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Thirty Nine Years with Cats—and Counting #BtC4A


Strange title, I know. The title was the toughest part of writing this blog post to be honest. I am participating in the Be The Change 4 Animals blog event.

I pawticipate

I pawticipate

I want to use this special blog post to share with all my readers the degree of commitment my Mom L and Dad P have to being the change for animals.

When Mom L first learned that Dad P had two cats, Squeaky and Barney, as a single guy in his early 30’s—she thought he was someone she would like to know better. And when they married, Dad P made sure Mom L had her very own kitty. All three cats were rescues in one way or another. And their commitment to making the lives of companion animals better has bonded them for thirty nine years.

Squeeky the tuxie girl lived to 19

Squeaky the tuxie girl lived to 19

Mom L always wanted another gray kitty so Dad P heard about a kitten and brought her home. Dad P’s other cat, Barney, took the kitten under his paw and the kitten worshiped Barney. Mom L named her Ixtaccihuatl. I know, I know—hard to wrap your tongue around that name, right? Ixtaccihuatl, in Nahuatl, means “white woman” and it is the name of a dormant volcano above Mexico City. It is also called Mujer Dormida meaning sleeping woman. Mom L somehow thought that was the perfect name for her kitten. Thankfully for that kitten, they called her Ixy.

Boris and side kick Ixy

Boris and side kick Ixy

Now what does all this have to do with Be The Change 4 Animals you might be wondering. Well, I wanna let you all know that thirty nine years later, my human guardians are still helping cats have the best life possible. I have shared more than once the SNIP (spay,neuter impact program) clinic where they both now volunteer. SNIP is held only four times a year and the April clinic this month fell smack dab on their thirty ninth wedding anniversary—April 10th.

Getting hitched

Getting hitched

And what did they do to celebrate their thirty nine years together? You got it, they Pawed It Forward, and worked the SNIP clinic to celebrate their special day. They and all the other volunteers who staff this special clinic were the change for 71 community cats that day. Many of those cats were pregnant and are returned to their trap location, without having to ever have kittens again. And those males with big jowls and fight scars will hopefully never feel they need to protect their territory again.

Here are some photos of Mom and Dad’s thirty ninth wedding anniversary celebration.

Relaxing before opening and admitting first patiet

Relaxing before opening and admitting first patient

And yes, the above photo of the man wearing a Savannah’s Paw Tracks t-shirt is my Dad P! *proud ears* Here is the lucky kitty who arrived first. He was really nervous, but because he is young, he will not have to face years of fighting other un-neutered male cats for turf. Dad P transported him in his trap to await his surgery. TNR WORKS!!

Next is waiting for surgery—the hall before patients arrive and after they come flooding in.

Surgery waiting room

Surgery waiting hall

From the waiting hall, they go to sedation, then weigh in and first quick medical check for obvious wounds, pregnancy, etc.

Sedation room. Large scale waiting for patient's in traps

Sedation room. Large scale waiting for patient’s in traps

From here they are hand carried (Mom L got to help do weigh in and hand carry!!) to the surgery prep area for shaving and ear tipping.

Surgery prep is quiet and then it is NOT!!

Surgery prep is quiet and then it is NOT!!

Now they are in to surgery.

The surgery room is quiet and then filled with six DVMs

The surgery room is quiet and then filled with six DVMs

After surgery they receive vaccinations, flea and ear mite treatment.

The table and supplies are ready and then it begins!

The table and supplies are ready and then it begins!

The photo above of the kitties getting their vaccinations is blurred on purpose. They deserve some privacy, don’t you think? And then they are reunited with their own personal trap and whisked off to recovery where it is warm and quiet.

Have a look at some of the patients up close and personal. They are not always in the best of body condition, often matted fur and dirty, but they go back home as cleaned up as they can be.

Mom L just adored this cat. She glanced down as she was tagging his trap and saw two sweet paws gripping the trap for dear life!

Hanging on for dear life

Hanging on for dear life

Isn’t he just precious! So hard to believe that they can’t all be scooped up and taken home for a cuddle. But because of SNIP and all the volunteers, including the couple who used SNIP as their celebration event for their thirty ninth wedding anniversary, this cat will have a better chance at living a longer and more healthy life as a community cat. this gonna hurt??

Ummm…is this gonna hurt??

What do you do to Paw It Forward and Be The Change 4 Animals?




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36 thoughts on “Thirty Nine Years with Cats—and Counting #BtC4A

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  2. meowmeowmans on said:

    Happy anniversary to your awesome Mom and Dad! We’re so proud to call you friends, and to be partners in helping animals!

  3. Happy anniversary!! Sounds like a purrfect way to spend it too! 🙂 Thank you for your 39 years of helping cats and thank you for joining in Blog The Change For Animals!

  4. What a wonderful and inspiring post!! Thank you for sharing – you sure do wrap your paws around the concept of Blog Change for Animals!

