Back in the rescue saddle after a blissful romantic weekend in New York City. I don't know what I did to deserve such an amazing man, but I sure hit the jackpot. We had a few rescues while I was away, and quite a few adoption phone calls. Sadly, all the adoption meetings are taking place this week, so we didn't have any adoptions while I was out of town.
This post isn't about my weekend or updates. It's about a very sweet grey cat named "Beasley". Beasley caught my eye at the shelter because he was too big for a regular cage so they put him in a maternity cage. Beasley had been declawed and was incredibly sweet. I loved him, so couldn't wait to sing his praises to another foster Mom. Fortunately for Beasley, he hit the "Foster Home Jackpot" and went home with Dori that evening.
From a rescue standpoint, I don't mind spending money on a cat that needs it. Sometimes I encourage the KNOWN sad medical cases, but at least I'm financially prepared. But with Beasley, I was really unprepared for the diagnosis.
When we rescued Beasley, I knew that he might need some dental work. Hell, he's a 5-6 year old cat so that comes with the territory. It looked like Beasley had an ear infection or ear mites too. No problem - we'll fix him right up...right?
Beasley's ear was so badly infected that he requires expensive surgery. The poor guy has no doubt been in excruciating pain for YEARS and nobody has bothered to take him to the vets. How did he live like this for so long?? His surgery is going to be more than $600.00, BEFORE the dental.
Poor, poor Beasley. I can still see him sitting in that maternity cage with his feet tucked under him sitting on one of the homemade knitted blankies. I had NO idea he had been in so much pain. His foster Mom tells me when she went to pick him up that he wrapped his front paws around her neck and started kneading. Bless his little heart.
But look at Beasley's picture...how could we not want the VERY best for him??