Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday Catch-Up

Last week I declared Monday, August 27th my "Back to Reality" day.  I figured 7 days of whining, unpacking and general forgetful behaviour would be forgiven for a 7 day period.  After that, I was sure I'd be labeled a "Flake".  I was so certain that in 7 days all my boxes would be unpacked and I'd be happily skipping around the new house putting up pictures and nesting like a pregnant woman about to give birth.

No such luck.  I only found the box of linens last night.  We've been sleeping without pillowcases all week. 

I finished organizing my office today and feel as if I can make some better decisions about the rescue and an adoption event coming up this Saturday in the city.  (Locating my cages, tables and brochures will be another story.)  Sure, I'm a little worried about having an adoption event on Labour Day weekend, but it's been advertised and the pet store owner is pretty excited about having us, so I'm going to drum up some enthusiasm and adopt out some cats on Saturday!

Wednesday, I'm driving out to farm country and help an upscale horse farm with an overload of cats.  Apparently, they're all friendly and healthy.  It's hard for me to ask for money, but I did ask the owner for a donation to get the cats their initial vaccinations, deworming and defleaing.  I'm not sure how many there are, but they're going to be in a mess soon as many are still pregnant and having kittens.  This isn't exactly "my kind of rescue", but the people seem so supportive and helpful, that I think it's a good idea. 

I was thinking today how easy it is to forget about the plight of discarded cats that live outside when it's a beautiful late summer day.  But it's only a few months away when things get cold and the weather unforgiving.  Although it's awful that cats are euthanized in the shelters, it's a much easier way to die than freezing to death.  Those who feed feral colonies will agree, I'm sure.  

I received a tearful voicemail from a lady that adopted one of our cats in the spring.  Sadly, the kitten is now dying of FIP.  I remember this lady - she was lovely and gave this kitten (and his brother) a wonderful home.  My heart broke as her voice cracked and she started to cry on the voicemail.  I had to replay it again as I thought I heard incorrectly that she wanted me to pay for the euthanasia since I didn't have to pay for the kitten's neuter surgery. 

Seriously?  *sigh*

It's going to be a busy week.  I hope to stay in touch with my blog a little better now that life is giving me some organization...

...and some pillow cases for our pillows!


Debbie said...

glad to see you blogging, I look everyday.I have missed it
But moving and unpacking is a full time job!
It must be hard on a farm, people drop off cats and then the kittens come and come and come.Glad you can help them!

Caroline said...

Glad that you're back, we've missed you!
Definitely insist on a generous donation when helping out the public, if they want you to deal with their problem then they need to pay for it! Especially an upscale horse farm! They could put up a sign asking the boarders for donations towards the cats spay and neutering.

Random Felines said...

I can't begin to imagine moving thanks.

We hope tings can be ok for the horse farm kitties. We know some people don't approve of "barn cats" but we say if they have a safe warm place to stay and are spayed/neutered then let them live at the farm and catch mice to their hearts content. :)

We feel bad for the woman with the kitten with FIP. But we aren't sure we are ok with her asking for you to pay for anything.

~*Connie*~ said...

I had a cat diagnosed with FIP, and when I hear someone say they got a diagnosis of FIP, I suggest they immediately go to a second if not a third vet for a different opinion. Since FIP is a diagnosis of exclusion (It isn't a) or b) so it must be FIP) finding a vet that won't stop looking after B is very important. Robyn over at recently had a kitty where the FIP diagnosis came up and it turned out to be a bad case of worms and URI.

I agree with Random Felines that I'm not OK with her asking for you to pay for anything.