My day seemed ordinary when I woke up this morning. In retrospect, it's probably STILL an ordinary day where rescue is concerned. I was supposed to rescue a couple of cuties from the shelter this morning and meet a foster Dad to choose a new foster cat. We did a great job picking out cats and organizing the rescue! UNTIL....
The vet tech tells me that a litter of 5 kittens, plus 1 tag-a-long kitten (all about 3 weeks old) arrived moments ago. "If you can't take them, there is no Mom so we'll have to euthanize them."
Before anybody says how cruel that is to euthanize 3 week old kittens, please remember that there is NO Mom cat - NO volunteers that work at the shelter to feed them. So they're either humanely euthanized when they come in, or they starve to death. Fortunately, we were already there rescuing, so were asked if we could take them.
Hell. I didn't really have room. But I did have my foster list that I keep printed in my purse. So I started dialing phone numbers. "Krista" could bottlefeed 3 kittens, but couldn't pick up until tonight. "Karen" has a nursing Mom of older kittens, so she could take 2 of them and allow the other 3 to hang out until Krista could pick up. "Laurie" took the slightly older "tag-a-long" kitten and is bottlefeeding that one.
I dropped off the remaining 5 kittens at Karen's house. I was in awe. Her Mom cat immediately took to the kittens and started grooming and nursing them...despite having FOUR kittens already! Obviously, 9 was too many for her, but it certainly soothed the little ones until Krista arrives to take the 3 in the evening.
The stress of making this happen was gruesome! I still had my two "teenage rescues" in the backseat going to their neuter, so they had to be dropped off:
Careless Driving Accident on Monday...what am I going to do????"
Euthanizing him wasn't an option either, but it did add to the stress of the day. I wish I could "farm him out" like I did the kittens today. Maybe another Mom....??
Happy Friday all and many thanks to all who love me despite the flipped out phone calls they received this afternoon. :)