Archive for March, 2011

March 30 Part II – the happy stuff

Tuesday was a GREAT day for adoptions! One of THE best days we have had in a very long time! Can you say KARMA? When we lose battles to save animals (Princess), it makes it really hard to “believe” you are doing “good”. That saying that someone can tell you 99 things good about you and 1 bad, you will focus on the bad. Well, that is sort of how it goes when we lose a battle to save a life.

I believe that everything happens for a reason, we may not be able to “know” what that reason is, but….we just have to “understand”. So, as we are all grieving Princess’ loss, we did FOUR adoptions in ONE day! Good people adopting amazing animals!

First and second up is a couple that both picked out “their” cat. Elena was brought to us as a kitten in 2005, she was adopted but was brought back a week later with the adopters saying “she’s mean, she slaps my dog”…..ummm, ok, that is what cats do 🙂 No one gave her one look since then. Elena is a man’s cat, she LOVES men! So, that was the husbands choice. Next up, wife chooses “Squirt”, who absolutely ISNT a Squirt anymore, he was born in 2006 and has now been “chosen”. Squirt is a very MANLY cat, so we thought thier choices were purrfect!

Squirt (top) Elena (bottom)

Third up is Opal, she is a black big dog, do you KNOW how hard it is to place big black dogs? No one gives them a second look. Opal is a Lab/Setter/Border Collie, yeah, and probably more. She is AMAZING with children and just a super happy girl. She did know alot of “commands” so someone loved her once before she ended up in a high kill shelter in KCKS. We are part of “Ray of Hope”, they pull all the dogs from the high kill shetler in KCKS and get them into rescues and no kill shelters.

And the fourth one for the day was Brooklyn. Brooklyn and Merlin were given up by their family as seniors and dumped in the same “shelter” where we pulled Princess. Pleas went out for someone to save their lives and we had to do it. These two are the sweetest little souls, we thought they were unseparateable, but after a couple months intermingling with the other cats, they really didnt hang together anymore. A great couple come in looking for a mature cat because they wanted another and their resident cat was already mature. Good move!!! So, she went home! BTW, Merlin is still available!

We will miss you all, but wow, we are so happy you found your families! We are hoping you all have great “rest of your lives”

On Friday, I know I am jumping around, but you will get the flow when I explain :-), we pulled Josie from the House of Horrors shelter also. She was supposed to have transport to another rescue group, so we were just supposed to be holding her until that was ready. About 5 minutes into watching her in a cage, I know something is wrong, she is just hanging her head over a water bowl. I thought maybe she wasnt able to get enough water where she was and might be dehydrated but just in case, I asked for bloodwork to be done on her. The poor thing is hyperthyroid! That is just miserable from what I hear from people that have had it! We began giving her meds to control it, she is tolerating them well. She is also sick w/URI, but not as ill as Princess was. The rescue that was going to take her backed out because of her condition so she will be staying with us and get the I-131 treatment as soon as we can raise the funds for that

On Saturday, we pull Dash (now Hemingway, he is a polydactyl), another senior, we hear he was not doing well either and we wanted to try and save him. He is pretty miserable w/the URI also, but will surive, super sweet senior w/ big ole paws 🙂

On Monday, after the loss of Princess, we hear that there are still 2 seniors left, no one has pulled them. Then we hear that Josie/Dash/Codie were all given up by the same family!! We already had Josie and Dash, obviously, we couldnt leave Codie to die, so Monday afternoon, we pulled him too! We plan on trying to reunite them, of course, as anyone knows with multiple cats, some dont really care for each other…..LOL, so we will find out if its a good thing to reunite them or not after they are all well. After all, they lost their 2 legged family in their senior years, maybe they need each other now! We will update you as this progresses.  Wouldnt it be great if they are happy with the reunion and some awesome family adopts them all together???!! 

I want to close this post out with a big thank you to everyone that cared enough to offer support, not just financially but the posts that let us know that there ARE wonderful caring animal people out there. I cried so many times since last Friday, I cant even count. Swollen eyes and face was the “make up” for the day 😦 But it really helped knowing how many people cared about these babies after seeing the complete neglect and cruelty, the reminder that so many people DID care was heartwarming (caused more tears 🙂 I am sending out a receipt to those that contributed financially, be sure and take that off your taxes, IRS doesnt need it 🙂 Thanks again to EVERYONE for giving us strength!

