Monday, July 03, 2006
Okay. Here is the word.
The people who sent these photos need help, and I'm tapped out. I'm out of foster homes, out of room at my place, and out of money. The people who have these kittens have already rescue EIGHT cats/kittens dumped on their property so far this year, rescued five last year, and even sent me $100 this spring even though they themselves are spending money at the vet. They are an average hardworking family who happen to live on a rural corner where people dump cats.
They didn't ask for help. They just sent the photos. That's "HELP!!!" in capital letters, without the words.
If anyone locally can foster kittens, or send quality adopters our way, I'd appreciate it. That would get eight friendly kittens out of my place so these wild little guys can come in. I also have four kittens in foster homes now who still need homes.
(THANK you, foster homes!)
They can be seen on our Petfinder site I'll be sure it's updated tonight and tomorrow.
If you are not already rescuing cats yourself or have not already adopted from us and would like to help, anything you can put in the Amazon.com tip jar in the right hand column would help save these guys from a life as a feral cat. (UPDATE 11:00 am 7/4: $190 so far! Thank you!). Please, if you are already helping cats or already gave us an adoption donation, use your money in your own home circle rather than sending it to us!
And yes, you can visit us. Email for an appointment, and we are planning to be open to the public on Sundays from now on.
But at this point, the spring flood of kittens has wiped me out. If we can get these kittens now, they can be tamed and get into homes. If they stay out there any longer, they will be too old to become pet cats. We had four litters come through in May/June and we've got three litters out there who need to come off the streets.
Please, in your own community there are people just like us, helping cats (dogs, children, neighbors...) Take a moment to check your wallet and see if there is someone local you can afford to help. Do you have an extra room where you could play with kittens for a few weeks until they are old enough for adoption? Did your friend just mention their old beloved cat passed away and they are looking for a kitten? Did a neighbor get flooded out in the Southern Tier or in PA?
Send animal lovers to a shelter or a placement group like ours. We are everywhere! Send a donation to the Red Cross, or send a check directly to your neighbor, if they lost their property in the flood. Whether you are an "animal person" or a "people person" or both, this has been a rough summer so far.
This weekend I found a little mutt dog and went door to door in our rural backwoods neighborhood to try and find the owner. While I was very happy to knock on doors and see indoor dogs, safely secured, with collars and tags, it almost drove me to tears to see the Bichons, Papillons, Jack Russell Terriers, etc., obviously all purchased from breeders and pet stores. Not one mutt. NOT A SINGLE MUTT with a collar, tag, behind a safe screen door, sleeping in Dad's chair while he was in town.
Please! Adopt from a shelter! Why spend $600 for a purpose-bred dog when there are dogs in your shelter just begging for a home for $65--and may even already be altered!
Thank you to the woman I ran into at Cornell today who had just adopted a Ubiquious Black Lab Mix (named Albert, I think?) from Stray Haven in Waverly New York. You made my day.
We need your help. They need your help. Please, support your local shelter or rescue group. Get to know them first, if you need to. But help if you can.
If you can, please link this post. I really want to be able to help these kittens.
Two foster homes, and $300 bucks. That's what it would take to get these guys out from under these porch steps.
If you can foster (and live within an hour of Spencer NY which is between Owego and Ithaca) please email info @ americancat.net (with no spaces and a real dot for "dot"). We can only take foster homes within an hour of us so if a kitten starts to sneeze or presents other problems, we can get him back from you ASAP and in to the vet.
Thank you for the response so far!!!! (July 4)
July 7--Thank you for the $280 in donations. I'll be trying to catch the little guys this weekend!