I began my series of rescue stories by telling the tales of the cats I’d rescued, those who lived their lives with me and those for whom I’d found a forever home. That is a finite number so I was going to run out of them sooner or later, even if I serialized some of them.
I’m not out there chasing cats around as often anymore, but every day others around me are answering calls and messages, helping cats they’ve found and organizing efforts to trap and assist colonies of cats who are abandoned or hoarded. Those current day stories are often ongoing with medical issues or socialization, and through that contain information and lessons that are valuable for anyone who rescues. A couple of years ago I started publishing a rescue now and then from among all these people to share the story, the information and lessons, and to publicly thank the people who went out of their way to help a cat or kittens or a whole colony.
Looking through the list of those stories the variety of cats and conditions is amazing, as is the strength, courage and persistence of all the remarkable people who were out on the streets to save cats. Many stories have happy endings with cats pulled from danger, healed, socialized, fostered and sent on their way to a loving forever home. Some don’t end as happily, but there are times in rescue when bringing a cat to safety and providing love and a humane passing, a true “good death”, is the sincerest way a human could rescue a cat.
For this post I’ve pulled together a list of the stories I published in this year alone and kind of categorized a few of them. Thank you for reading my rescue stories through this year and all the years past. I enjoy sharing them even more than I enjoy sharing my visual art because I know they touch many other people out there who are doing the same rescues right now, and they can know they are not alone even though others around them may think they’re “crazy”. We never forget the stories that touch us deeply, and in that way the cats and the people live on and help to move the cause of animal rescue forward a story at a time as we realize how many care deeply enough to give the gifts of themselves to help cats, and other animals as well.
And thanks too for generously donating to a few rescues who were complicated and expensive, and without your financial and moral support may have had a completely different ending.
Ophelia and her vascular ring anomaly
Tommy and his saddle thrombus
Other kitties who needed assistance
Rescues with lessons
Meet the rescuers
Read more stories in my weekly Rescue Stories series
and read about my Rescue Stories series.
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Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters
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