Water off a duck’s back

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Another rainy and cold day in Thunder Bay. Typical Victoria Day.

We’re getting ready for the adoption fair, helping supporters who want to do fundraisers for us get the word out there, answering email inquiries.

We also had a few adoptions – one to a young woman living in a group home and supported by her worker. We brought the cat over yesterday and warned her that the kitty was afraid. Despite the kitty hiding from her, the young woman fell in love. We decided that Feliway – a product that diffuses a pheromone that happy cats use to mark their territory as safe and secure, would be helpful.  The worker offered to buy it but it is quite expensive. Tricia offered to pick one up that was loaned to another adopter to help their cat adjust and deliver it to the home. Tricia did that today on Victoria Day holiday and helped set it up.  Carol did an adoption today as well, as the adopter was home and anxious to meet her kitty.

A call last night from a worried foster parent. He would feel better if someone looked at the cat so I started off to his apartment with a little bag containing gloves, my trusty polysporun and cotton balls. In my other hand I carried a bottle of hibitane. As I trudged along dodging puddles and potholes, I thought “gee it looks like I’m carrying a mickey!”  I struggled to jam the bottle into my pocket as I dashed across the 4 lane street. I’m sure I looked even more suspicious to passing motorists. Was glad it wasn’t in a crumpled paper bag!

Not sure what was going on with the little guy but he was happy and eating and pooping and peeing. Will make a vet appointment just to be safe.  Foster dad can take the kitten to the vet appointment but we always want to be present so we know what’s going on and can ask questions. As well, we don’t want fosters feeling alone in having to make decisions around treatment.

Where does the duck come from?  Seems like some negative comments have been made about us on Facebook. It’s a free country and we value free speech but when opinions and statements are made in a public forum, it can be damaging.

If you follow our blog, you will know that we work hard, that we care…that we don’t do this work for the glory because “frankly my dear, there ain’t none.” It’s emotionally and physically draining.  It’s stressful. It’s frustratingly maddening. It’s all consuming (I awoke last night during  the storm worried about that little cat dealing with the thunder and being even more stressed.)

We just don’t pull cats and adopt them out like a factory. We do care about them. We do care about the cat over population issue, attending meetings on that subject to help problem solve, volunteering our help once an initiative gets rolling.

Walk a mile in our shoes. Volunteer. If you have a criticism, say so but also provide a solution…. but hey, there will always be those who will sit on the sidelines, behind the keys of a computer and point fingers.  We won’t dignify the comments with a rebuttal. We do not need to defend ourselves. We’ll just let that roll off our backs and carry on and know we’re doing the best we can. We know we’re making a difference saving lives and making a difference in the lives of our adopters.


2 Responses

  1. Lorraine says:

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, absolutely! We are so fortunate in this country to be able to post our opinions about each and every little thing….even if we know not what we speak of. Lots of folks like to talk….but they won’t walk the walk. Animal rescues suffer emotionally and financially. Heartbreaking situations occur far too many times and it takes time to recover from the sadness and loss. But in rescue there is no time to let yourself be sad for long….you have to forge ahead….can’t miss a beat because other little ones are depending on you. Maybe if you have the time to criticize others, maybe you have the time to come up with a solution also. Solutions and an extra set of hands sometimes are always welcome! When I worked full time, we were only allowed to complain about something if we also had a solution to try and fix the issue! Nice idea that brings out positive change!

  2. Phyllis says:

    Kitty Kare is one of the most caring and hard working team of people I have met. They diligently try to find homes for all the rescues, their babies born because some people’s will not spay and neuter their cats and have even left them to run loose with the chance of great danger. Just check out the blog at Kitty Kare and see what they face because of owners ignorance. The volunteers sometimes pay out of their funds so the naysayers can stuff it and maybe put yourselves in their shoes befor e you make comments about others who are doing a great job and saving lots of Kitty lives.

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