Whenever a special needs cat can get out of the shelter, I really work hard to make it happen. When another rescue came forward and offered to take "Delbert" AND "Hector", I jumped into the car this morning to pick them up since the rescue volunteers couldn't drive out to the shelter.
When Delbert first came into the shelter, it was thought he had mange or ringworm, but it turned out that wasn't the case at all. Nobody really knows what's going on with this sweet boy, but he's happy and safe and I type this blog post:
Hector's rescue was even more dramatic. He came into the shelter with severe burns on his back. There didn't seem much hope for a black tom cat with the possibility of a major medical problem:
I had to take these two about 90 minutes from the shelter. It was a long drive, and I drowned out the meowing with some good music and happy thoughts...
Until....the red and blue lights were flashing in my rearview mirror:
I must've been lost in the music and good vibes, because I was caught driving 150km, in a 100km zone. I was fortunate he didn't impound my car and leave me AND the cats on the side of the road. I've been afraid to look at the ticket...but I'm guessing it's going to be enormous. It doesn't seem fair that I'm off doing something GOOD for the community and I get a speeding ticket. I still have a lump in my throat that isn't going away. Crap. Crap. Crap. What a waste of money.
I had a great tour of a rescue colleague's shelter today. She had about 180 cats in her program and no foster parents - just a shelter. The cats were all happy, cageless, and in various stages of laying around in the sunshine in cat beds in sunny rooms around the house. I had a jealous twinge as I walked around, but we all do what we can do, right? While I was there, she had 3 young women come in to adopt, and several volunteers cleaning. The place was great!
All is right in the world when two special needs cats gets out of the shelter. Although....Before I tell David about the $1000+ ticket, I'd better find that French Maid outfit. It must be here *somewhere*...I hope it still fits.