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March 30, 2011 – Princess

I ended the last post with the beginning of what turned out to be quite a horrible experience with HELP Humane. As I said, we found out about several seniors that were given up by their “families” and needed out of that “shelter”. Anyway, I met someone at Halfway Home Adoptions (horrible horrible place). I cannot go into one of these places, it gives me nightmares. So a wonderful person names Sharon met me there, bless her heart, she was racing the clock, had to pick up her grandson at a specific time but she made sure she got Princess released from hell. She also brought out Josie. We were able to pull 2 of the seniors that day. I was mortified when I saw Princess. Sharon said “I think she is dying” and I said “not on my watch, I am heading for our vet directly”

When I arrived at the vet, no one could believe the condition of this precious soul Princess, she couldnt lift her head. She purred the entire time. Green gunk coming from her eyes and nose, I dont know how she was breathing. Her temp was only 98 degrees, she was dying. They drew blood and got IV fluids going, I knew it was bad but she was still fighting so we were too. Got her settled on a heating pad and she just laid there, immobile, horribly sick and broken hearted. HOW can a “family” dump their cat of 12 years in a high kill shelter??? That was just the FIRST wrong that was done to this baby girl!

During that evening, Princess actually got to her litterbox to urinate, no one saw her, they just found the urine. This poor baby couldnt hold her head up but she still managed to get to her box and urinate!  We hoped and prayed along with tons of our friends on FB, volunteers and staff, through the weekend. We were hopeful because she had made it past that first night.

On Monday morning the staff came into Belton Animal Clinic and found her fairly unresponsive. She began to violently vomit some horrible coffee grounds like substance. They were holding her and comforting her and she slipped away. She had no more fight in her. I cannot tell you what this loss did to so many people. First off, how does her “family” do this to her and second, how does an “animal shelter” let this happen? NO ONE CARED! She was 3/4 dead before their on-staff vet even saw her!! This cruelty and neglect should NEVER happen, let alone in a “shelter”

The anger and grief everyone felt at this preventable suffering and death was palpable, no one could concentrate etc. On Monday night I wrote a “pleading” email to the staff at this shelter begging them to stop this cruelty and neglect. Very nicely, I begged them to test, vaccinate and speuter the cats and then SLOWLY integrate them. I told them that is was irresponsible to throw cats (not tested, not vaccinated, intact) into “pens” together. I told them that most “owned” cats dumped in a shelter have broken hearts and lose the will to live, that it was our responsibilty as shelters to help them get thier will to live back. The emails that were returned to me were beyond ugly. They went on and on about how they cant “afford” to do this like HELP can because HELP gets grants and tons of donations. Not even sure WHERE they got that!! Anyway, just horrible ugliness was returned and basically they said they are “too busy” with stuff to do the “right thing”. This is a travesty in animal sheltering! I am curious to know if tax payers in Kansas City, MO would appreciate their tax dollars being given to this group of obviously uncaring people?

It was obvious, these “people” werent going to change anything, in fact, they told us “let’s move on”, basically saying Princess’ life meant nothing to them. I have been in touch with a group that is hoping to get this “organization” out of there in the next month. Princess’ file from when she entered into our vet clinic last Friday has been turned over to them and will become a part of a listing of horror stories that have happened at the hands of these people. I can only hope that this happens and the suffering/neglect of these precious animals will be stopped! If you are a KCMO taxpaper, you should start asking questions! Godspeed Princess, you deserved better, so do all animals!

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March 28, 2011

I cant believe that it’s been a week since I posted anything. This past week truly is a blur, lots of stuff to catch you up on.

Wednesday we had our first “A Black Tail Affair” meeting. We are really excited about this event, mark your calendars, its 09/10/11, fun date huh? The theme is “A Night of Childhood Memories”, lots of fun stuff planned. Amazing dinner, excuse to “dress up” and spend your time and money helping out homeless animals. Amazing silent auction. Bryan Busby from Channel 9 in KC will be our MC, he’s a hoot and a big cat lover. We could use some help with planning this, would you like to help?

We pulled a kitty from Independence AC, they wouldnt let her be adopted out because they said she had “neurological issues”, she was going to be killed 😦 Anyway, she seemed fine accept sometimes she appeared to not see well. She visited the eye specialist on Tues morning and she does have some “impaired” vision as he called it. Said some of the rods/cones werent firing right in the back of her eye. Way too complicated for a “layman” to understand but basically, she didnt have some sort of disease or anything like that. He just said her vision is somewhat impaired, was most likely genetic, wouldnt get worse or better. Here is her picture, she’s a crazy thing, so cute!  She went home with a volunteer on Sunday to see if she gets along with her other cats, if she does, she has a home!  Her name is Hot Tamale, Tamale for short! Cutie, huh?

Thursday we had a booth at a local business that has a “Health and Wellness Fair”. The company believes that animals play an important part in a person’s “health and wellness”, isnt that cool?! We met lots of people and talked about HELP Humane. We may have even adopted out one of our dogs to someone we met there. They are moving and want another dog, they really liked our Titan, fingers crossed for that boy!

