Friday, November 19, 2010

Thank Heaven It Wasn't An Emergency

We finally got to the cat shelter, thank you traffic, and it was a mess.

My phone was dying even though I recharged it the night before, so I used the shelter phone to try to call one of the people whom I am supposed to call when something goes wrong.

Yes, they are volunteers. Yes, they have jobs and lives. Yes, at least one of the 5 people I can call should answer the phone, not let it go to voice mail. Really, what if I walked in and a cat was bleeding, or having a seizure, or some other big emergency? I would know to take one of those vet authorization forms and go to the emergency vet about two miles up the road. Would all of the other caretakers?

Miss W. did finally call me back, and I reminded her to order vaccines and KMR and microchips, as well as getting my questions and problems sorted out. We were almost done for the evening, though, by the time she did call. There has to be a better system, including preventing some of the problems I ran into tonight.

Curley Sue, Piper, and Felix have been adopted! I sure hope it "sticks" for Piper this time. Poor guy. Felix will be picked up Saturday.

Clint was hiding in the big room in his usual spot, and it was Zoey, "the porcupine" as Little Girl calls her, who was hiding in an unusual spot. It took me several minutes to find her. Nacho is healing, but I think he will have a scar and furless patch on his throat where he scratched himself raw so many times.

Grady didn't try to escape! He apparently loves his new rug, and every time I opened the door, or tried to leave, he went and draped himself all over his rug. It was Prissy who guarded the door, although she didn't try to escape. Ginny is still hissing at Prissy, and I think one of them might make a break for it someday, though.

Frieda, the office cat, has become very friendly, as long as you don't touch her back or tail. Scratch her ears a good bit, and she is putty in your hands.

The kitchen/storage area is still the home of Ms. Baby and T-Boy, and Gidget has been added to that. Ms. Baby let Little Girl touch her, just a little bit. T-Boy didn't want his eye meds, but I don't scare easy, and he is a wimp.

Mamie still sounds like she has asthma, not an upper respiratory. She isn't on meds, and she is happy with Maisie, and there is no quarantine sign on the door.

Bowie, poor boy, is the one who is in quarantine, but not for illness. He was in the adoption center cages for the week, but he was banished for 10 days for biting a store employee! Sweet Bowie must have been very provoked to do that, I wish I knew what had happened. He is back in with JuJu, who still won't let anyone near her, and Tiger and Buddy.

Suki, Sebastian, and Felix are in the cages in the back. Felix will be picked up, as stated before. Sebastian seems to have watery eyes, and is being watched. Suki is just out of spay surgery, and is one of the most loving Siamese cats I have ever seen. Never met a stranger, would probably let you pet the fur clean off of her little hide.

Everyone in the other colony rooms seems to be doing well. I put my own eyes on every cat, even though the kids clean some of the rooms, to make sure I can say that no one was looking sick and it wasn't noted. So rounding out the 36(!) occupants of the shelter we have Angel, Dustie, Roxanne, Sophia, Rosie, Iggy, Francie, Dora, Heathcliff, Squirt, Peeper, Katy, Tiffany, Muffin, Sashe, Daisy, and Lulu. Goodness! Try saying that 3 times fast.

If you are a praying person, pray for lots of adoptions for us and shelters across the country this holiday season. We are running out of space!

Today is:

Alligator Wrestling Day (will a cat that doesn't want its meds count?)

Children in Need Day -- UK and Ireland (telethon begins)

Discovery of Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico

Equal Opportunity Day

Flag Day -- Brazil

Garifuna Day/ Carib Settlement Day -- Belize

Have a Bad Day Day (for the hidden, or not so hidden, grouch in all of us)

International Men's Day -- Australia; Canada; Ghana; Hungary; India; Ireland; Jamaica; Malta; Singapore; South Africa; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; United States

Liberation Day -- Mali

National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day

Pencil Day

Please Maintain Your Focus Today Day

St. Mechchild's Day

St. Nerses' Day

Thanksgiving, Marshall Islands

Thrift Day a/k/a Use Less Stuff Day

World Toilet Day

Birthdays Today:

McCaughey Sextuplets, 1997
Kerri Strug, 1977
Jodie Foster, 1962
Meg Ryan, 1961
Calvin Klein, 1942
Ted Turner, 1938
Dick Cavett, 1936
Larry King, 1933
Indira Gandhi, 1917
Tommy Dorsey, 1905
James Garfield, 1831

Today in History:

The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land, begins, 1095
Rabbi Isaiah b Abraham aha-Levi Horowitz arrives in Israel, 1621
The Jakobinen club forms in Paris, 1794
The Jay Treaty, the first US extradition treaty, is signed with Great Britain, 1794
Lewis and Clark reach the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first European Americans to cross the continent, 1805
Warsaw University is established, 1816
The St. Petersburg flood, caused by storms, kills 10,000, 1824
The second Canadian railway line, the Montreal and Lachine Railway, is opened, 1847
Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg Address, 1863
Boss Tweed is convicted, sentenced to 12 years, 1874
Carrie Nation attempts to address the US Senate, 1903
NY receives the first Marconi wireless transmission from Italy, 1911
Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures (anybody want to guess what this eventually became?), 1916
The first issue of Time Magazine is published, with Emperor Hirohito on the cover, 1928
Télé Monte Carlo, Europe's oldest private television channel, is launched by Prince Rainier III, 1954
Ford cancels the Edsel, 1959
Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean land at Oceanus Procellarum (the "Ocean of Storms") and become the third and fourth humans to walk on the Moon, 1960
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel, when he meets Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and speaks before the Knesset in Jerusalem, seeking a permanent peace settlement, 1977
Lt. Gen. Maurice Baril of Canada arrives in Africa to lead a multi-national policing force in Zaire, 1996
Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of the Artist Without Beard sells at auction for $71.5 million USD, 1998
The People's Republic of China launches its first Shenzhou spacecraft, 1999


  1. Wow.. that's a huge load of purring fur. I hope they find loving homes soon. Do you folks advertise?

  2. Working with volunteers can be a challenge. I have noticed, as a volunteer in several different (and differing) groups, there is a few that can be depended on, the rest...? My husband said that is why people who may not be the best at the job get put in higher positions. Not because they are good, but because they are reliable. I note, he was talking about ME at the time... Ahem. I will try and not take it too personally. :)

    I wish I could adopt a few. I think the postage wouldn't stick on their fuzzy little rears, however. I will have to stick with adopting 'dumpers' that people throw out around our place. (May the dumpees get rectal rot...) Anyway, thinking good thoughts and prayers for kitty forever homes. And special 'sticky prayers' for Piper...

    As for the rest, I celebrated Have A Bad Day Day yesterday. Hope to avoid a repeat. Whooo. Now i just have to give a presentation today. Yippee. :|

  3. Hilary,yes, we do advertise. They are all up on Petfinders on the internet, and we have adoption events. It's just a matter of time. I often get impatient, though.

    Cat, thank you for taking the ones dumped near your home. What in the world possesses people to just dump animals in the country I do not know. The poor things cannot survive, and the idea that "someone" will take them in is just dodging their own responsibility. Rot sounds like a good punishment.

    Hope your presentation went well.


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