Another Cat Rescue
by Elisa Black-Taylor
Their shelter photos
Today I'm here to tell you I did another cat rescue.
Good morning readers. I hadn't planned on rescuing any more cats off of the GCAC euthanasia list. Look at that face, readers. I've NEVER seen such a look of rejection and hopelessness. Meadow had the expression of a cat who had given up on life. I challenge any of the readers at pictures-of-cats.org to tell me you wouldn't have done the same thing.
I'd been watching her case for about a week and no one was stepping up to rescue her. So I did the only thing my softhearted mind is programmed to do-I contacted Andrea about rescuing Meadow.
I worded my request a little differently for this rescue. I asked Andrea to contact me only if Meadow was about to be euthanized. The following morning I had an email in my box stating she was confirmed to me and I could pick her up on Wednesday.
This just keeps getting better and better. On Tuesday I saw the shelter photo of Miss Kitty. Here was another cat turned in by her owner because the owner was allergic to cats.
Um....shouldn't you know that before you take home a cat? So I sent Andrea an email that I'd also take Miss Kitty if a rescue hadn't already spoken up for her.
I'd like to add I have a very slight allergy to cats. I have to blow my nose more often than I used to. It's really funny to listen to me as I sound similar to a hissing cat. My daughter pointed that fact out to me last night. She thought two cats were fighting in the bathroom when it was only me blowing my nose. I'd been curious as to the strange looks my feline family has been giving me the past few weeks.
My daughter and I had a long day on Wednesday. First we had to drop Mandy and Cassie off at the Humane Society of Greenwood for their spaying. Then we headed straight to GCAC in Greenville, which is about an hour and a half away.
I think we came at a bad time. Andrea was getting ready for an interview and asked another GCAC cat lady, Taryn, to finish up with our paperwork.
So Andrea disappeared and a few minutes later Taryn came through the door holding the biggest, fluffiest bunch of fur I've ever seen. Miss Kitty is HUGE. She must have a lot of Maine Coon in her.
It was so funny because Taryn literally threw Miss Kitty in my lap and went over to finish the paperwork. Miss Kitty must have sensed the commotion and wanted no part of me at the time. So Laura took her.
Next we had to find a carrier. Andrea allowed me to borrow one for Meadow as both of mine were used to take Mandy and Cassie to the clinic.
We made an effort to get Meadow and Miss Kitty to be carrier partners, but that idea didn't go over too well with either car. So Miss Kitty was placed in a box carrier for the ride home.
We were fortunate on this rescue in that both females had been altered. Meadow was even shaved down a little before the vet found the scar and tattoo showing she was spayed. I'm so glad she didn't have to go through that. I'd already read Miss Kitty was spayed.
I panicked for a moment when I first realized Meadow hadn't been spayed. I was afraid I'd rescued the wrong cat. It was a relief to hear back from Andrea telling me I had the correct cat.
I have to say this was one of the easiest introductions of new arrivals into my cat family. Laura made a bed for Miss Kitty in the tub. Miss Kitty said "thank you kindly, but I'd prefer being under the bed."
I took the above photo of Lucky saying hello to her shortly before she went into hiding.
In one day we dropped two off to be spayed, rescued two, and picked up the girls late Wednesday afternoon. So we were dealing with two drunk kittens and two new adult arrivals.
Someone should make a comedy show about us.
It was quite a surprise when both cats took up residence in the living room before nightfall. Meadow tried out a few napping spots around the room before deciding on an out of the way table in the kitchen, complete with a soft blanket and plenty of stretching room.
Miss Kitty decided to stretch out on the kitchen bar, then on top of the fridge, then on the living room bookcase.
I still haven't been granted petting rights for Miss Kitty. She prefers to be talked to but not touched. Meadow seems to be coming around a little faster.
By the way, Laura sniffed Meadow and confirmed she was an indoor cat. Here's a link to my cat sniffing story. We already knew Miss Kitty had been indoors. Another liar who claimed a cat was a "stray" just to get rid of it.
Both of our rescues were well fed and healthy in their prior residence. Which is surprising since Meadow had been in a cage for almost two weeks. I'm amazed she didn't have a URI.
Meadow allowed me to pet her head and talk softly to her. Sometimes she seems to enjoy the attention and sometimes she hisses at me. I told her to stop the hissing because I was a cat lady and her scary noises didn't scare me. Here's a short movie I made of her. I hate that it's not longer, but the batteries in my camera were about to go dead and I didn't want to chance losing the footage (movie to follow...).
Meadow has telepathically informed me she would like to be called Samantha. I believe this a good name choice as she looks remarkably like our little Sammy. So Samantha will be easy to remember.
I'm also putting my plans into motion to adopt out some of the rescues. It's the only way I'll be able to keep bringing in more cats. Click on this link to go to the page of the cats I have up for adoption. All I have to do to qualify to advertise with Petfinder.com is to get a letter of recommendation from my vet. Hopefully I'll be able to do that within the next week.
I hope everyone enjoys the pictures of the new babies. Keep in mind these were made after only one day in my home.
It's nice to report on good news whenever I get the chance.