Archive for March, 2013

“HELP Humane – We are Run from the heart”

Every day, 365 days a year, we are bombarded with calls, walk ins and emails for help for animals. Many, many are from owners wanting to give up their own pets or an unwanted litter their own pet had, sadly enough. And still many more from people finding strays needing help. And many pleas from other shelters to take animals they are afraid will be killed, some for shear space. Of course, all the pleas hurt, they hurt because we hurt for those animals. People make threats about what they will do to the animals if we don’t take them. Sometimes they yell at us, threaten the animal or write nasty things to us in emails, and yes, that hurts also. If people would only stop and think that if we had unlimited space and financial resources, we would gladly take every single one of them. THAT is what would be easiest on us, not to say “sorry, we have no room and money is short”

Then there are the pleas that keep me from sleeping, the ones that make my eyes well with tears when they unexpectedly cross my mind again, the ones that haunt me so much that I wish I could pull the covers over my head and “check out” for a while. People tell me all the time, “you have to stop saving these true hard luck cases, our finances cannot take it”. Oh, and I say this to myself all the time also, but it usually doesn’t work. My head knows it, my heart can’t accept it. This helpless injured, sick or neglected animal cannot be rescued because there is no money?? How can this be the deciding factor as to who gets help and who doesn’t? How can we say “no, we cannot help because the funds are just not there to help” So, that puts HELP Humane in a place where we are asking for your help. We have really run up some VERY high  veterinary care bills rescuing the most neediest of needy homeless animals. If you can help in ANY way, we are in need because we helped these animals get their second chance, I would like to share some of their stories and you too could see how we couldn’t not help them, now we need your help……..

Wellington – http://wp.me/pgZWh-a6

Jacques – http://wp.me/pgZWh-aa

Professor – http://wp.me/pgZWh-af

Dion – http://wp.me/sgZWh-dion

Brielle – http://wp.me/pgZWh-aA

Shadow Gray – http://wp.me/pgZWh-aE

Astrid and baby – http://wp.me/pgZWh-aR

If any of these stories touch you and you would like to make a donation to their care, please visit www.helphumane.org and click on the make a donation link. We cannot thank you enough for helping us to care for these precious deserving animals. We know together we can continue to help those that need us the most.

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Astrid

Alone at least 2 years on the streets, having babies and more babies. We have no idea what happened to the babies. Now, there is no way this is any kind of life to lead, yet no one helped the cycle stop. People fed her and noticed she was pregnant and not and pregnant again.

This time someone asked for help for Astrid. This poor mama cat is maybe 8 years old and still having babies on the streets. This is definitely her last litter and she is now safe inside with her only surviving baby. One was stillborn, another passed away at only about 48 hours old. How horrible for this mama cat to be continuing to go through this.

After getting her to safety, she and her surviving baby were checked out by our vet. Astrid turns out to be FIV+, which could explain why only one baby survived. We will be retesting soon. This also means that there is a slight possibility that this little one will also be FIV+, not likely but a possibility 😦

During her vet exam, it was also discovered that she has a horribly decaying mouth that will need extensive work when she is done nursing the little one. An 8 year old cat with FIV and totally black has only a sight chance for adoption, but she still deserves to live and give it her best shot at adoption. She definitely deserved better than giving birth on the streets continuously with the babies likely not surviving. At the very least, this little lady will be able to get her horrible mouth fixed and relax for the rest of her life. At the very best, she will be snuggling in a circle of family love someday. Please help us care for sweet Astrid and her surviving baby.Astrid and baby

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Shadow Gray

None of us can imagine this happening to us. Poor Shadow Gray’s person passed away and no one in his person’s family wanted him, so he found himself in a high intake shelter, not knowing anyone and he was already ill. What he did have going for him was a pair of eyes that could make that special plea to everyone for help. His sea foam green eyes against his gray fur couldn’t be missed. Shadow only weighed 4 pounds and a matted mess. A plea went out for help for this incredible kitty and we answered it.

Shadow was hyperthyroid, fairly common in older cats. There is a drug not labeled for cats that we could give him to treat the symptoms. The drug is extremely harsh, many cats cannot tolerate it and you must constantly monitor blood work on these kitties making sure they are getting the correct dose. HELP Humane prefers to get the treatment to cure the hyper thyroid. The cost is higher up front but it cures the condition and in the long run, its less expensive than the pills (that can be dangerous) and the blood work to keep going in the right direction with treatment.

