Sunday, June 22, 2008

Five Little Cheddars and How They Grew

First, here is Dancer recuperating at the shelter after his surgery. Right now he is mostly interested in food (he is quite thin) and sleep. He did have another seizure but in two weeks he will have his ammonina levels tested and hopefully can then be well on medication. He is in good form, just taking time to recover. He has been through a lot.

And here is the Cheddar Family. Most of the Momcats who arrive at the shelter are sadly,alone and unwed. This lovely lady comes complete with adoring husband who also loves his children as they all try to sleep on top of him. I have never seen this in the years I have been volunteering there. Wouldn't it be wonderful to bring this whole family home and watch them live together. Momcat would be happy limiting her family to five though and she will get some help with that. If you want this remarkable opportunity to have an entire family, do let us know.

Bath time with Mom.

Here is Mom. I don't know her name yet.

Dinner time, much appreciated! I don't know where this family came from but this was their first day at the shelter so they are unsure of things.

Mom and three of the kits.

Dad is a handsome fellow.

And he is not sure of their new living situation. They have their own large room but they can hear the dogs barking.

And here are some portraits of the baby Cheddars. I'll have to go back to sort them out and get their names for Petfinder.

So, who wants a Crazy Cat Lady Starter Kit? Wouldn't they be lovely to have around? And how about names? Colby, Cheddar, Muenster, Mozzarella,etc?

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Fawn's Story

I say it was that chipmunk's fault. Really. I was minding my own business, ok so I admit I was a bit too close to the Thunderpath, but I was ok, yanno, when that chipper came running by. Oh he smelled tasty,yanno? So I forgot to be cautious and leaped after him onto the Path, just a bit though, just a bit!

And the next thing I knew I was lying by the side of the road in the dirt in a terrible state. My eye, I thought, what has happened to my eye? And my mouth felt just horrible, I couldn't close it. My tongue had no feeling. I've bitten it off, I thought.

I closed my eyes and prepared myself to go to the Bridge. I saw my mother waiting for me.

And then there were hands gently picking me up and I was at the v-e-t-s. Bright lights, stainless steel table, you know the routine. And the vet said, her injuries are not life threatening, but her jaw is broken and her tongue needs to be sewn back together. ohmagod, I thought and I blacked out.

When I woke up I didn't feel too good and I didn't look too good. I had tubes in me and I was kinda woozy. The gentle hand person took me to a house where there were other cats and the cats were gentle. One let me cuddle up to her. My mother? I said. I'm not your mother, the other cat said. But she let me cuddle up.

And now I am getting better. I still have a tube in me because I have to learn I can use my tongue to feed myself. I go to this place during the day where there are lots of cats and at night I go home to the house with lots of cats. I climb up on the one that will let me and I fall asleep.

I'm going to live, they say. But I worry, will I still be beautiful with only one eye? Where will I live? Will I have a person who will love me?

Tomorrow: Dancer Update and the Cheese Family, Mom, Dad and kits.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ramona Plays a Trick

Yes, I did. I am very clever yanno. And Brother sometime chomps on me and I don't like it. So today we were over next door and he wanted to chase me, yanno? So I ran ran ran towards the gate and then I swerved in a fast circle.

And Brother kept going and he ran right into the gate post and boinked his head.

Yes, he did. And he had a big bumpy on it too. And a headache. And Herself picked him up and he went wahwahwah cuddle me. But he was ok.

And then he tried to chase me again and he ran reaaaaal slow when he got near to that post!

Note: new Caturday readers should note: Harper is her brother, he is a CAT!

Doing the hard job

I hate it that we have to surgically alter the animals in our care. But it must be done. Cats especially have amazing reproductive powers. That's a good thing where they are wild and only live a couple of years and need to keep their populations up.(I remember being told by someone that the average life span of a feral cat was 2 years). Now, with good health care and good food, our cats live into their teens and twenties. With the potential for a couple of litters every year starting when they are as young as six months, well, you'd have a housefull. And so would your neighbors. And your town.

At this time, surgery is the only option until the day there is some sort of safe non-surgical alternative. You won't find a cat taking birth control pills.

In my area we have a new group working hard to lower the number of homeless pets. I'm adding the press release we sent out about the last clinic. There is one scheduled for next month and I will be taking our neighbor's lovely orange tiger girl to it. Her name is Cricket and she is about seven months old. She was found in a parking lot.

Rozzie May Animal Alliance Holds Clinic in Berlin, NH

The Rozzie May Animal Alliance held a low cost spay neuter clinic for cats in Berlin, NH this past Friday. May 30th. Thanks to help from two foundations, Profile Motors and Gemini Sign and Design, the organization now has a citical piece of equipment: a new van tlarge enough to transport all the necessary equipment to set up a day surgery..The van is a big step forward in the long term plans of the organization. The van's first trip was to the much needed clinic in Berlin.

The day started at 6:00 AM when Roz Manwaring, RMAA Executive Director and Diana Knox, surgical assistant headed north to 225 Main Street, Berlin. From Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital, Steve Caffrey, D.V.M, and Mary Evens, veterinary technician, were en route to the same location. By 7:30 equipment was being unloaded to set up a surgery room and a recovery room.

By 8:00 AM volunteers Marie Albee and Karen Nelson were registering patients and completing paperwork. Gus Owen, videographer, arrived to record the day’s events. Sarah Mohla, another veterinary technician arrived. The surgical team was now in place and began physical check ups on waiting feline patients.
Then the recovery nurses, Margarete Stevens and Jean Basile arrived. They would see to the cats comfort after surgery, clean ears, clip nails, do flea checks and monitor everyone’s recovery progress.

Carol Bryans, RMAA President and Terri Conlon, Treasurer, arrived with a home made lunch of a fresh salad bar. Diana Knox’s wonderful desserts topped off the meal.

The 32 feline surgeries, 12 females and 20 males were completed by 2:30 and patients were collected by their families when ready to head home. The van was loaded up and arrived at home base at 7:00 PM after a very long day.

Thanks to the sponsorship of Omar and Wanda Deaderick, two cats who know the advantages of spay/neuter, 22 people were given financial assistance for their pet’s surgery. This clinic was totally booked in two days of its announcement, and there is a waiting list of animals for the next clinic.

This clinic brings the RMAA total to 151 animals surgically altered in five clinic days, including cats, dogs and rabbits. The Alliance’s goal is no more homeless pets in our area and these clinics will directly impact the number of animals entering local shelters. As the RMAA team and it’s coalition of compassionate veterinarians grows, monthly clinics will be scheduled from Berlin to Wolfeboro. If you want to join a winning team or financially support the RMAA, please visit or call 603-447-3477.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

At the Shelter












Gloria and family, newly arrived and shy, rescued from a hoarder