Friday, November 25, 2011

Brushing Off the Emotional Dust

I received a call from the shelter last night.  Can I save 2 grey and white kittens marked for euthanasia tomorrow?  I'm appalled that they're killing kittens in eff'ing (almost) DECEMBER, for Christ's sake.  (Excuse the language)

Then the next question came....and this one hurt most of all...."Can you save their Mom too?" 

You can't imagine how badly it hurts to say, "I can't save the Mom too." 

I went to the shelter this morning and picked up the babies.  The Mom's empty cage nearby.  My heart broke into a million pieces.  I silently vowed to find THE BEST home for her kittens, and cursed the person who dumped the family there in the first place. 

I also rescued a 3rd grey and white kitten too.  Many thank you's to Susan who took this little guy at the last minute. 

Lots of juggling today - including taking a video of our latest little "Special Needs" girl that I call "Twinkle":
The call came from the shelter earlier this week - they were going to kill her because she had an injury or neuro damage to her front left paw.  "Can you come get her?"  Sure.  We can come get her.  A volunteer dropped everything to pick up this little girl because the staff found it appropriate to kill her. 

Do I sound bitter today? I guess I am.  The shelter seemed virtually empty today and I couldn't muster enough courage to ask how many were euthanized this morning. 

So once again, I find myself brushing off the emotional dust and dealing with other people's mistakes.  I have to wonder what the vet bill will end up being for little Twinkle:

But right now....I don't really care.  I'm just glad she's safe.


~*Connie*~ said...

I am thankful every day that there are people out there who can do what you do. My heart goes out to you and to the kitties who didn't make it out of the shelter.

Ecochica said...

I was there yesterday Beth rescuing three kittens and I can honestly say that almost every cage was marked. I saw those two kittens marked for euthanasia today and the shelter worker was so upset! I am thrilled they called you and were able to save them!

House of the Discarded said...

Ecochica: I'm not surprised...the shelter was almost empty today. :(

Deb said...

You do your best, Beth. Try to remember that. It is a cruel world for cats. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

Melissa W. said...

You did awesome as always!

Keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

I know that there are people out there who are very critical about taking kittens and leaving the mom. To those people I would like to say that if there was no spot for the mom to go would you feel better if the kittens were left behind to die with her. I think not. At least these two will have a good life.

Caroline said...

Why did the shelter euthanise so many?? Are they not just suppose to clear a few cages as they need space?? If they put their money into TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release)instead of TE (Trap, Euthanise) then they wouldn't be so full!! They still aren't using their brain!

For the protestors out there this is what you need to lobby for or get funds together to start a TNR program yourself.