Back in the Saddle

3 years ago 0
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I think it’s still warm.  
We look for the right home…not the “right now” home. We love that phrase coined by one of our fosters. It’s true. We are never desperate to adopt out any of our rescues and have refused adoptions in the past. One was refused yesterday. It just wasn’t the right fit and it looks like the next interested family is. A visit is being arranged…fosters are being returned. Now that our students are back to school, their foster cats will go back sometime this week. We also have a potential adoption of one of our adults this week.  
Today was food delivery and pick up of komforters that are prepped. Cathy cut and sewed 110 and they’ll be dropped off to Ken and Marilyn’s for finishing. We are so thankful that these are popular fundraisers and provide a cash flow.  
After notifying Animal Services that we were prepared to rescue more, we received notice of 18 cats and kittens that were going to be euthanized. We have less than 24 hours to respond.  If we do not respond, they are sent to be killed the next day.
The short timeline always causes us so much stress, trying to figure out who we can take and where we can put them. Thankfully one buffer mom wasn’t working today so there could be some problem solving and planning.  
There is a quiet panic as we send emails and talk on the phone. We want to save them all but we have limited space in our buffer homes. Where will we put them?  One that is destined to die was microchipped – the owner did not want him…only one had an owner who claimed her…one less to worry about – others that are already spayed and neutered and of course kittens with and without their moms.  NONE of these cats are feral. All are, or I should say, ‘were’ family pets.
Cats need to be quarantined/buffered to ensure they are healthy before fostering out so we have to figure out where we can put them and where they can go after their 2 weeks. Cats can sometimes develop distemper which is deadly or upper respiratory infections which require treatment. Buffer homes are prepared to deal with illness and sometimes death. They are also prepared to implement isolation protocols and the thorough disinfecting of the environment between sets of buffer cats, if they do become sick.  

We check vaccination dates as that helps determine whether we can take them and where we can put them.  By about 5:00 today we figured out we could save all 18.  Now it will be a matter of determining how we can pick them up by Wednesday’s 5:00 deadline as buffer parents work.  Arrangements will have to be made next.
Just got off the phone with another woman who rescues. Her husband goes to Simpson Street every day to feed a feral boy. They use those handwarmers to keep an aluminum plate of soft food warm enough so as not to freeze.  The handwarmers last a few hours and are costing them a bundle but they do what they can for this boy.
There are amazing people in this city which helps us with the feeling today, that there are too many that aren’t.  

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