Through this week, we had been hearing that there were several senior cats at a local Animal Control facility that were being listed as “urgent”, that usually means they are about to kill them. Little did we know that things were going to become horribly ugly by Friday with this situation. Rescue emails were flying by Friday afternoon that one of these senior cats listed as “urgent” was very ill in the “shelter”. This facility actually doesnt “test” or “alter” their felines, they just throw them all together in a “run” without doing anything first. Why should they, they will kill alot of them, so why “vet” them. I was absolutely mortified to hear that a senior cat, after spending 12 years with her family, was dumped in this shelter, forced to live in a run w/14 other cats she didnt know. No one cared enough to see that she was basically “dying” in that run. When someone did notice and took her to see the vet that is ON STAFF, the vet said “she was about 3/4 dead when they brought her to me to see”. Can you believe that???

I am going to end this here because its taken over 24 hours to get this far. Will write more tomorrow, as you can see there are alot of things going on right now.

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March 21, 2011

Wow, things have really been hopping at the shelter! On Saturday, we got the FIV+ cats and another room (smaller number of cats) exchanged. Everyone took it pretty well, except Thyme (in the FIV+ room, he’s almost feral) and Chevy (the other room and he is semi feral). But on Sunday, they were calming down some. The FIV+ cats have much more room now, I feel really good about getting them moved into a bigger area!

Our phones had been out on Friday and Saturday, couple that with the downpouring of rain on Saturday and we were not busy at all with visitors 😦 which means no one wanting to adopt.

Sunday was a crazy day, our phone line was repaired and the phone repair “woman” actually gave us her cell phone to call her directly if we had more probs, she asked all sorts of questions about our kitties. Then she brought up back fresh eggs to cook and mix in with the kitties food 🙂

Pansy got adopted! But almost didnt. She was showing at PetSmart and a family (with no other cats) wanted to adopt her but a PetSmart employee told her all sorts of bunk about alot of applications on Pansy (there wasnt one!) yadda yadda. Sounded like an employee that just didnt want to miss with any of the kitties 😦 Luckily, the adopter came to the shelter and talked to us directly. She had a copy of her lease, so we were able to verify that pets were allowed and with no other pets, didnt have to contact her vet. This is a GREAT match for Pansy, she doesnt like other cats at all! The new adopter said “oh, so she is a diva? I love it” We thought that was cute, glad we didnt miss out on a home for Pansy!

Had several other people in looking at adopting. The most AWESOME happening for the day was an elderly woman with no other cats that wants to adopt a pair. Bri talked to her about the FIV+ cats and she wants to adopt a PAIR OF FIV+!! She said after hearing about them from Bri, she feels like these cats really “need” her! She lost her 2 old cats and her husband in this past year. This is so awesome for a pair of FIV+. Everyone please think good thoughts that she will be back this week to pick them out. We are going to go get her if she doesnt come back 🙂

Also got an application on Veronika, she has grown up in the shelter, born in July 10, she is the last one of her litter and is finally getting “chosen”. Although the woman really wanted white kitties, a pair and had seen her online, but her sister just got adopted last week. So, when she comes back this week with her mother, we are going to show them Maya and Angelo. This home would be really good for M & A, a quiet home and she does want two bonded ones. Sooooo, it maybe a good thing for M & A, we will keep you updated!

Filming started for our FIV+ documentary and educational video. We are hoping this will get some better info out there about these guys and get some placed. All in all, a great day!!!

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March 19, 2011

Yesterday we had an exciting morning. The local TV station has their traffic copter do “flyovers” of schools and local businesses. We were lucky to be selected to get one, you know, free publicity. We made big banners w/all our info on it. About 20 people showed up and of course, they were late w/the copter, and the wind was crazy BUT it wasnt raining!

About 30 minutes after we were expecting him, he rolled in and circled to make sure that he was facing our banners and we all waved like crazy, hopefully it will let some people know we are here.

Adoptions really are low right now. We are trying to get good pictures and videos posted to try and encourage people to adopt one of our babies. There are so many groups right now, 16 yrs ago when we started this org, there were not many. Glad that more are being saved, just need to work harder at getting adoptions done.

HD somehow got his cast off last night and had to be taken to the emergency vet to have it replaced, little stinker!  He is lucky to have great foster parents that were willing to get him to the vet at that time of night.

We are beginning to move our FIV+ kitties to a bigger area in the shelter. We are going to do this slowly so to cause as little stress as possible. People will be forced to walk through their area, maybe this will help with getting some adopted, they deserve homes too!

Five weeks from today is Picassos for Pets. We are still accepting artwork donations for this auction. Please come out and support our homeless animals and buy some awesome artwork. Here is a link to find out more info on this event http://www.helppets.org/upcoming_events.html

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March 17, 2011 – Stop by and help us “color”

We are making banners to hold up for tomorrow’s flyover by the local TV station. If anyone likes to “color”, come up this afternoon and help us! The animals are refusing to help! 🙂

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March 17, 2011

We are back! Just a quick test to see how things are working. We will be able to share a more detailed activity log on this blog.

Channel 9 is going to do a flyover and put us on the morning news at noon on 3/18, if you are available, please come out to the shelter to help hold banners to get people to come to the shelter and adopt – volunteer or donate!

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