I'm leaving tomorrow for 5 days - Heading to Seattle to visit my parents. I wish it wasn't such a hassle to get out of town - I'd travel more often. Fortunately, my youngest son is babysitting cats and our senior dog. David is coming with me. It'll be nice to see my parents and just as nice to see "Buddy", their overly spoiled Rat Terrier.
I had a disgusting moment today when I heard that there is a woman who is currently searching the online classified for kittens to use for her birds of prey - for food. I wonder how many people she's fooled into giving her sweet defenseless kittens only to be used to train her red tailed hawks. We've all heard the rumours about people collecting kittens to use for snake food. But kittens to be used to train hawks?? That's a new one for me. Those of you in the Greater Toronto Area - please spread the word about this woman.
We rescued a Mom cat and two kittens today. They came from the public - something I so rarely do. When I arrived at their "home", it was a nice young man that (for a variety of reasons) could no longer care for this little family. It was the Mom cat's 7th litter. SEVENTH litter and she is only 2 years old. Disgusting. I kissed her little calico face and whispered to her "You'll never have to do this again." When I picked her up, it's very apparent that she's pregnant again. *sigh* I hope I'm wrong - a vet will be able to tell me. But it sure looks that way to me.
I'm feeling a bit melancholy tonight. I think going into other people's homes and seeing firsthand their lack of care for their animals saddens me. What would this guy have done if I hadn't bailed him out? He had the Mom cat since she was a kitten and didn't seem remotely sad that she was leaving his home. I just don't understand that.
While I'm away, our volunteers will be back to the shelter to rescue. I like to hear who they end up with and to hear their enthusiasm. It's contagious!