We've back to rescuing at the "high kill" shelter. They seem to have figured out the sickness there and although it's an imperfect system - they need us. Apparently, THIRTY cats came into the shelter from different people within 10 minutes today. Nine kittens, some bottlefeeders and some adults. I just can't figure out how a shelter like this with a community that doesn't give a shit can eventually go "no kill".
So we rescued some bottlefeeders today, 4 older kittens and "Austin":
When I brought him to the girls, he was immediately at home. He trotted around their tiny house like he owned the place and they were thrilled. THEN....I went to leave....
Those of you who have cats always play the "leg game" when you leave to insure any door dashers don't accidently get out. This time it was no different: I opened the door and Austin BOMBED the door. He was out the front door SO FAST...I couldn't believe it. He didn't just saunter outside - he bolted and RAN like the wind!
My rescue partner was with me and we bolted after Austin with the college girls behind us shaking a bag of Temptation Treats. We ran through bushes, flower gardens and into back yards. I was panicked. "What if we lost him?"
Austin finally laid down under a car peacefully as I crawled in under the car with him and grabbed his leg. Austin looked at me without comprehending what the big fuss was all about. He went limp in my arms as I took him back to his new foster home. We talked about "door dashers" and what needed to happen to insure his safety. I was sweating and panting - not sure if it was from the running or just the fear. I've never lost a cat like that.
I left a message for the girls tonight and received the following reply from them:
Sorry for missing your call. It was great meeting you too! I
decided that Austin seemed more like a Milo and I think he likes that name
better! It's been going great so far, he's the sweetest cat I've ever met and
loves snuggling and taking naps with me- which is awesome because I love to nap!
He's been eating his dry and wet food and used his litter box without any
problems! All my housemates love him too and I think he's adjusting really well!
I'm so glad to have him here and to have been able to help save him! I'll be
sending you some awesome pictures in a few days, but overall Milo is doing
fantastic and he's just an overall amazing cat!"
I think "Milo" is going to be OK and sounds like he's enjoying the life with some pretty young girls. But I'm still going to buy him a break away collar with a name tag!