A coyote pup was drinking water from a pot hole in the road. I thought it was adorable at first until the pup started to run off. He had a severely broken leg and blood over his back. My heart broke into a million pieces as this poor baby risked so much for a drink of water. I watched one other driver pull over and call the local Humane Society. She said she would wait and watch the pup until they arrived.
No. There isn't much I could do. I wouldn't risk being bitten, so I left knowing that "help" was on the way. I'm still thinking about this poor guy.
When I came home I received a call from one of our volunteers. She was at the veterinary clinic around the corner from the "high kill" shelter where we rescue. Apparently, an animal control officer was there to have an injured cat put to sleep. As I would do, she peeked into the carrier to discover it was a Mom cat with 4 kittens. The kittens were to die along with the Mom - for no other reason than there would be nobody to feed them.
The vet gingerly took the Mama cat out of the carrier. She had an 8 - 10 inch gash in her abdomen. The skin was necrotic and infected. Air had gotten under her skin, so she was in a enormous amount of pain. Despite it all, she was purring and nursing her kittens. The sweet, gentle Mama Cat leaned forward and gently groomed one of her babies. She didn't know that they would all die shortly.
Even the vet didn't understand why this family had to die. She was angry and frustrated with the system. She didn't want to kill 4 healthy kittens too.
Our volunteer asked: "Can we take this family?"
I couldn't imagine saying no. She will require a lot of care - expensive care and surgery.
With promises to the Mama Cat to love and care for them, our volunteer carefully took the 4 kittens home to bottle feed them. The Mama Cat will be given nurturing medical care - not death.
Me? I hung up the phone and went to the shelter website and found her:
Maybe I don't have the whole story. Maybe there's something I don't know or understand. But I do know that some things never change and my heart hurts.