Yesterday was one of those days in rescue. We had a call from a woman who noticed that a cat had been left behind when the neighbors house was foreclosed on. She called to tell us that there was an orange cat hanging out next door that she recognized as the former neighbor's and he was hungry. We were able to get him with little trouble as he was VERY hungry and grateful to be picked up, put in a carrier and fed. He is being held pending testing and a place to out him.
Next we were contacted by a woman who had taken in a 7 yr old declawed female kitty, partially deaf and also VERY hungry from an area you wouldn't expect a declawed kitty to survive in. This kitty looks to be a Himalayan or Maine Coon. I haven't seen her "in person" yet but one of our volunteers is fostering her until we can see what shape she is in. The woman came in covered with red rash all over from her allergy to the kitty who she was actually wishing she could keep.
Then, as I was working at NOAH, I saw the woman rapidly walking away from the Shack looking upset and worried. I stopped her to ask what was wrong and she told me the story of coming up to their weekend home and finding 6 10-14 day old kittens but no sign of a mom. They had been out in that rain storm the night before and huddled very close to a wash. She had no idea what to do as she isn't an animal person but cared enough to try to find help for them. I went to her house after work and saw the tiny babies crying and looking for food and comfort. Since we have no one that really does neonates and there were 6 of them which is pretty much hourly round the clock work, I didn't know what to do. I made a couple of calls and was able to find someone to take them in just for the weekend to keep them from starving or dying from exposure. An angel of mercy really and someone who cares deeply for the welfare of all animals and sacrifices greatly to save them and give them the lives they deserve. I am profoundly grateful that their lives were spared because someone was willing to extend themselves past their comfort zone.
I am writing all this to say if there is anyone who can help with this little group who has experience with neonates, it would be so appreciated. They are 6 little gray tabbies that you will immediately fall in love with. I have a couple of numbers to call for people who sometimes take the tinies but if any of you have any ideas, please let me know.
Or if you have any way to help with any of these issues it is greatly appreciated and we will put your energy to good use...for sure!
Thank you to all these people who cared enough and took the time to pick up the phone to help animals in distress. And thank you to all of you who take the time to help at the other end with food,shelter, gifts and money. Together we are making a difference.