So this is what a clinic with 94* cats looks like—and this is only about half, a panorama I made of photos taken about 11:30 today. Starting on the left is the recovery area in the racks on either side of the volunteer in the red shirt, the rack you see in the middle is pre-op waiting, and behind that you can’t see the post-op counter and the table for cleaning traps and cages. This might be half of all the cats at the clinic today. (*I originally had 93, but one more cat came in after I’d checked the numbers.) And to add a few updated stats the day after this was originally posted, two cats were already neutered, and two surgeries were hernias. The veterinarians also fixed a degloved tail and did a dental on a cat with rotten teeth.
Below is how the day started for me, before dawn when two people dropped off all these cats, first three, and then four (thanks to Becky and Susanne for that). I drove them to the clinic early and stayed to volunteer.
At this clinic, just before Halloween, all services for black cats were free! There were several cats who looked like this little feral kitten all the way from Punxsutawney, over an hour away. Her belly looks leathery from the iodine solution.
The clinic was full of beautiful cats! These two little fuzzballs were looking for a foster to teach them some manners, and they got one too.
Many of the other cats looked like this one–so many gray cats today! Six of the seven cats I transported were solid gray, one was black.
This orange guy was ready to go home as soon as he woke up.
And here’s a photo of me and Diane, the foster who will take the two kittens above, as we take care of cats in the recovery area. Connor, in the foreground, is a wonderful cat tamer already.
Today’s clinic prevented a lot of kittens from being born over winter and next spring, and I’m glad I could be a part of it. The next clinic, November 16, is a free for ferals clinic, and it’s the one Deb Chebatoris and I are sponsoring.
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