Day 31 – Cute Feline Monday

Fell is no longer a kitten, but still so adorable I can’t resist putting up her photo for today’s post, which is, btw, the last in my month long “I Will Post Daily!” endeavor.  Not that I’m going to stop posting (the whole point of this exercise was to get back into the habit of writing daily and putting regular content on my blog), but I’m not going to be quite as Draconian about posting every day.

We call Fell “Wee Fell” because when she was a kitten, she was a tiny scrap of a thing with huge ears and not much else.  She and her brother Fro (short for Frohicke, although we call him Fro, Frodo, Froyo, NO FRO!) were originally fostered by friends of ours and supposed to go to a rescue organization in Marin, but Fell was diagnosed with Feline Leukemia so they ended up coming to our guest room for quarantine until she could be tested again. There are a lot of false positives when kittens are tested too young.  Subsequent testing showed she was clear and by this time, lots of feline pattypaw had been played under the door between Fell and Fro, and our cats.  When quarantine was lifted, the two immediately integrated into the horde without any fuss or fighting.  So… now Wee Fell (not so wee but just as cute) and Fro (the underwear thief I’ve written about in earlier posts) are part of the family. 

Day Three – Kittehs!!!

Wee baby kittehs!  These are currently residing in a friend’s bathroom along with their mother, a beautiful gray cat with a kinked tail.  At first we thought her tail had been injured, but then Mo noticed that several of the nine kittens (yup, you read that right…NINE kittens in this litter) have the same kink in their wee little tails.  Momcat has been keeping the kittens in a little ‘hut’ made of foam and fleece; Mo went into the bathroom this morning and found that Momcat had moved her babies out into the bathroom proper.  Wall to wall kittens!  

I especially like the little bruiser with his eyes open, gnawing on his sibling’s paw… Nom nom nom!!!   

Must. Share.

Forwarded to me by one of my fellow animal rescue friends… 

SF Bay Area Peeps! URGENT Call for Adoption!

Must Rehome ASAP (Everywhere)

Date: 2011-02-10, 7:57PM PST
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

Please help! After two long years of being on a waiting list for a dog, we have
been notified by breed rescue that, at long last, our number has come up and …

We must get rid of our children IMMEDIATELY because we just know how time
consuming our new little puppy is going to be and it just wouldn’t be fair to
the children. Since our little puppy will be arriving on Monday we MUST place
the children up for adoption this weekend!

They are described as:

One male — his name is Tommy, Caucasian (English/Irish mix), light blonde hair,
blue eyes. Four years old. Excellent disposition. He doesn’t bite. Temperament
tested. Does have problems with peeing directly in the toilet. Has had chicken
Pox and is current on all shots. Tonsils have already been removed. Tommy eats
everything, is very clean, house trained and gets along well with others. Does
not run with scissors and with a little training he should be able to read soon.

One female — her name is Lexie, Caucasian (English/Irish mix), strawberry
blonde hair, green eyes quite freckled. Two years old. Can be surly at times.
Non-biter, thumb sucker. Has been temperament tested but needs a little attitude
adjusting occasionally. She is current on all shots, tonsils out, and is very
healthy and can be affectionate. Gets along well with other little girls and
little boys but does not like to share her toys and therefore would do best in a
one child household. She is a very quick learner and is currently working on her
house training. Shouldn’t take long at all.

We really do LOVE our children so much and want to do what’s right for them.
That is why we contacted a rescue group. But we simply can no longer keep them.
Also, we are afraid that they may hurt our new puppy.

I hope you understand that ours is a UNIQUE situation and we have a real
emergency here! They MUST be placed into your rescue by Sunday night at the
latest or we will be forced to drop them off at the orphanage or along some
dark, country road. Our priority now has to be our new puppy.

$10 rehoming fee but price is very negotiable.

PS – If you laughed or understood the seriousness of this posting, please repost
it in other areas of the country as well as continue to repost it. It doesn’t
matter how quickly it was flagged the point is that SOMEONE SOMEWHERE will have read it and thought about it for minute

Rogue Rescue

You might notice a new button on the sidebar of my blog page.  A yellow “Donate” button. Or you might not have noticed it till I pointed it out.  Either way, it’s there!

The purpose behind this button is to raise money to neuter/spay rescue felines, most of them taken out of shelters such as King’s County in Fresno before they’re euthanized. Sadly, local shelters have recently changed their policies so they won’t do the low cost spay/neuters for the public for kittens under 4 months old.  This creates a huge problem as the rescue shelters won’t take the kittens unless they’re fixed.  This means we have to go through private vet hospitals, which charge a helty fee: $100-$200 or more, depending on gender.

For our friend and fellow feline rescuer (think Harriet Tubman, except with kitties) Mo, this means she is currently stuck with five kittens and their mother in her bathroom because the mother cat is so protective, she attacks any other animals she sees (including Mo’s very gentle dog).  Her other ‘quarantine’ room is currently occupied with teenagers we’re trying to find homes for.

We work with organized non-profit rescues, but do not belong to them ourselves. We’re looking into getting non-profit status, but it takes a while and given the glut of cats and kittens currently in shelters, with constant distress calls for help from the people running them, we don’t have time to wait.  M has spent thousands of dollars of her own money on medical care and spay/neuters for countless felines when the promised help from rescue groups (also overwhelmed) fell through.  We can get these kittens to a no-kill adoption center when they’re fixed, but we’re looking at $1,000 minimum to get all five kittens done.  The other option is to have them in M’s bathroom for another two and a half months, which reduces the odds of getting them adopted. Most people want, as our friend Aldyth puts it, ‘little bitties.’  We are also, btw, actively looking for good homes with people we know will get the babies fixed and be responsible parents!

In the meantime, we’ve set up a PayPal donation button on my account specifically to fund getting this batch of kittens fixed.  If anyone is inclined to give us grief because we are not an official non-profit, please remember it’s people like us (especially M!) that shoulder much of the time, responsibility, and money for rescue animals when the groups are full up or run out of money.  We also take on the grief when kittens who come to us ill from their short time in the shelters end up dying, despite our best care.

I’ve attached pictures of the kids and their mom (who is being spayed this Wednesday).  The white one is Mugatu.  Points to anyone who knows where the name comes from!  If you are in the Bay Area and know of anyone looking to adopt or even foster, please send them my way! Or, if you know someone who can spare a few dollars for a good cause and you can vouch for my integrity, it would be greatly appreciated!