I honestly don’t have a clue where to start so I will just start sharing my thoughts. Two weeks ago tomorrow, I was in hell dragging sickly kittens out a house of horrors. Unable to take all of them, I had nightmares about the ones left behind and called everyone I knew sharing the story, until one person who also cared, called me back and went in and rescued all the rest! When I was putting those babies into the carriers, mentally, I saw myself slapping my hand on my forehead and saying “What do you think you are doing Mary Anne?” But I kept putting more and more into the carriers leaving with 24 kittens.
We have since lost three- adopted out two and I have been putting the story out on the Internet and emailing all the agencies and anyone I know who rescues to see if anyone could take even just one kitten if not two. No takers, until late last night. A non-local cat shelter has decided this is a cause to get behind. They will take ALL the hoarder’s kittens just not all at once. They also cannot take any sick ones as their isolation room is full to the brim. This afternoon, I took over Jingles (the Siamese) Nubbles (the calico) Winks (the long-haired grey and white male with a perfect gray circle on his chin and Guppy a long-haired mackerel tabby. The others are still in various stages of sickness.
I shared in an earlier post about the theft of the cat food from our driveway- and thank you those of you who have sent food this way. It is trickling in and is truly a blessing! So back to today- a day of blessings- I drove home and as I pulled into the driveway, I saw a cat carrier sitting on our front ramp. I almost cried because right now, there is NO room in this Inn. I walked up to the carrier and noticed there was a big red bow on the side of it and it looked brand new! Crouching down, I peered inside and saw it just crammed FULL of individual canned cat food cans! A gift card hung on the door and read “From a loyal Blog Follower. Merry Christmas Mary Anne!” I broke down and cried right there. So thank you nameless blog follower may it come back to you tenfold.
I got in the house and Mike told me three people had called. Two wanting me to take their stray cats and one wanting a feral cat! I went “Huh? Someone called me to give them a feral cat?” That’s a new one for me. Usually they ask for a house kitty or a barn cat. I called this gentleman back and will meet with him on Friday with two kitties I think might fit his life- Molly my long-hair loveable tortie and Sinatra the cat with blue eyes that came here months ago to be “boarded” with four others. My hope is the family falls in love with Sinatra. She is missing all that love she had in her previous life, and it sounds like this new family has a lot of love to give her. But Molly is just as charming and so anything is possible.
The gentleman, Carl was really nice on the phone and we had a long talk about cats and more cats and then even more cats. At the end of the conversation- this man, who by the way “found out about CATS Inc.,” thanks to a donation box at the grocery store has offered to write a letter to multiple radio stations and tell them about what we do here to see if we can get some donations coming in. He has a background in radio broadcasting. He told me what he did, but my mind is tired and I can’t remember what he said he did there. He did also tell me that radio stations can really use a cat to hang around because one mouse can do a lot of damage to transmitters- GREAT idea.
Then I got another call from a woman interested in Glory Bee! She saw her on one of the other donation jars in town. I waiting to hear back from her as to when she wants to meet up-
I need to go- it was clean and fill litterpans day today, but I haven’t been home today much.
God Bless ALL of you. I am so grateful to have this blog as my sounding board and always amazed when I find out people really read it! Thank you for your donations of monies, posts on the blog, prayers, donations of cat food and other goodies and just for loving these wonderful cats as much as we do-