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A Rescuer's poem
I am an Animal Rescuer My job is to assist God's creatures I was born with the drive to fulfill their needs I take in helpless, unwanted, homeless creatures without planning or selection I have bought cat food with my last dime I have patted a matted and dirty cat with my bare hand I have hugged someone feral and afraid I have fallen in love a thousand times And I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body too many times to count I have animal friends and friends who have animal friends I don't often use the word "pet" I notice those lost at the road side And my heart aches I will hand raise a field mouse And make friends with a vulture I know of no creature unworthy of my time I want to live forever if there aren't any animals in Heaven But I believe there are Why would God make something so perfect and leave it behind Some may think we are master of the animals But the animals have mastered themselves Something people still haven't learned War and abuse make me hurt for the world But a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for mankind We are a quiet but determined army And we are making a difference every day There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan Nothing more rewarding than saving a life No higher recognition than watching them thrive There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play who only days ago, was too weak to eat By the love of those who I've been privileged to rescue I have been rescued I know what true unconditional love really is for I've seen it shining in the eyes of so many Grateful for so little I am an Animal Rescuer My work is never done My home is never quiet My wallet is always empty But my heart is always full ------Author Unknown
Nice to be home. The kitties missed me of course. The neighbour took wonderful care of them as usual, even buying me glasses to replace one she broke. She didn't really have to. There are more even at the other house plus stuff I still have not unpacked. The cats seem to like the enclosure. No responses yet on my cats up for adoption. Mocha is also responding well to her medications. She is on antibiotics and metacam. I am not sure why the other vet, only prescribed steroids :(
R.I.P. to my three furbabies who crossed the bridge here at Poland. I miss you very much and wish things had been different. But I promise you though, your crossing to the rainbow bridge will not be in vain. I am going to adopt out as many kitties from the cat house that I can, so that they will get all the love and affection they deserve. Meowmy wishes she could still take care of all of you, but Grandpa is sick and needs all my attention. You will not be forgotten Fredo, Tippy and Wiley. I will love and remember you always.
The cats seem to be happy in the cat house now that one of the enclosures are installed and Joe put in these led stick lights I bought from Costco, they can be turned on or off by remote control. I went in again, did the litters and fed them their wet food. They sure love their wet food.
for some reason, i can't upload another picture. Have been living here since October. It's a wonderful home with a history. Used to be the old Warsaw hotel. Bought a schoolhouse shed to give the kitties their own space. Yesterday we finally attached one of the enclosures and the kitties are happy for the fresh air and explore their surrounding. Unfortunately, the weather hasn't permitted us to be able to install the other enclosures as there is too much hard snow and ice surrounding the bottom of the shed. It's a work in progress and I am also having to find homes for most of the kitties. Having my father living with me full time and has dementia, it is difficult as I am spread thin. Will post again later
It's been awhile since I have posted. This is a picture of my home in Campbellford. I am planning on selling it by Spring. I have relocated to a new home in Poland, Ontario. Alot has happened since I bought the house in Campbellford. I lost 3 cats shortly after moving, my Jack, Cassidy and Blackie. I brought my Father to live with me and my sister is now living with her boyfriend in Campbellford and sadly we are estranged.
I was at the vets today. Had to take my poor Chelsea to be put to sleep. I knew she was really sick and hoped it was her teeth or a upper respiratory but sadly my Chelsea had mammary and oral cancer. She was feral. She would not allow me to get close. I had hoped she and her children would come around but unfortunately they remained feral. Zeus her son is semi feral, as he will not let me touch him but he no longer runs away from me in fear like he used to. He does not always keep his distance but his momma never came around. She was 7 years old at the time that I rescued her. She, her daughter Velvet and her son Zeus, were living in the ravine behind a house a few streets over from me. The Lady who owned the house with her husband, was dying of cancer and could no longer take care of them. A friend of mine and I went over there for a few nights until we had successfully trapped all and took them to be spayed and neutered. Unfortunately,some females who are spayed late in life, having gone through many heat cycles before being spayed, can develop mammary cancer. Her tumour was quite large and it must have caused her alot of pain. I just wish she had not been feral and I was able to notice she was sick earlier. But Chelsea was 11 years old, she had 4 years with me and my zoo, alot longer than she would have lasted outdoors. It just saddens me every time I lose one. Especially when I never really got a chance to know her and named her after one of my favourite Bon Jovi songs, Midnight in Chelsea.
R.I.P. my sweet Chelsea. You are on the wings of angels now. I will never forget you.
so true. Sometimes you wake up and feel undecided about what you want to do and sponteneity usually works for me. I love to travel and explore new places and not knowing where I am and finding an interesting place can be very exciting. Not always knowing where you are and where you want to go does not have to be scary. Having everything mapped out for you is not always a good thing. Routine kind of sucks the life of things sometimes. I find my life too routine at best and love to mix things up.
the new litter that I am using in the new litter boxes in the den seem to be working. All the cats are using the boxes and not the floor. It really is a good litter. They are crystal type balls and it was easy to scoop out the poop and the urine just dissolves. i guess the cats using the den were too lazy to go to the alcove or they just don't like the feline fresh I use in the other boxes. Some cats are finicky that way I guess.
