Monday, January 10, 2011

More of the Emotional Rollercoaster

My Monday posts are becoming so "newsy".  There never seems to be just one topic any more.  I felt badly about Friday's post regarding Helen and Lane.  Two of my friends had their senior cats put to sleep on Friday, so it was bad timing for a sad blog post.  I tried to warn them "Don't read the blog today!!!" But it was too late. 

So hop on the emotional rollercoaster with me, because I have good news and bad news today.

Our rescue had it's first "casualty of war" today.  I received a call on Sunday from a foster Mom who was frantic as a kitten that was rescued 3 weeks ago was failing.  Thank heavens Dr. S made an emergency Sunday appointment for this little man.  I authorized "Alfie's euthanasia this morning when Dr. S told me he was suffering.  It's unknown what he died from, but we're now on "death watch" for the other kitten in the care.  Shit, I hate this part of rescue.

I don't use the term "casualty of war" lightly.  I really feel as an animal rescuer, I'm constantly at war with the people who abandon them or fail to get their cats spayed or neutered.  It hurts to think we lost a kitten so soon, but this really and truly is part of animal rescue. 

It was a big adoption weekend for our little rescue.  We had FOUR cats adopted into loving Forever Homes!   The post adoption pictures are already coming in:

I really *have to* bury myself in some happiness today.  Wallowing in sadness about a kitten that couldn't be saved isn't helpful to me because I have to keep going.  There was nothing that could be done that wasn't done.  I hate that a foster parent was hurt. 

I met a really sweet young woman today at the shelter.  She wanted to adopt a kitten under the age of 1 year. (Love that!)  We had been corresponding back and forth and I was thrilled when she chose "Dexter":

While she was looking around I knew Kelsey was getting emotional about all the cats.  Their paws reached out to her for help.  I didn't want to tell her that Dexter had a chance of being euthanized tomorrow.  How could I put pressure on somebody that was already feeling so horrible?  But I was happy when she felt that Dexter would be a good fit for her.  He ran to her and purr'd.  Yay!  :) 

Tomorrow, I'm meeting a single guy at the shelter with two cats of his own.  He sounds great!  It'll be interesting to see who he comes home with tomorrow. 

Looking at my calendar, I don't anticipate a quiet week.  I'm hopeful that it's a good week - *sigh*  I hope it's a good week.  I'm worried about the remaining kitten, but know that he's getting the very best care.  That's all anybody can ask for.


Kea said...

Big (((hugs))) to the foster mom and universal Light to the remaining kitten--we hope s/he pulls through, but if not, we're purring for a gentle and merciful passing to the Bridge.

A big hurrah for the adoptions, though! We would prefer to focus on the positive too, because it's so easy for our mom to become mired in very dark and depressing thought patterns. So we'll go with the happy news and send Light out for the Highest Good of All Concerned.

Allison at Novice Life said...

I know how you and your foster parent are feeling. The first time I lost a foster kitten, I was devastated....and I have had some other illnesses since that resulted in some close calls for some. It is rough, but I tell myself, at least someone was their for that kitten/cat to make the decision to end their suffering instead of it being out in the unknown somewhere, still suffering :(

Congrats on the adoptions; it makes it all wortwhile!

TK and Squashies said...

Hi, we are sorry for the kitten. I know your heart is hurt. We purrs fur you and the good works that you do.
We are glad that Dexter finds a new furever home, he looks like a really sweet mancat!
We are curious why Dexter was scheduled to be euthanized? Did he do something wrong?

House of the Discarded said...

Hi TK & Squashies! No, Dexter didn't do anything wrong. The shelter is just too crowded with sad kitties that need homes.


Deb said...

I'll say a little prayer for that remaining kitten. It is so hard to see such adorable little creatures sick and dying. It hurts so much. Good luck this week. Hope it's a good one. Hugs, Deb==^..^=x5
I have a new 'sponsored' cat from a rescue in Kemptville called the Country Cat Rescue. Do you think you may be looking for sponsors for those that are in foster down the road?

Anonymous said...

Beth - the one positive everyone should keep in mind when they lose a kitty, foster or otherwise, is it means a spot opens for another unwanted kitty to be saved. There's no shortage of deserving souls out there...unfortunately. Shannon

House of the Discarded said...

Deb: Congratulations for sponsoring a cat! I think your idea is a good one, but am worried that there isn't much time for the cats where I rescue. By the time somebody sent in sponsorship money for a cat at the shelter, he/she would probably be dead.


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Caroline said...

"Today I heard something I have never heard at the shelter. A woman came in asking to look at cats, and one of the workers replied, "We only have a few available, there are almost none left."
Almost no cats! December was an absolutely amazing month for adoptions."
Laura from the blog, Feathers, Fur and the Occasional Fang" talking about Toronto Animal Services South location, maybe you can move some HAC cats there??

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We're purring and purraying fur da kitty dat is left. Mom lost three, a whole litter, in da first foster of da year fur 2010. Dey had der mom but one by one dey started fading and der was nothing to be done, it made her very sad. But, when two orphans were found mom cat took dem into her care so it all worked out. We always have to try to look at da possitives or we would just stop doing anything.