|Peaches from Pennsylvania!|
The streets are no place for these abandoned stray cats. Take for instance.
I’ve been telling you about the baby kittens I’ve discovered next door to Syd and Johnny’s Auto Shop on Bay Street, across from Seventh. I spotted the mother one day weeks ago wandering the parking lot there in the early hours of 4:30 a.m., drove up and placed food on the side, with water. Next morning, bowl was empty. Figured kitty was eating it, so started doing it daily. A few days ago I discovered the kittens. Probably no older than three weeks to maybe four weeks old. Babies. I brought a shelter with me the next morning, and taped a note to the side of it. Lo and behold, Johnny, the owner, called me. Turns out his wife is Facebook friends with me, and she actually is a school chum of mine from junior high, and she has the same name as me – Janine! I am sure that clinched it because he agreed to allow me a little time to get the kittens, otherwise, he doesn’t want food placed there. He even offered to have a look at the Catmobile Jeep today, so that was dropped off. Fingers crossed its not too serious, and will get me through another winter. It has only 108,000 miles! L Back to kittens, I am praying I get some help with this from someone who already has way too much on her plate. I also have someone who has offered to foster the kittens, so it’s a good situation, except for mama kitty, who will likely be placed back out on the street. Maybe I can release her across the street where I have a colony already. Its close enough so that she might know the area if she so chooses to cross the street back to the garage. But the owner won’t want me to continue feeding there. That brings me to my next point.
These cats need a safe haven. There is a vacant lot next door to his garage, city owned? I don’t know.
I do know that I am meeting with the Mayor personally, and some of her staff, and we have a half hour to convince them of what I need, and what the rescue groups need from the city, and to prove the importance of Trap Neuter Return, and how imperative it is that this city adapt to what other larger cities are doing to help their overpopulation of cats. We need free neuter spay, more clinics, we need safe shelters on city lots that are managed and kept clean by people like me.
I saw a cat on the corner of Central and Second, where I have been putting food down under a mailbox for several cats, and she looked like she had just given birth. We need more volunteers to help get these poor animals so that they don’t have to suffer childbirth (kittenbirth?) under a porch or a bush, and produce kittens who will most likely suffer a painful death before they reach maturity.
In the meantime, I need a foster for Peaches (temporary name) after he is vetted today. Please spread the word!
Have a good day.
"I am an animal rescuer.
My job is to assist God's creatures
I was born with the need to fulfill thier needs
I take in new family members without plan, thought, or selection
I have bought dog or cat food with my last dime
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand
I have hugged someone vicious and afraid
I have fallen in love a thousand times
And I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body
I have animals friends and friends who have animals
I don't often use the word pet
I notice those lost at the roadside
And my heart aches
I will hand-raise a field mouse
And make friends with a vulture
I know of no creature unworthy of my time
War and abuse makes me hurt for the world
But a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for mankind
We are a quiet but determined army
And making a difference every day
There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan
Nothing more rewarding than saving a life
No higher recognition than watching them thrive
There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play
who only days ago was too weak to eat
I am an Animal Rescuer
My work is never done
My home is never quiet
My wallet is always empty
But my hearts is always full."