Friday, April 01, 2011

End of the Week Wrap Up!

It was a quiet Friday at the shelter.  My plan was to rescue somebody for a new foster Mom.  Her preference was a Mom and kittens, but I had heard the shelter didn't have any.  (Always good news!)
Circumstances change quickly at a high volume shelter.  There was now TWO Moms with nursing kittens that both arrived yesterday. 

I ended up rescuing the world's cutest dilute calico Mom and her SIX equally adorable dilute calico kittens.  What a gorgeous litter!  If that wasn't cute enough - the babies (who are TWO weeks old) were all hissing at me!  (Say, "Awwwwwwwwwww!")

I also left with a sick 8 week old kitten named "Madison".  She's already cost the rescue $170 of our $175 adoption fee within minutes of leaving the shelter.  I just couldn't leave her.  Nor could anyone else who reads this blog.  She's in my washroom upstairs meowing pitifully.  I can hear my big 22 year old macho son talking babytalk to her as he's sitting on the washroom floor with her. 

Kim was telling me a story today about an elderly woman walking up the main street in front of the shelter in a walker.  On top of the walker was "Snoopy":
Attached to Snoopy's cage this morning was a note in an obviously elderly person's handwriting.  I wanted to take a picture of the note, but decided against it.  The woman stated she had a massive lung infection and the doctor told her to get rid of the cat.  She went on to say, "He'll love you when he's sick, follow you around, and be your best friend.  Please find a home for him and love him."  I'm sure there were dried tears on that note - somewhere.

My heart sank.  The woman was understandably distraught when she left Snoopy.  I can't imagine what it was like for her to WALK using a WALKER with a cat on the top. 

...and from the "Shameful Excuses to Dump a Cat" Department:

Skittles was left at the shelter because he "played too rough with the kids".  No, he wasn't neutered:

Of course, he played "too rough with the kids"....he's a TOM CAT for heaven's sake!!!  He's frustrated and ornery.  Ignorant people.

David is playing Bridge all weekend at some geeky tournament in the city.  His punishment for leaving me all weekend is me shopping - A LOT - Lucy Ricardo-style.

To end the busy week, I've taken a little video of "Madison" the 8 week old kitten I rescued this afternoon.  She's a live-wire and skin and bones.  Let's hope she continues to get better and this video makes you smile.  Happy Friday!

11 comments:

Robyn said...

Snoopy's story is heartbreaking. I hope he finds a home somewhere!

selkie said...

break my heart. How old is Snoopy? He looks healthy and so scared and sad there in the picture. That poor woman. And not a soul she knows to take him - I will never understand it.

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for Snoopy, and I am angry at the doctor who told the lady to get rid of her cat. Sometimes it's not the people who dumb their cats that are ignorant, it's those who tell them to dump their cats that are ignorant. So many times I've heard about doctors telling pregnant women to get rid of their cats because cat poop is toxic to the unborn babies, but is getting rid of the cats the only solution??? This just makes me angry...

Caroline said...

I hope Snoopy and Skittles find a home, it would be great if there was a program run by seniors who take in other senior cats. Your new baby Madison is a cutie, he seems to think the other cat is his new mom!

Steve Bartlett said...

The Grand National Team Finals are hardly "geeky" :) Also, I'm fully prepared for kitten season: new kitten-size litterbox, wet and dry food, and a new kitten bed.

Anonymous said...

karen says : were you able to rescue snoopy?? or is he still at the shelter?....

House of the Discarded said...

Karen: He's still at the shelter - poor guy.

Kathie said...

That poor elderly lady, if she had no friends who would take Snoopy then he was probably her only friend in the world and now they both are alone. HE is gorgeous and hopefully someone will come along and adopt and love him. Madison is sure a cutie!

JLi said...

Tears welled up so much about Snoopy AND the elderly lady. Like someone else said, Snoopy was probably her only friend or possibly closest friend. Ignorant Dr...I highly doubt the cat had anything to do with the lung infection. Pets have such a healing affect that giving Snoopy up and the lonliness can only make this worse. And I hope those people with the kids never get another pet. I'm sure the kids were not gentle on the kitty either....

Trixie, Lily, and Sammy-Joe said...

Hissing kittens are the cutest ever! They're like, "We're ferocious!"
We hope the sick kitten gets better soon. Does he have a chance?
So sad about the lady who had to get rid of her cat because of her lung infection! Must have broke her heart. Its like telling a mother, "Now that you have cancer, you'd better find a foster home for your kids." What a horrid situation!
We found your blog at House Of Carnivores' post and we are following you now!

House of the Discarded said...

Trixie, Lily and Sammy-Joe: Welcome! Welcome! The kitten definitely has a great chance and is beginning to thrive already!

Thank you so much for joining us.

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