Over the past two weeks we have successfully rescued two cats.
A man that lived in a house across the street from us was evicted from his home and his 5-month old kitten was left on the front porch. I only became aware of this because we heard non-stop crying from our window. We could see the kitten sitting by the side door crying and anxiously pacing back and forth.
It broke our hearts.
So, we started to make friends with the scared kitten. We brought him food 4 times a day with the goal of trapping him, getting him vetted then adopted. We named him Baby Cow.
About 4 days later we attempted to pick him up and put him in a large carrier. Well, he panicked and so did we, it was not a success. I called Catress.NYC and she was over in a flash with a kitten trap. About an hour later we had Baby Cow in the trap and he went to his temporary foster.
After all vetting (see list below) took place, Baby Cow was adopted into a great home.
Another dog walker in the area posted in a local FB group about a young cat that had been left behind when his people moved. Boni and I went to assess the cat and it turned out he was super friendly. We went back the next day with a carrier but it was so hot out and we did not see him.
We named him Emilio.
We spoke to a woman on the block who was staying with friends and would sit with the cat when she went outside for a smoke. She loved him. We exchanged numbers and she would text me when she saw him later that day. The next day it was raining but cool out. Waited until it looked like the rain would be just a drizzle. I went with the carrier to his usual location and there was the lady, sitting on her porch smoking and Emilio lounging on her lap.
I put the carrier down, some food inside and in he went. No crying or hissing, he even took a nap in the carrier while waiting in the lobby of the vet’s office, even with a Shibu Inu staring at him.
Unfortunately the vet just let us know that he has a diaghragmatic hernia and needs to have surgery. We are waiting for all the specifics about this but we know the costs will be high.
The point of this post is to show that making a difference in one cats life does mean something. We rescue when we can and we do it so the unwanted cat has a second chance. I also want to show how many people can be involved in the rescue of one cat. A group of people that does not necessarily know each other, but comes together to get the cat to safety, in my eyes is a true team.
The rescue we volunteer with is small, run by a group of 4 rescuers. We rely on donations to help cushion all the costs involved in rescue as we pay for them out of pocket.
To give a general idea of the vet care taken here is a list.
1/ Snap test for FIV & FelV
2/ Revolution for fleas and other parasites
3/ Fecal test & dewormer
4/ FVRCP vaccines
5/ Rabies vaccine
8/ Boarding at the vet we partner with
9/ Specialty vet care (expensive)–Purffect example, Emilio