This rescued kitten says, “Thanks for rescuing me!” and gives a high five!
I went to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society two pick up two stray/feral cats who’d been spayed for the Homeless Cat Management Team and needed to go somewhere for recovery overnight before being released back to the hood tomorrow. While I was there the intake person asked me, jokingly, if I’d also like a bottle baby and pointed into the tiny pink cat carrier on her desk, which contained what looked like a fuzzy cat toy on a towel. She pulled this little nugget from the carrier and the kitten squeaked just a little and settled into the woman’s hand, then decided to make a little kitten speech while waving her paws. People were trapping for TNR in a neighborhood and found her and the cat they presumed to be her mother. They did not trap her mother and decided later in the day to bring her in since they’d caught her, and with careful nurturing and skilled bottle feeding by the intake person, who will take her home, she’ll be healthy and socialized and ready for a loving forever home in about six weeks instead of a life on the streets.
How’s that for taking work home?
Below, the two beautiful girls whose reproductive lives are over, though they will be returned to their neighborhoods, a tortie girl…
…and a tabby girl. She had apparently been owned by someone who was feeding cats but passed away and all of them began to reproduce. There are no foster homes for these girls to be socialized, but at least they are spayed and have a caretaker.
In one of the cat adoption rooms this handsome cat was a-wandering, and when I tapped on the glass he came right over and jumped up on the table at the window. He’s so friendly and handsome, lots of fur and his patches are dark brown tabby patches. He has a mask and ears, then his tail is tabby and a patch on his butt, and a few odd patches on his hind legs, otherwise he’s creamy white, and really playful. “The shelter staff think I am about 7 years old and I weigh 12 pounds. I have been at the shelter since May 18, 2014.”
And if there was ever the best reason to adopt bonded siblings it was watching these two wrestle. I didn’t catch their names but they look to be about 12 weeks old and were just non-stop play, except when they thought they’d get some attention.
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Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life
Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters
Tuesday: Rescue Stories
Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork
Thursday: New Merchandise
Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy
Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats
And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!