Thursday, June 18, 2015

Overwhelmed AND Underpaid

I would like to mention, and thank, a wonderful and kind gentleman by the name of Duane DeHollander. Duane is a very generous man who started Rochester Hope for Pets - Missy's Fund to help those in need of financial assistance with spaying and neutering their pets.  He has helped me in the past, and without him, I couldn't have spayed and neutered as many cats as I have since I began doing this.   Here is the link in case any of you would like to check out what its all about.

After my rounds this morning, I came home with a very heavy heart.  A friend of mine rode with me this morning, she wanted to show me the three or four spots she puts food down for cats at every other day, and wanted to show me a plot of land that she says would be ideal to be used as a sanctuary for cats, a great big field in the middle of the hood.  Would love to know who owns this land also. 

It was a beautiful and quiet morning out there, I love the peace and tranquility of this time of day.  After she saw all my spots, and all the kitties waiting for me to feed them, we drove to her spots.  There is a young tortoise girl that zoomed over when we placed food by the side of the road and she was RAVENOUS.  She even started to choke after gulping down the food.  She feeds at this spot every other day, so these cats - I saw more - are not even eating regularly.  This cat needs to be rescued immediately.  At another spot, I looked over in disbelief.  I saw at least five adult cats, and maybe six or seven or eight baby kittens!  I said to her this is a crime.  I am not putting blame on anyone.  There are some people that cannot deal with situations like this. Its overwhelming.  I certainly don't know what even I can do - I think we can all agree that I do more than my share, I am overwhelmed by what I do as it is, let alone to take over this situation and get it remedied.  I am just one person - but this situation needs help.  This spot needs help.  I need to find someone to trap these cats for me regularly, and get as many of them into the clinic to be spayed and neutered.  I was so upset by what I saw.  We left food and water down for them, and drove off.  Not a good start to my day.

Potential Adopter No. 1 came to meet Smudgy Miranda last evening, and hopefully Potential Adopter No. 2 will come meet her.  There is a Potential Adopter No. 3 in the wings, so lets pray we can find this girl a home.  Potential Adopter No. 1 is just worried about her older cat, who has two younger siblings for a total of three kitties that Smudgy Miranda would be joining in the mix.  Smudgy Miranda is not thrilled by the sight of other cats, so she would take a bit of time to trust another around.  But she would eventually come around. 

That's all I have today folks.  Have a good one.

"Don’t live your fears, live your dreams."


  1. Janine,

    Thank you very much for acknowledging Duane DeHollander for his profound kindness and devotion to helping our Feline friends. I am honored to be considered a friend of Duane's who is a former Police Officer and Judge. Duane was the most dedicated volunteer Habitat for Cats ever had in my biased and humbling opinion. Karon on more than one occasion attempted to recruit Duane to the Habitat For Cats Board of Directors. He respectfully declined and wisely so because he did not want to get involved in the politics of the organization. Not only does Duane help you Janine, I personally know of other rescuers that he helps with food and shelters. I encourage all your blog followers to visit his website to learn more about Missy's Fund. Keep up
    your Excellent work(Cat Angel).

    Walt Simoni

  2. I had the very pleasant and,,educational experience of volunteering with Duane, he should be recognized on a national,level,for his work and contribution to the community, an outstanding individual !