    • why thank you Miss Deb. I like to think that Mom L and I truly do have a paws on grasp of what Blog The Change 4 Animals is all about. And I try everyday to Paw It Forward using my social media to share other cats and woofies who don’t have their permanent homes like me once upon a time. Paw pats to all of your furfamily

  5. katie isabella on said:

    Happy Anniversary to your parents and you and TKS are fortunate to the extreme.

  6. What a great post! Happy Anniversary to your amazing mom and dad!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  7. What great stuff to read about! What your peeps did then, what they do now and what they’ve been doing for thirty-nine years. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! May they enjoy many, many more. Purrs, Seville.

  8. sandy921 on said:

    What a wonderful way to celebrate your 39th wedding anniversary with volunteering on a cause that you both feel strongly about. Happy anniversary!!!

  9. pilch92 on said:

    Happy 39th Anniversary to 2 amazing people. That was such a wonderful way to celebrate by helping more cats.

  10. what a wonderful story – and the PURRfect way to celebrate 39 wonderful years!

  11. I spent a day helping a spay clinic, and it was such a rewarding thing. I always love hearing about others doing it as well.

    Happy Anniversary

  12. Happy 39th Anniversary to your Mom and Dad. My peeps have 5 years on them. We’re so proud of all the great things they do!!!

  13. Paws up to your peeps, Savvy for spending their special day helping the animals!

  14. Happy Anniversary to your parents! What a cool way to spend their special day. You should be proud, Savvy.

  15. Happy 39th Anniversary! I love that you spent it volunteering with SNIP! That’s truly amazing. My husband also loves cats and on an early date, he met my cats and they gave their approval of him and well, the rest is history!

  16. What a wonderful story of love! Especially love the way you celebrated your anniversary. Fantastic! Thanks for blogging the change for animals.
    Be the Change for Animals

  17. I love how so many of this clinics work to help keep the cat population down. I read of a community (I can’t remember which one) where the mayor wanted the trapped animals euthanized and not released. Clearly he did not understand the program!

    Thank you for being the change for animals and for supporting the blog hop.

  18. Two French Bulldogs on said:

    We say kudos to your momma and Pops
    Lily & Edward

  19. that is a GREAT way to paw it forward!!

  20. GREAT post! Happy Anniversary to your peeps! TW was a tears looking at that little guy hugging the bars. I’d love to use that pic next time I do a piece on shelters and TNR. Thank Mom L and Dad P for all they do even with everything else on their plates. BTW, I’m hooking you up with the blog hop so others can read this inspiring story.

  21. Oh that one hugging the bars is just gorgeous! Question, what happens if you find the cat is pregnant?

  22. S & S…high paws two yur mom & dad for everee thing they haz done over de yeerz….. anda happee bee lated annie fursarry two them….heerz two another 39 anda yeer a head filled with happee nezz & health ♥♥♥

    oh…N heerz two a tiger shovelnose catfish kinda week oh end ♥♥♥

  23. hannahandlucy on said:

    A late Happy Anniversary to you both and hope you will have some time together.

  24. This is so wonderful and SNIP is quite the operation! It’s people like Mom L and Dad P who make the world go round for kitties. How wonderful that they celebrated 39 years together by helping cats. That’s the perfect way to spend an anniversary. Congratulations!

  25. Happy Anniversary to Mom L and Dad P Savvy! And may they always find rescue a shared and rewarding love…bravo to them both ! Loves Miss Bev xxxx

  26. that was a wonderful plan for your humans anniversary Savvy… I wish this world would have more peeps like Mom L. and Dad P. then it could be a warm and friendly place…. Happy Anniversary to your pawrents and hugs for being super pawsome!

  27. What a wonderful thing you do for the cats, both past present and future. A great report and thanks for sharing and giving inspiration. purrs ERin

  28. Happy anniversary L&P! What a great way to celebrate that milestone. We have another new cat who turned up uninvited. Pippin is around 2 and the most gorgeous fellow. The vet agrees with us that he was a house cat that has been fending for himself for a very long time. Snipped, chipped and treated for all and sundry and beginning to settle in well. The only issue being getting to cope with our two dogs. He’ll get there!

  29. OMC, Savvy, your humans are so AWESOME and such great examples for other humans to follow! You should be totally proud of them, for all the work they do. It’s one thing to have a great heart… it’s another to use that as motivation to do good work.

    • *blushes* thank you Summer for such kind words of appreciation for Mom L and Dad P’s devotion to all things animal, companion and yes, wild as well. They have been devoted to preservation of wildlife along with rescuing companion animals one by one forever. purrs

  30. Happy anniversary (even if belated) – the next will be a big number then! They call it ruby-anniversary.

  31. billie on said:

    Great story, Linda. What a lovely couple you were on your wedding day. Congratulations on your 39th. Here’s wishing you many more. Your pictures were so informative. And what an observer you are to snap that one of “hanging on for dear life”. How true, how true. We all find ourselves in situations where we know how it feels to “hang on for dear life”. Thank you for all your work on behalf of all kitties.

  32. Happy Anniversary to two fine people I am proud to know. Mom L. and Dad P. Thank you for an inspiring report on TNR!!

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