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Friendly Community Cat Rescue—Joy and Worry

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Let me get to my apology for missing my Friday Memes post right at the get go of this post. Mom L totally messed up her back at some stuppy gym class and she could not even work that compute mouse with me helpin’ her! But we are back (pun!) on track this week!

Now for my sharing about my latest Paw It Forward project with Mom L and Dad P. You do remember our foster kitten, Katie, right? Dad P pulled her from an overwhelming situation the first of July when Katie refused to leave her carrier to be returned to her original caretaker. Katie lived in Mom L’s office for almost 4 months. Eventually we brought in a younger kitten named Lilly to see if she could get Katie to come out of her fear. And it worked! Katie grew confident and became the most darling, lovable kitty.

Do I have to go?

This photo was taken the morning Mom L and Dad P transported Katie and Lilly to Contra Costa Humane Society’s Kitty Corner free roaming shelter. My long time readers know this is my former shelter where Dad P found me and brought me to Mom L’s attention. The staff at Kitty Corner were open to accepting dear Katie, and Lilly and on other youngster, found dying in a friend’s back yard—Duchess. Duchess is a Lilac Point Siamese.

This is so scary!

The morning Katie was to leave, Mom L played with her and tried to make sure she knew how much she is loved and how special she is.

Ohhhh…thanks for the tummy rubs Mom L

And then whoosh!! Off Katie went to Kitty Corner. Little did she know that her former roomie, Lilly, would be joining her. Lilly was recently spayed and so returned to her first foster for her recovery care so she and Katie had not been together for about ten days.

Lilly when she lived with Katie in my castle

What a reunion Lilly had with Katie! When Mom L opened up the carriers little Lilly bounced out of her own carrier and went straight to welcome her Auntie Katie!

Auntie Katie!!! *rubs, purrs* So happy to be with you!!

Katie was afraid and timid. Mom L and Dad P were holding back tears because they are learning the joy and now comes the “worry” of rescuing friendly community cats and kittens.

Dad P reaching in to comfort scared Katie

Finally Katie was willing to peer over the top of her carrier with her buddy Lilly cheering her on.

Come on Auntie Katie, let’s play!

Eventually Lilly helped her Auntie Katie get brave enough to venture out of her carrier.

See!!! I told you Auntie would come out and play with me!

And this is the joy and worry of rescuing friendly community cats and kittens. Where do you find a path for their adoption? Who will want a youngster like Katie who is about nine months old, with a permanent limp, and needing lots of patience and understanding? The concerns for their futures are real. Humans return kittens and cats for reasons that are mind numbing—too needy, not affectionate, timid, won’t get in my lap, etc. etc.

Time, patience, love and understanding are required for anyone who ever takes a friendly community cat or kitten into their home and life. Mom L and Dad P will stay on top of what happens with Katie, and of course, Lilly and Duchess as well. After all, there are four more following in their paw steps this coming week. More about that later.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

Friday Memes to Get You Smiling

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I have two silly memes and a third that is darn special. Take a look at all three and let me hear from you in comments if you like them.

First up is Pumpkin, the adult male cat Mom L and Dad P helped his feeder, Miss Kandi, rescue from a street corner in our neighborhood. Clearly, Pumpkin hasn’t been starvin’ livin’ outside as an abandoned cat for the last fifteen months. His full story will be featured really soon right here on Savannah’s Paw Tracks!!

TKS wanted to toss in a silly dilly meme she came up with when she helped open our Secret Santa Paws package today.

My third meme is also a request to help me with my latest PAW IT FORWARD PROJECT. As you know, I have allowed welcomed into my castle a four month old little girl kitten named Andi. Mom L and Dad P fostered her up until yesterday. Then it was time for her to start bein’ more visible so’s her forever family can find her more easily. Andi is now hanging out at my former shelter, Kitty Corner.

Please feel free to take the photo above to use if you wanna SHARE Andi’s search for her forever family on your blog. I am going to put it on my side bar to keep me focused on how much she really truly needs to find her family fast. I hope you will help me help her.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

The Story: Sunday Selfie Mystery Guest

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I have always wanted to say this even though there probably aren’t any more news presses that work these days—

I am certain you all remember my blog post about the mom cat and her kitten who are our first successful cat trap effort. Well, mom cat aka Mandi and her kitten aka Boogie, have been living for a week in my our office, in those luxurious cages I shared last week.

Boogie clearly showed signs of being open to human touch and interaction.

So we are already set up for her to move to Kitty Corner once Mom L and Dad P have her more socialized. Right now they are teaching her how to play with humans. More on that next week, so stay tuned.

It broke Dad P and Mom L’s hearts, but we had to release Mandi back to her home at the lodge where she was trapped. After a week, she still had little interest in human interaction. But, there is still hope for Mandi. Her feeder, Miss Kandi, is working with her to try to get her to allow pets. At least Mandi won’t ever have more kittens to care for as she is about five years old. She needs to enjoy her life without kittens to care for.

Mandi was very much ready to go home too.

She clearly knew exactly where she was once she was released. Please watch this eleven second video. You can see that Mandi knew she was home the way she darts behind that wooden pallet, her refuge for over a year or more.


Miss Kandi continues to feed Mandi and we hope their bond will continue to grow so that we may once again offer Mandi the opportunity of being adopted into a caring home.

The same day that Mom L and Miss Kandi released mom cat Mandi, I also had Mom L taking care of another adult abandoned cat on the opposite street corner. Miss Kandi has named him Pumpkin! And that fits for sure!!!

Pumpkin is fortunate that my former cat, Vet Dr. Josie, was willing to travel to Pumpkin’s Corner and administer his rabies, FVRCP and flea treatment— right on the street corner he calls home! And that is how Dr. Josie rolls—anything for the kitties!!

Pumpkin needed those vaccinations to be able to allow Mom L to take him to our public animal shelter where he well go on temporary “Owner Surrender” status to learn if he can tolerate being in the shelter while he waits for an adopter. Mom L can spring him loose in three days if he doesn’t adjust well. Pumpkin is so friendly, loves pets, purrs, can be picked up—he just needs a chance at a new home. You see, his former “family” abandoned him on that street corner when they moved from the apartment complex. He is likely a senior cat.

So there was one more Paw It Forward Project over the weekend. Miss Kandi had a new male kitty to join her little 6 pack over where she works. His name is Sweet Pea and he was not neutered. So Mom L and Dad P got him into the new cat clinic for Community Concern 4 Cats just this morning.

I really want to hear from any readers about what you think of my latest Paw It Forward Projects. I had Dad P and Mom L working on not one, not two, not three but FOUR projects this last ten day. How do you think we are doing so far???

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

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