Archive for September, 2011

A Black Tail Affair 2011

I think everyone that attended had a great time, at least everyone that I heard from had good things to say. This was the first year that we held and ended the silent auction before the program even began. Some people were late and missed the silent auction because the 9/11 Ride. Its tons of motorcycles that ride down the main highway to get to this event, its in honor of those lost on 9/11.

Thank you to all the volunteers that helped before during and after the event!! Miranda you did an amazing job! Miranda is so creative, she has the greatest ideas and they just flow out, thank you for all your hard work! And all of you working to get auction items donated, you did good! And those working the event, you all looked amazing and did a great job in all the “behind the scenes chaos”, we are sure no one noticed 🙂

Let me thank the sponsors, without these businesses, we would literally not be able to have such a grand event! Belton Animal Clinic and Exotic Care Center along with Adopt A Senior Pet were our Humanitarian Sponsors. Fiorelli’s Jack Stack Catering and Pet and Home Setting were table sponsors. You all ROCK! Thank you for believing in what we do and helping us to continue!

Thanks to those that attended, after all, no matter what the event, without attendees, it’s just useless 🙂 There were approximately 160 people who attended and enjoyed their evening.

Thank you SO much to all those that donated the amazing auction items, both silent and live. All the themed baskets were so beautiful! All of you that donated the items, we just can’t thank you enough!

Tanna Guthrie was our auctioneer this year for the first time, she was FABULOUS and she brought help along to help people to bid *wink*. They were loads of fun and made for some good laughs between bidders. Bryan Busby was our MC again this year and Tanna and Bryan did great working together in the live auction. Bryan is a hoot and a huge cat lover.

Before the live auction, I did a “tiny” plea and then ran a slide show (with music) about the shelter, many of our special rescues and highlighting what we do that is “different” then the traditional shelter. While it was running, I could hear eating utensils and was worried no one was watching, but when it ended, Tanna did her “fund-a-need” plea and asked who would donate $1000 to HELP, I held my breath and then heard her say “Number XX will give $1000, who else?” and I heard her say it again 3 more times! My eyes were welling with tears (of course, they weren’t dry from the slide show yet either!) She went down the money amounts and in the end, HELP had been donated $4400 just in the fund-a-need!! A lot of the volunteers and attendees said that part really choked them up also.

Everyone had fun playing the retro games placed around the rooms and reading the posters about our rescues, oh, yeah and the retro candy table (even candy cigarettes, remember those!?) The band “Rhythm Method” began playing about 9:30 after the auction. We got a lot of good comments on them, but others thought we shouldnt have had them, so opinions were mixed 🙂

So, I know you are all wondering what the event made for the shelter, so here it is………..just over $31,000!!!! Last year, we made $23,000, so you can clearly see, this year, when it was needed the most, it made enough for 1.5 more months of expenses! That will give us more time to get our 2000 shelter buddies we need to keep our doors open!

Hope you enjoy the pictures posted on FB and again, thank you SO much for everything you do to help the orphaned animals in our care……….you are making a difference to so many animals that would never have had a chance otherwise……..we are so appreciative of all you do to help us care for them!!

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Two special girls “gone too soon”

No one ever thinks they have had enough time with their loved ones, so “gone too soon” is really because I heard Michael Jackson’s song “Gone Too Soon” shortly after losing both these girls only a day apart.

Phoenix was her “given” name by our vet. When she was brought into their clinic, Dr Freeman called to see if we would take her, she was only about 4 months old and had been hit by a car. Dr. Freeman kept saying “I don’t know if she is even going to make it but we are trying”. So, when she rose from the ashes, they named her Phoenix. We already have an FIV+ cat at the shelter with the same name, so we called her FiFi. She just never got a break. While recovering at the vet clinic, she decided she was really a feral as she regained her strength. You would get a BIG smack and maybe a bite if you approached from her right side, she tolerated the left side better, we think she had brain damage from the impact, she just never really seemed right, but we loved her all the same.

On 8/31, she didn’t want her canned food and believe me when I say, THAT was huge. The little butterball lived for her canned food. On 9/1, she didn’t want it either, so off to the vet she went. Her blood work was not even compatible with life……we were devastated…apparently she had been “living” with damaged kidneys since the car had hit her. What kidney function she did have, was close to gone. They started kidney failure treatment on her with IV fluids and we hoped. Friday afternoon I visited her and I knew. She was literally frozen in the cage with a conehead on so she wouldn’t yank out her IV line. She wouldn’t eat, there was no way you could assist feed her because of her “feralness” and she was terrified and felt horrible. I told the vet that on Saturday morning we needed to re-do the blood work to see if 48 hours of fluids had changed anything. On Saturday morning, another blood workup showed NO change, it was time to let her be free from this planet where she never got a break!

