Thursday, August 6, 2015

Passing the Buck

My Thunder Dog.  I miss him terribly. 

I am on vacation today and tomorrow, so keeping this short.

I wanted to say (because this IS my personal diary!) that even though I go out every single day of my life for an hour and half in summer, and two and half hours sometimes in the winter and feed well over 60 cats, shelter them and get them spayed and neutered, I am NOT a rescue organization.  I will rescue the sick, the dying, and the ones in imminent danger, but that's as much as I can do and still maintain a full time job, and my sanity.

I received a message the other day at home.  It was from an older woman who said she was referred to me by an rescue organization that I would be able to help her.  Now, I won't say the name of this organization, but I am .. appalled?  Is that the right word?  Maybe that's a bit extreme.  Now if someone calls me, I feel an obligation to help them.  This is way above and beyond my stress level taking on a new situation like this one.  The woman has tiny kittens, she believes maybe 5-6 weeks old that she is feeding behind her house.  She says she has not seen Momma.  She says there are many other adult cats around also.  Sounds like another colony of cats.  I am NOT an organization, its just ME.  An organization has volunteers and certain financial abilities that I do not have.  If you don't have those, you should NOT be an organization.  And you should not be passing the buck and referring me to anyone.  I have my hands full.  I know full well the rest of the organizations are full also, but please, take responsibility and help the person who is asking you for help.  This is the last thing I need with my house being overfull at the moment, and the financial situation I am in.  And what will I do with the kittens she has?  I offered her my traps, told her I would bring over a shelter for them, and she must continue to feed them.  Sweet sweet woman.  Very willing to do all, but she is reaching out for help.  We must help her. 

Little Fern, the emaciated calico I rescued Tuesday morning is going to her new home tomorrow.  A kind woman reached out and asked to adopt her.  I will bring her there tomorrow.  Fingers crossed all works out well.

Having five kittens is a LOT of work.  I can't wait for them to be old enough to go for their first shots, etc. at the vet and get them adopted out. 

Another situation I am in is that a woman that recently adopted a kitty from me is now contemplating returning her to me because kitty is going after her older kitty and scaring her to death.  I sent her a few links to read, but now I have this hanging over my head, what to do with another cat being returned.  I have too much stress.

I am going for a massage on Saturday morning, I am going to learn to meditate (I will find an open field in the country and park myself there and listen to the birds and bugs, and find my inner peace!), I am going to read a book, spend time with out of state family in town, and cook!  Wish me luck.

Have a nice day.

“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.”


  1. I hope that you have a wonderful massage and can relax for a few minutes! The lady who wants to return the cats needs to get them each a calming collar, drops to put in thier water and calming treats. I swear by those collars as I was at my end as well. The other thing we ended up doing was getting a 3rd litter box due to territorial issues! Seems to have worked and they get along again. As for the organization referring someone else to you - you should call them and give them a piece of your mind ;)

    1. Tracy is 100% correct!!!! Not only give them a piece of your mind tell them to never give your name out to anyone without your permission. Lastly, tell them you could use some of their assistance. Enjoy your time off Cat Angel!!!! You more than earned it.

      Walt Simoni

  2. Janine, What do you need to help this woman with the kittens and other cats she has? Are they in the City or a town? Food, shelter, $$$ ?