In January, Shadow Gray had his hyperthyroid treatment and several weeks later, he began to gain weight like a champ. Then he suddenly lost several ounces in a week, not good. We had him back to the vet and discovered that he has kidney disease. We will manage his kidney disease and give him a good rest of his life, which could be a long time considering kidney disease can certainly be managed in a kitty.

We adore this handsome grandpa and are pretty sure he is fairly fond of us also 🙂 We are so happy to be able to help the helpless animals when they find themselves in what seems to be the worst situation possible, knowing no one and dependent on a kind hand. This gentle soul doesnt have to worry about that anymore!
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Brielle

This petite little girl found herself in a predicament, actually a couple of them. The first one was when she found herself lost on the streets, of course, no one will know if she was lost or abandoned but either way, on the streets. She is so tiny and was very thin when she was brought in to a high intake shelter. An amazing supervisor there took her under her wing and gave her special feedings to try and get some weight back on her, but it didnt go so well. She ate well but barely gained any weight so the supervisor had taken her as far as funds from the city would take her and she reached out for help for this little one.

A Good Samaritan paid for blood work to find out what might be amiss in which an idea on what was going on inside. Then we took over her care from that point. Not much on bloodwork and we ran more along with xrays and other tests. Right now, we are giving this quiet little soul lots of TLC and time, time to recover and recouperate, time to prepare for another start at life, a fresh one. We will give her all she needs until she is ready and able to move on to that new family that will love her like we do.

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Dion

Dion was being fed as a part of a feral colony. It was obvious that he wasnt feral and began to want to enter the caretaker’s home. She was able to pet him one day and was horrified at how his backbone and ribs were so easily felt. She contacted HELP Humane and asked us to take over his care if she brought him inside, we agreed. At his first examination, he was tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV and found to actually be positive for both the retrovirus’. What a shame to be having to start from there 😦

His caretaker agreed to hold onto him until there was an opening at our Feline Leukemia Cottage where he could have a great life hanging with friends and watching all the wildlife on their screened in porch. After only a short time, Dion’s foster mom noticed that he was having balance problems and off to the vet he went again. He was extremely dehydrated and had multiple issues including parasites and spent a week being hospitalized. He then was allowed to go back to his foster home and did great for a short period of time before he again had a crisis and at that time, he was diagnosed with an enlarged heart. At that point, we knew his time was limited but we hoped for the best.

Poor Dion was a young long haired black cat, not a stand out from the crowd boy but he got dealt a crummy hand and after only a few weeks back at his foster home, he had multiple seizures and passed away before he could even return to the vet. Such a loving little soul that purred through all the medical procedures, we believe he knew he was getting help. We know he is at peace now, we just wish we could have helped him sooner.

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Professor

This adorably handsome boy was caught in a situation where a family fell apart and he needed someone to be able to devote time to his medical condition. Professor is a diabetic and when we rescued him, we had no idea of his personality. After a day of him refusing to eat, we made an appt for him to get a full bloodwork up. He was actually just limp when we rushed him in. He was in a diabetic crisis when we got him but being on a weekend and not knowing his personality, we didnt know. The vet started IV fluids for dehydration and began syringe feeding him. He also had a bit of a cold. After 2 days of hospitalization, he returned to the shelter a completely different cat. This was not the same cat we rescued. He is bright eyed and very attentive to his surroundings. He loves affection, especially a soft stroke between his eyes on his smooshed nose. We are happy we were able to rescue this boy and give him a second chance. Our vet said it was a good thing we got him there when we did otherwise he might not have made it and boy what a loss that would have been. We love this gentle little man that really asks very little but has loads to give back.

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Wellington

Wellington’s plea was posted on a high intake shelter’s page for rescue, they were not able to help him and his time was limited. Animal Control was called to an address about an injured cat. This resident had called saying a cat had drug himself onto her porch and was unable to move. We have rescued several cats like this and they have just needed some medication and rehabilitation time and they recovered. In the picture posted on their page, Wellington’s gorgeous copper eyes just looked into ours (and many others) souls, he just needed some help.

Wellington has an eartip (that means that has was part of a trap/neuter/return) program at one time. We obviously dont know his story but at this time our vet believes that he has a parasite and we are treating him for that. He is regaining strength every day and eating like a champ. And those copper eyes are brighter and more hopeful. He is still a bit apprehensive of people and loud noises but he is getting better every day.
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