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One last update on rescue Paloma

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

I have the bestest ever Happy Tails Ending to share with you all. Remember my first post about Sweet Baby Girl that Miss Kandi was feeding? And then I shared that Sweet Baby Girl now aka Paloma had been saved by the University of California, Davis program Orphan Kitten Project?

Well, sweet Paloma had four kittens and eventually all were adopted. Except for Paloma.

Loving Paloma was entered into the UCD Fracture Program for rescue animals because no one knew if her broken front leg would need to be amputated or if she could heal it herself with bed rest. GOOD NEWS!! Paloma, with those first weeks of just hanging out nursing her four kittens HEALED her own broken leg.

Next challenge, getting the four kittens adopted and a special home for Paloma. She is only about eighteen months old, just a young kitty.

It happened!! A family who adopted a small doggy from the Fracture Program loved Paloma’s story and they adopted her!! And Paloma turns out to love being with a dog furriend more than a cat furriend! Love just happens, right?

At first Paloma was a loner, finding places to hang out in quiet. But then, she discovered that her new doggy pal had his very own condo? Of course, like any cat, Paloma decided that condo was big enough for two!

She is loving her new home and her new buddy.

Please give Paloma and huge APAWS!!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Real Rescue Cats Are Talking

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Hey guys!! Remember when I was doing my interviews with “Real Rescue Cats and Dogs” in like 2013??

Well I have a new one for you that I just know you are gonna luvluvluv!

Meet “Sweet Baby Girl”!

Sadly this is the only photo I have right now. I purromised to share her rescue story with you last week and here it is.

“Sweet Baby Girl” aka “Baby Girl” wandered into one of Miss Kandi’s feeding areas about six to eight months ago. Miss Kandi is one of several volunteers who work with Mom L and Dad P on our Project Delta View Cats  (PDVC) program.

Baby Girl showed up one night under the bushes where Miss Kandi feeds about eights cats. She was immediately friendly and gave head bumps and purred.

Miss Kandi tried once to pick up Baby Girl and put her in top loading carrier, but Baby Girl freaked out and really scratched Miss Kandi to the point of bruising etc. So we waited until Baby Girl calmed down over several weeks.

Then Miss Kandi saw that she was getting far too fat around her baby making area on her body. Now the clock to trap/catch her starter to really tick loudly! Was she eating too much? Or was she pregnant?? And then Miss Kandi noticed that Baby Girl was seriously favoring her right front let.

Miss Kandi feeds mostly in the early to mid evening because of her job.

She watches over her kitties and always knows when one is missing or injured. We have helped her get four of her community cats adopted since 2017 and have made sure any new kitty is always spayed/neutered.

About Baby Girl—long story short—Miss Kandi was able to pick her up, purring, and place her in a top loading carrier. Miss Kandi brought Baby Girl to my castle where she would receive medical care for the apparent injury to her right front leg. Not only pregnant, but now injured.

We got our wonderful caring Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS)who partner with PDVC to accept Baby Girl due to her injury. We already had an appointment at our other partner’s clinic, Community Concern For Cats .  (CC4C)

So we hoped that CCAS would tell us if Baby Girl had a broken leg, and could they treat her. We knew that they were not doing any spay/neuter surgeries given the current COVID 19 restrictions.

Bottom line!!

Baby Girl did indeed have a broken humorous. Likely from being hit by a car from one of the many stoopid humans who do those “dough nut” things on the street right where Miss Kandi feeds.

And yes, Baby Girl was VERY pregnant. How many kittens do you see??

And here is her broken front leg.

CCAS Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mills, came to the lobby to talk with Mom L and Dad P about what some of her options might be. We knew amputation was possible and that she would be spayed and her unborn kittens euthanized. BUT that is not what Dr. Mills wanted to do. She said Baby Girl was just darling, purring, giving head bumps and she thought she could find a positive outcome for Baby Girl if we would give her a day. Of course we agreed!!

Now the bottom, bottom line—Baby Girl was transferred to The Orphan Kitten Project run by Vet Med students at the University of California, Davis Vet Med School. They are only about and hour drive from where we are. Baby Girl’s foster is the student who runs the project and Baby Girl would have her kittens, the students will socialize them and get them adopted. Baby Girl’s broken leg will be cared for and allowed to heal on its own as she will be confined caring for her kittens. She will eventually be spayed and they will find her the bestest home ever!!

A HAPPY TAILS ENDING FOR BABY GIRL!!!

I am late posting today because I was waiting for this marvelous video of Baby Girl having just delivered three of her four kittens LAST NIGHT!!!  TURN UP YOUR SOUND TO HEAR BABY GIRL PURRING AWAY!!

In these harsh times, fraught with fear and worry about COVID 19 and all the death it has brought to humans, Baby Girl’s story shows that there is also new life. My Paw It Forward work continues even now through our Project Delta View Cats all volunteer little group. Because we partner and collaborate with our city, county animal services and Community Concern For Cats, we were able to bring a village to help Baby Girl.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

 

 

What happens in kitten season

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

So just WHAT does happen in a geographical location in the USA when “kitten season” gets going in full bloom so to speak?? My castle is in Northern California and our typical kitten season, when gobs of kittens are born by abandoned community cats, starts about late March or early April. It varies based on what your climate is.

Where is our Mom!

That said, I wanna talk about what happened this last 2019 kitten season and how my Paw It Forward effort, thanks to Mom L and Dad P and others, helped some kittens have a long awaited Happy Tails ending.

Our Project Delta View Cats (PDVC) efforts are very specific to our own city’s zip code and we only do “targeted” TNR (trap, neuter, return). We go door to door to find feeders who we can help by getting all their colony spayed, neutered and vaccinated. And, if they are friendly, we have a few adoption paths to help. That’s what this post is all about.

One of PDVC’s partners is our county animal services. Last year, 2019, they were chock full of kittens, moms with kittens in the shelter and the same but in foster families.

Along came PDVC with a Mom cats and between the two of them, 7 kittens. The shelter was impacted and asked that the feeders “foster and socialize in place”. And that had to be until at least another six to seven months!!!

But our partner, Contra Costa Animal Services, said once our “kitten season” was over, that we could allow our foster to bring those now almost adult kitties, into their adoption process.

And our “foster in place”, Miss Jessica, called PDVC this November searching for an adoption path for her remaining six now juvenile kitties.

This is a Happy Tails Ending!! All six were taken into the adoption path at our partner, CCAS. And everyone one was soon “pulled” by one of the CCAS Transfer Partners aka other rescues in our general location.  All six kitties have been adopted!! Here is their story told in their photos. I hope you will hang around and watch this short slideshow.

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All six have now been adopted. They were very well socialized by their “foster in place” cat Mom but their challenge was getting to be able to be with different people. And that is a HUGE challenge for all cat foster families. The kitties must get socialized BEYOND the foster family to increase their ability for adoption.

Let me know in comments what you think about our “Foster in Place” kittens “Happy Tails” ending.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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