It's been a wonderful rescue week with 8 more out of shelters. Two kittens were rescued from the high kill shelter. The rest were from the public or the other low-kill shelter.
I've politely taken some flak when I stopped rescuing so many from the high kill shelter. Occasionally I get a bitter troll who attempts to put an anonymous comment on my blog about my lack of interest there. It's always the same person - she obviously doesn't know that her last name and ISP show up.
Believe me - it isn't a lack of interest in helping these poor souls. ANY foster home that wishes to take a cat from any shelter can do so. They all need homes. High kill - low kill - no kill or the random cat living under the porch. Who am I to say who is the most deserving? They all are!
I read an article from the supervisor of the high kill shelter who indicated that the number of euthanasias are down 40% or something like that. Certainly it wasn't due to ADOPTIONS since the shelter doesn't permit adoptions. It's due to a number of reasons, but one of the reasons are the hard working volunteer cat rescuers who are rescuing cats from this facility and paying $1000's in vet bills, force feeding kittens and holding them while they die.
Maybe I just got fed up with making their numbers look better than they really are. Maybe I got tired of begging for money every other day because I kept rescuing cats that I knew would quickly become desperately ill.
Believe me, I'm not making any money. In fact, we're like every other rescue - we're broke! But I have happier volunteers now. Some will only rescue from the high kill facility and others are happy to have a break from the constant stream of sick cats. I'm ok with that - there will always be money for those cats from the high kill facility. It's hard to become ambitious about fostering when every cat you take gets horribly ill.
So what am I doing with any extra money?
Monday, I rescued a sweet cat for a senior lady who is dying of lung cancer. Her 16 year old cat passed away a few weeks ago and she couldn't imagine NOT having a cat for whatever time she has left. Our rescue is paying for all future vet costs for this adorable, affectionate cat. (if there are any) He will never be for adoption unless she passes. "Dexter" is giving her so much joy. I called to check on them both yesterday and she kept me on the phone for almost an hour - her voice was animated and engaged. Isn't that why we have cats, dogs, guinea pigs, horses etc? They give us joy? Isn't that what this is about?
We have two senior ladies that we're helping in this way. We are giving them a chance to love a cat for whatever time they have. They can't afford vet bills and I'm certainly not going to allow adopters to come into their homes and take away their beloved "Foster cat" from their arms. But these ladies are safe and secure knowing that "their cat" is going to be cared for when they pass on.
I'm not expecting a lot of people to agree with me. But I really enjoy helping cats AND people. It feels like a good fit for me. Allowing the cats to bring the kind of joy to others as they have to me is what I love the most.