Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"The Governor"

Last night I received a call from another rescue who needed some help with transport of 4 cats from the shelter.  Although I'm very busy with my own rescue, I  hate the idea of 4 cats sitting in cages when they could be safe in foster homes. 

At the same time, I received a Facebook message from a friend who was interested in a very handsome big-headed tomcat at the shelter named "Simon". 

Ahhhhh....now I have FIVE good reasons to go to the shelter!

I practically skipped into the building knowing that I had an opportunity to meet and greet a big ol' tomcat.  I love those guys.  They're hard to get out of the shelter sometimes.  Somehow, foster parents often equate tom cats with spraying. 

But I was too late....

My heart sank when I found that Simon had been killed only a few hours before I arrived.  I put up with so much emotional shit when I go into that shelter, but THIS is the one thing that drives me crazy more than anything else.  I had a probable home for this guy.  He was so sweet.  I was The Governor and I missed the execution.  I hate it.  I hate it.

With a heavy heart, I drove the 4 rescued cats to a predetermined vet clinic.  I tried so hard to be happy for them. 

This afternoon, I had a VERY sweet young woman come to meet my foster kitten "Bradley".  She's going to pick him up on Friday night and take him home.   She has a female cat and it's unknown how she'll react to Bradley.  But "Brad" is a pretty happy-go-lucky fella and not much hurts his feelings:
As usual, I find myself brushing off the dust and moving forward.  Some days are harder than others, and I'm sure I'll go to bed tonight thinking about Simon and what his life might have been like as a happy, loved cat.


Fuzzy Tales said...

Oh, Beth...I'm so sorry it was too late for Simon. But not for those 4.

We'll cross fingers and paws that Bradley works out just fine in his potential forever home.

meanderingrose said...

I am so sorry to hear about Simon. I am so glad you do what you do and talk about it here. I don't know how you do it, but I am so glad you do.

Take care of yourself and please don't blame yourself. It is sad, but you saved 4 other lives today, among the many you have saved for a long long time.

I hope you feel better.

Random Felines said...

We are glad some lives were saved and that Bradley may have a home...but like you, we greive for the ones that we can't save - and when it was this close, I think it might be a little harder....

Caroline said...

Good on you rescuing those 4 cats for the other rescue, you didn't have to do that but you did and that's great, those 4 will always remember that gorgeous blond and her rescue song!

As for Simon, sometimes you catch the bus and sometimes you just miss it. Take heart and feel good about the 4. Maybe that foster mom will take another in his memory?