These days, I get up at 3 am. every morning, EVERY SINGLE MORNING, and head out at 4:15 am. to feed well over 60+ cats now, and those are the ones I can count. There are many more that wait in the wings for me to leave, the true ferals. I spay and neuter as many as I can through Rochester Community Animal Clinic, and have to return most of those to the street the next morning after their surgery, and its heartbreaking. I have rescued over 30 cats so far this year, and TNR'd that same approximate number. I still pay $50 per cat as I did at the HFC clinic years ago, and it costs me a fortune. I survive on my admin paycheck, and through the help of a few people, their kindly food and monetary donations. I have given up a life of vacations, fixing up my house, getting a new car, etc. Every penny goes to helping the less fortunate cats of Rochester. I would love to be able to find homes for these deserving cats, and there are at least 10 right now I could easily remove from the streets, and they would make such wonderful, and extremely grateful companions, but I can't find enough people willing to adopt or foster.
I have seen a lot of sadness on the streets over all these years, but there have been so many rewards that almost equal the sad. Take for instance, Miranda Smudgy. Here is the latest picture of her. Talk about a grateful and happy cat:
|Pippa is kinda my favorite - shhhh! don't tell the others!|
I could write all day about the recent developments on the streets this past week, but just noticed that I now need to get to my full time job! UGGGH. Prayers, please.
And don't forget my fundraiser! July 18th! Be there or be square. :)
Have a great day!
- I promise I will take your unwanted animals.
- I will heal their wounds, their diseases, their broken bones.
- I will give them the medical attention they need and deserve.
- I will nurture their starvation and give them a warm place to sleep.
- I will spay and neuter them, vaccinate them against the diseases that can harm them.
- I will treat them and honor them.
- I will buy them toys, blankets, balls and teach them to play.
- I will speak softly to them.
- I will try to teach them not to fear, not to cry and not to hate.
- I will whisper sweet, kind, gentle words into their ears, while gently trying to stroke their fear, their pain and their scars away.
- I will face their emotional scars and give them time to overcome them.
- I will socialize them, potty train them, teach them to be obedient, show them dignity
- I will hold their paws and stroke their ears if they have endured too much and walk them over the Rainbow Bridge....