. Poor thing cut his face open. You can tell that he was loved at some point, attached to humans... I wish people would stick to their pets.

Jenn said...

I just met Dale at his foster home. He is ADORABLE!