Dr. Bradley Bays gave her a sedative so she would be more relaxed because I had to be with her when she left and we wanted it to be as peaceful as can be possible in this situation. When I arrived at the clinic they had an emergency, so I went to spend some time with her. I reached in the cage and touched her and she growled, so I quietly said “FiFi, it’s me, its ok” and then I saw her feet start to “paw paw”, I couldn’t believe it, she let me pet her between her eyes and she was quiet. Her passing was just as peaceful and I had NEVER been so sure about letting any of our animals go as I was with FiFi. She was 3/4 “wild cat” 🙂 and keeping her in a conehead in a vet clinic with no response to treatment after 48 hours, it was the right thing to do for her. I cradled her for the first time in my arms when she was gone and buried my face in her fur She was only a little over 1-year-old, I hope she is enjoying her kittenhood now.

Dalia was one of 3 kittens and their mama pulled from Independence AC when they all tested FeLV +. We truly hoped that after retesting they would be negative, but it wasnt to be, they were all still positive, so they went to live at our FeLV+ cottage. Mama Irene was adopted by an amazing girl who had lost her FeLV+ kitty a month or so prior. The 3 kittens now about 6 months old at the time livened up the cottage (some of the adults were not amused 🙂

In May, after many months of fighting, her brother Asher lost his fight. Shortly after that, we noticed that Dalia was losing weight (we weigh all our kitties each month to watch and make sure we are not missing something). Dalia was very bossy with the other cats and loved her canned food, she always ran to each bowl to make sure no one had anything better than her before devouring hers. Then she started hiding and we knew this was not her. At her vet visit we found out she was extremely anemic and needed a transfusion immediately. Well, it took 2 to be able to get her back to her fighting spirit.

We would check on her red blood cell count periodically to make sure she was still making red blood cells. She got back to her normal crazy self but when saw her red blood cells declining again. We made the decision we wouldn’t keep putting her through this, we had to try to see if we could give her the chance to be able to stop her body from destroying the red blood cells but it wasnt to be. Up until her last week, she was still eating like crazy, bossing everyone around and still going, but on 9/3, she stopped wanting to eat and started hiding again. On Sunday, foster mom knew it was time for Dalia to join her brother at The Bridge. Foster mom said she slipped away very peacefully and was no longer fighting her fight.

Both these girls only lived to be a bit over a year old “Gone Too Soon”, but we were blessed to be able to give them the best we could during that time. Thank you so much for helping us to give these special orphans the best we can, we cant do it without you……….Dalia, we miss your bossiness and love, FiFi, we miss your rattlesnake tail when you had had enough and we know you know we loved you……….Godspeed Dalia and FiFi

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Wobble goes home!

I KNOW(!) I said after he was returned from 2 “adoptions” he was not going to be adopted out again because it was just too hard on him thnking he had a home and then get dumped back into the shelter and now I am writing he has a home. Ok, so I must explain.

For those that dont know, Wobble has cerebellar hypoplasia which is similar to cerebral palsy in people. Here is a video of Wobble to see him in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL2Z2Mi_j1M Wobble was returned from 2 adoptions for his failure to not always make it to the litter box for urine duty 🙂 Now this was explained a bazillion times to the adopters and he was still dumped back into the shelter for this reason. So, the decision that the shelter was his home!

Linda told her friend Linda Mawby about Wobble and then came into the shelter saying that Linda Mawby wanted to meet Wobble. Of course, I was just shaking my head “no” 🙂 But I told Linda to go ahead and send in her friend but I just knew in my heart that I wasnt going to allow her to adopt him, it was just too hard on him!

So, Linda Mawby comes to the shelter prepared! She has a binder in hand with stories and accounts of her two trips to Best Friends Animals Society in Utah to adopt TWO other CH cats!! She has photos of how her house is set up so that the “not always make it to the box” is covered!  Ok, so who could say no after that!? Wobble wasnt even on his best behavior and she still wanted to adopt him!

We receive emails from Linda and Wobble is doing great and fitting right in. This time I am NOT worried about Wobble being dumped back in the shelter. Linda is an amazing person and she walks the walk! Linda, thank you for giving Wobble the family he deserved and thank you for being such a special person that not even just one OR two CH cats was enough for you to care for, you wanted three!!! Bless you! Love you and miss you Wobble!

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