Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

HumaneOhio Transport Day is today! We checked in 31 cats! This came from 11 males and 20 females. Because of the very cold morning (we do check ins at 5:30 to 6:00 am) we changed plans and did this inside Paw-Mart. It actually worked out very well. Jones and Sea Turtle weren't so sure though as they had to share space in the office area!  

Our numbers have now grown to be 72 spays/neuters so far for 2017.  That breaks down to 40 females and 32 males. As time goes by, we want those numbers to climb and climb!  This evening we will not be able to have BOXES because check outs for these 31 cats will be about 5:30 to 6:15--it all depends on when the Spay/Neuter truck returns.  

The Washer and Dryer are still being fine-tuned.  The guys returned today. We've been using the washer and absolutely love it. There is a little problem with the dryer though but hopefully that will be fixed soon. Have no worries about this---the company will get it right--guaranteed!

We have some thanks to give!
Tracy L--donation to FFRC
Hallie G--donation to FFRC
David D--donation to FFRC
Judy & Phil--3 boxes of doggie snackers
Gusti--donation to FFRC, in memory of Sizzle for Feliz Navidad Fund
Mary, Fri vol--Meow Mix cups, Trader Joe's Popcorn, FF snackers, 2 cases appetizers
Richard C--shoe covers, big box of disposable gloves & 4 laser lights
Jason & Annette--1 case Friskies, 3 snacker packets, cat toys

We had 2 adoptions on Saturday.
Jules was adopted to a wonderful family. I've already heard back. Her new name is Pompeii. She and her new friend Mulan are becoming friends and was both on the bed with the smaller dog. She is playful and comes when called. She loves to cuddle up on her mama's neck and enjoys belly rubs. She is in her forever home!

Pippi was also adopted but unfortunately was returned the next day. The resident cat absolutely did not want to share the house with Pippi.  I know that sometimes these things take time, but in this case, time wasn't going to help. So, Pippi is back. But, we learned that Pippi can handle a new home--she did beautifully there and so will again some time!

I do have some sad news about the 2 new kittens that arrived on Friday. Unfortunately, they both have passed away, hours from eah other. I have talked to Dr. Darcy and given what they went thru before coming here, they had very very poor health. I felt very sad about this, but there was nothing we could do.......except give them the love they received while here.

Our other new cat, the calico that was found on my mom's furnace is doing great. She has a is Mabelline. She is a beauty. We brought her up this morning and she spent a few hours in Dodger's Pen just checking things out. Early afternoon we let her out and she seems quite happy.  A little growly yet but the potential is most definitely there for being a wonderful sweet girl! She's here in the office right now with me all curled up comfortably taking a nap.

I've been working on some new stories.  Here is Coralie's:
A human mama would probably say to her child:  Have your earmuffs?  Check.  Have both your mittens?  Check.  What about your scarf?  Check.  How about your boots?  Check.  We want anyone outside to be warm and safe. 

Not so the case with animals at times. It was January 8, 2014--oh my, it was so bitter cold. We had one winter storm after another. Coraliewas outside. She found her way to a lady's back porch. That's all the further she could go. This lady found her laying on her side, stiff, covered in ice and snow. At first she thought the cat had passed away, then a breath was taken. She whisked her inside and wrapped her in towels that were warmed in the dryer. Coralie was 1 1/2 years old. We gave her the birthday of 6/12/12. 

The next day, Coralie was brought to Friends of Felines Rescue Center in Defiance, OH. Many parts of her were frostbitten. Her ears, her tail, many toes on all four feet, her rear ankles and her chin. Such a sad thing to see, but Coralie was purring. We began the journey to help her. 

After much discussion with our vet, her treatments were started. All of her frostbit areas were slathered in special creams to enhance healing. Pain meds were given. She endured all of this like a sweet cat. She was a good patient even for her daily soaks to her back legs and front feet. We tried so hard to save all these areas. And she fought the battle with us--such a wonderful cat.

Her first surgery was to remove her ear flaps that had turned black and many of her toes had to be removed. But we were so happy that some of the front toes could be saved. Her tail too turned black and could not be saved. She was left with a tail stub though!

Then we continued treatments on those rear legs, desperately trying to save them. But it was not to be. They simply wouldn't heal. They were causing great pain and a fix was not possible.  Her first rear leg was removed, shortly after that her second rear leg was removed.  Now we had a cat with a short-tail, short ears, toes missing and no rear legs. What were we to do? As always, we let the cats decide. 

And Coralie decided to live! She's a spunky girl. She decided she loves life and was going to go on living! She is a survivor and is very happy. 
She is a permanent resident of FFRC--as she has a few potty issues that would not make for a good adoption. But, no matter, she is rather like the queen of FFRC. We feel her ears are cute, her chin healed just fine, her stubby tails waves and wiggles like any other cat tail! And she can go wherever she wants, whenever she wants to! Coralie has complete freedom in the entire Rescue Center. She tends to think of herself as the cat who needs to teach those whippersnapper kittens some manners!  

Watching her play with catnip toys always brings a smile to the volunteers. Every morning after breakfast she loves to go into the towel cabinet for a nap. She has it all figured out---go to the cabinet, stare at it and then stare at the volunteer that is helping. We always get the message! She simply needs a bottom boost and in she goes! To get out, she just pushes the door open. 

Coralie has also mastered the "blink blink" trick! Those gorgeous huge eyes of hers.......she knows all she has to do is the blink and we crumble--extra pets and another treat!

She has been pure joy to us. Coralie has taught us that a handicap doesn't have to be viewed as a problem. She carries on in life with a glad heart and with a purpose---to love, to keep those kittens in line and to accept love from all of us. If Coralie could pass on a bit of advise, it would be to protect those outside pets--be sure they have a warm place to be safe in and good food and clean water. 

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