I also got a bunch of donated cat food from my friend at Global so I have more than enough now to feed my not so little feline zoo. It really helps. The food is actually quite good too. I lucked out this time. It's food by fromm and you can actually see the big chunks of chicken they use with a thick brothy sauce. cats love to lick off the broth and leave a few bits if chicken in the bowl. But I leave it out for awhile and the chicken eventually gets eaten. Too bad Jack does not like canned cat food as I am sure it is quite tasty. he likes his chicken cooked and then I add the addlife powder from wysong along with his viokase. He has chronic pancreatitis and his system is unable to process the food normally, so the viokase helps his system along.
The enclosure is still a big hit. I scooped out the litter box and it was quite full. some of the cats, like Angus have learned how to get back up through the enclosure. The other cats don't seem curious enough yet but Sam, one of my colony rescues loves to lie in the enclosure near the bathroom. I just need to put a climber or a step ladder in the bathroom to make it easier for Jack or the other upstairs kitties to get into the enclosure. It is a small bathroom and my gets around in a walker so I have to be careful about what I put in there, does not obstruct her in any way.
Tomorrow, Kris from cat's den is coming back to put an enclosure off the kitchen porch. that will be great for the kities like Beauty, Smokey and Sawyer. To encourage them to use the enclosure and not be outside. It will be secure enough that when we open the kitchen door we no longer have to worry about cat's escaping.
Whose to say how many cats is too many? When my eyes linger to the left of my bed while I am laying under my soft sheets and new duvet cover I recently bought on ebay, and see all the cats snoozing away, inevitably covering my bed in fur, i don't care. I love my cats. Wish I had less than what I have? I don't know. It's a hard thing to answer knowing where these kitties came from and wonder what their fate would have been, had I not been there to intervene. My most recent rescues were kittens, now adults, were found under a pile of wood in my neighbours backyard. Others I rescued from a junkyard, the momma kitty seeking refuge in an old range rover with her kittens. Others I rescued from horrible hoarding situations, some from my backyard and the rest from a neighbour up the street who just dumped them on me. When I see them all curled up against each other or wrapped with each other or enjoying the new enclosure I built or climbing the new all in one activity centre I bought at the pet show, I am glad I chose to be their meowmy. Even after money I have spent at the vets, money I have spent on food, on having to get a pricey new vacuum cleaner or a carpet cleaner, it is worth it. The only down side is that a few of them still do not have the best litter box habits, meaning they do not use one, but considering the amount of cats I have, it is to be expected I guess. There will always be messes to be cleaned up after, but that is a choice I made and as long as I have the right tools and product, I do okay.
And the number one reason I am glad I rescued these cats and that I am their meowmy and zookeeper, is when my cat Chance finally came back to my bed to cuddle. He was holding out on me for awhile to be with a momma feral cat Gigi, for reasons I don't really understand, but she is an awesome momma. That story is for another day.
It is a real windy night. It's amazing how the weather can change on a dime here. I just never get used to it. I had to take out some recycling and bags of litter for the Thursday pickup. We could barely walk in the hallway with all the bags filling the floor of the hallway. I also had to run some errands today and the weather was real nice that I only wore a long sleeve tshirt over a short sleeve one, But now there is such a strong wind blowing threw our driveway, it does not seem believable that it just turned so suddenly. I got my mom's meds, some groceries and pet food. I was loaded up on my scooter and bags kept dropping off as I was trying to get home. But I finally did. The social worker came by too, thankfully she had the monthly cheque in hand. It will help defray against the cost of the groceries, meds and the pet food. Mostly.
I wish I could get a Dyson. Every time the commercial comes on. Maybe I will. I don't know. On Consumer report, the hoover seemed to fair better. But the Dyson is famous for not losing suction that with all these cats in my home, it is real tempting.
I am also excited about the cat enclosure getting installed on Wednesday. I hope between now and then, my mom will be okay and she does not have to go back to the hospital if her leg does not heal up properly.
Anyway, I am going to tuck in now with my new library books. Most of them Cookbooks, but one a mystery and the other a cat behaviour book.
I finally used the Bissell pro 2x cleanshot that I bought at Costco. I took out even the most stubborn stains with the hand tools. No wasting of cleaning solution as it has a seperate tank. I went through the bottle of cleaning solution plus a big bottle of Zep carpet cleaning solution that I bought at home depot. It really performed well and I was very happy. I have a wall to wall in my very large bedroom. It is a bit of work having to refill the solution and pour out the dirty water and refill the hot water but it is amzing how much dirty wwater there was. Since it has a seperate tank for the clean water, it worked out really well. I hope to use it on my mom's carpet upstairs. Now I am debating about getting the Dyson animal as the hoover windtunnel upright right now seems to be gettng tired and the bissell picked up alot of hair that the vacuum cleaner did not.
Anyway, I am happy with the results and will probably give my carpet a good cleaning at least once a month. With a large multiple cat household it is really hard to stay ahead. It also works on floors so I would like to see how the Bissell cleans my ceramic tiles, the grout really can get dirty.
I am a retired cat rescuer with a sanctuary I like to call the not so little feline zoo, Every one of my cats has a story, some sadder than others. But now they are a spoiled bunch with lots of toys, climbers, window perches and of course plenty of food and water. I use my own money to feed and care for my zoo and get the occasional food donation.
In my free time I like to read. It's my little escape. I love to read psychological suspense, mysteries, british mysteries, biographies and other fiction. I love to find books at charity shops or book sales, letting the books choose me. Whenever I have energy and not too many kitties in the kitchen, I love to cook and bake. I have been collecting cook books for a long time, and also love my gadgets.
I also am an owner and moderator of several cat groups on yahoo, a cat book club as well as a recipe sharing group.