Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday, Feb. 23

Jonah. Our sweet boy has passed over this morning about 4:10 am.  He was much loved. As you know the last 2-3 weeks he has spent here in the Rescue Center. He sure enjoyed that. This past week he has eaten very little and it was obvious this morning that he could no longer go on as he was. He was held and left to quietly and peacefully pass over. Jonah arrived on 8/23/99 as a 6 week old kitten. He came with a severely fractured front leg. which required an amputation. Jonah was the original Covie---the very first, along with his best buddy Blossom who passed away quite a few years ago.  I'd like to thank you all for the love and care you have given him. He was an extra special boy and will be much missed. When the new building is put up for the Covies and Porchies, we will name it something with Jonah's name. He set the tone for having Covies. He was our guiding star. 

Update on Trucker. He actually went with nothing to eat for 36 hours (yes, he had water), instead of the required 24 hours. He was NOT going to eat the food that we were hoping he would. So, we had  little stand-off and compromised. We switched to Lamb, added a little warm water and that was delicious! From that time on and still now, we are giving him about 1 1/2 TBS. every couple of hours. Last night we also introduced Duck dry food--a few kibbles at a time. The result of all of this---he hasn't had any diarrhea since 4:30 am on Saturday! And last night--we had an announcement--Houston---we have a half inch turd (for lack of a better word!).  He is being very carefully watched so that he doesn't get any other food.  The goal is that once his intestinal tract is healed and over a period of time, he will be able to accept other foods. We trade him off in rooms to keep him happy and with friends to play with. He and Magic are such good friends.

Yesterday was Alma's birthday. She is now 2 years old. She arrived here a year ago from Pennsylvania. 

We have thanks to give. We are so grateful for your compassion and support.
Marilyn/madisonpepper--Spoiled Rotten box contained  a variety of snackers, grooming glove and toys!
Christopher and Stephanie C--card and donation, 6 packets of Fancy Feast Broth, lots and lots of kitty toys, kitty snackers and a  toy scratch pad
Kathy/JustMe and Hamilton, Tootsie and Niffie--2 four packs of kitty snacker containers
Andrea W--a beautiful portrait of Ada Jane, done by Portraits by Wanda. Photo done by Pat. I love it and will get it framed and then it will hang on the ceiling in the Kitty Kabana.
Tigercat/54/Great Aunt Julie--2 cases Fancy Feast kitten, big bag of Purina One
Nathan--an extra thanks as he is busy in his service to his country. Lots of snackers for the volunteers. 2 decorative tins full of assorted goodies.2 JW Cataction toys, 3 bags Greenies and Pill Pockets, Memory Foam pad
Tanya/Dutchy504--postcards & tourist guide of Edmonton Canada (very nice!), Coffee Crisp bars, Aero chocolate, potato chips with special taste for the volunteers, 100 rainbow loom bracelets and a bag of poptops for Kellen.
Jatcat--2 printer cartridges for the main printer
Carla M--card and Fiver Friday donation
LittleKat and Elaine, Alan B--card and donation
Rebecca R/Jackersgirl and her furbabies--birthday card for Alma and the birthday $5
Joyce C from MO--FIver Friday donation
Mary L from OH--card and donation
Clark and Jessie and rest of family!--birthday card for Alma and the birthday $5
Susan M/Macncheesemom from MA--donation to FFRC
Cindy Y from IN--Fiver Friday donation
Mike & Gwen R--FL and kitties Patches and Angel--coupons and Fiver Friday doantion
Tom & Linda C from IL--donation to FFRC
TerriW/twkitty from CA_-Fiver Friday donation, Scrip and Pawmart order too!
Paula A from OK--Valentine card and birthday card for Ada Jane
Jan M/floppyjan--birthday card for Ada Jane and the birthday $5
Deb/MyKatKat--valentine card
From All the Cats of FFRC--a wonderful valentine card and gift card for Jacci/Steve!!
Pam T/zoolove--a donation in honor of Alma's birthday and a donation for FFRC

In case you are wondering about the birthday $5's--we put these together and then purchase chicken, ground beef, ground turkey for all the cats. Steve cooks the beef/turkey up, drains it all and bags it to be passed out! The cats love it. 

We received another donation from Wal-Mart, in honor of Pat C's volunteer hours that she does for FFRC. She works at Wal-Mart and this is a nice thing they offer to their employees. She's been doing this for a few years. They send a donation every quarter. 

The Barnies are doing great. We still have the barn doors shut, mainly because of the very cold temperatures. Each day they are coming out more to cruise in the barn. They have big hay piles to climb and lots of space to be in. They are also using the litterpool which is very nice! Probably this week, we will open the doors during the day. They stay put when the doors are opened for the horses to go in and out! Shyla, the black cat, has taken up residence in the Feline Fieldhouse. 

We had a special box ad in the Crescent-News yesterday. This one honored Dove who was caught in a leg hold trap and brought to FFRC. She had her front left leg removed and also some of her toes on her front right foot. The lesson was that this did not have to happen. These traps are wicked and so hurtful. She is now in a wonderful home and well-loved. A month ago we did an ad on Coralie. 

The days are getting longer in daylight. This is the trigger that causes female cats to go into heat. We've had calls on 4 females yesterday that were in heat already. I was grateful they wanted the phone numbers of the low cost spay/neuter clinics. Please folks, grab an unneutered male or female and take it to your vet for their surgery. It will make a huge difference in the cat overpopulation problem. Now is the time to get started, before all those kittens are born into a world that does not have enough homes for them. Here are 2 area phone numbers:
HOPE in Fort Wayne, 260-420-7729
HUMANEOHIO in Perrysburg, 419-266-5607

Take care to everyone. Please..give your pets a special hug today. Jonah would like that. While our hearts are heavy with sadness at this loss, there is also much joy for having his life spent here at FFRC. Always, the wonderful-ness of a cat's presence in our lives outways the sadness of the loss.