...sometimes you do get them back.
Maple is here. Or rather, he is at the vet. He has a urinary blockage and the long term care was going to be more than the couple who adopted him (and his sister) could afford, due to a recent vet bill for their dog, several house repairs, and a little one on the way. They took him to the emergency clinic last night, but when they learned that just to unblock him with a hospital stay would run $1500 (and perhaps an additional fee for surgery if he reblocked repeatedly), they had to stop at $350. They called me this morning, and I gave my vet a call. The emergency vet had already updated them, so when I said I had a cat returned who needed to come in, they said "You mean Maple?"
So silly, incredibly friendly Maple is at the vet tonight with a cone on his head and a catheter stitched in. Owchy!
Then it was back to the vet at 4:00 with Squeak, one of my personal cats, with a nasty cough. I used the new camera to video him in a coughing fit, since I knew he wouldn't exhibit it for the vet. I'd post it here, but my computer won't save it without me downloading some software. I also have a cute little clip of Maple at the vet.
I have been remiss about posting rescue work. Red Maple Kennels is spay/neutering their feral cats, so we lent them equipment and housed two cats for them, post surgery, before they decided they could do it themselves. So I also lent them a feral cat den, on they are on their way to getting all their barn cats fixed.
And I didn't take a single photo of those two sweet lady cats.