Abused Feline Gets Help to Thrive

Furiends, one of the reasons I tell kind humans to keep their felines inside is because of the potential of animal abuse. Just think about what evil humans did to my good furiend Lucky. Lucky got help from Homeless Animals Rescue Team, and now he enjoys his life inside.

A feline in Seattle shares a similar story. She, too, endured abuse from evil humans but will get a chance to thrive. The kind humans there call this feline Courage.

Courage is around seven years old, and she has been through a lot. The kind human who cares for a feral colony said that Courage disappeared for a while, and then returned bleeding from some wounds. Fortunately for Courage, the kind human gave her first aid for her wounds. Then, they contacted Seattle Area Feline Rescue to get her more help.

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“She’s very friendly and trusting. She can’t help but purr when you pet her,” said one of the humans at Seattle Area Feline Rescue. Sadly, an evil human betrayed this trust. They took advantage of Courage’s trust to abuse her.

Now, Courage is getting help for her medical conditions. And she has a bunch of them in addition to the obvious ones from her abuse. She needs to gain weight. Then, the white coated humans need to give her a thorough dental and pull some teeth. And because her ears were cut off, she developed ear infections. There also may be some issues with her eyes. And she needs to be spayed.

Courage gets eight different medications a day from her foster human. These will help her recover, and after she does, the white coated humans will spay her.

Despite her abuse, Courage is a fortunate feline. Kind humans helped her right away, and now she will get a chance to thrive thanks to Seattle Area Feline Rescue. Some humans who heard her story already expressed interest in adopting her. Soon, Courage will go to a good home!

One Saved Kitten Leads to Many Saved Lives

A Feline Helped by Billy the Kidden

A kind human saved a kitten that was being abused by evil humans. They did not know how it was going to change their life. The pain of chemotherapy was making this human very depressed. But the tiny feline snuggling on their chest, licking away the tears the chemotherapy caused, helped them get through their treatment.

This human had a lot of time to think while recovering. And one of the things they thought about was how to help feral cats. After all, they thought, it is due to humans being irresponsible that we have feral cats. They thought it was their duty to help feral felines.

To do this, they founded the cat rescue group Billy the Kidden Rescue. Soon, they partnered with a pet store, Pups N Stuff. This helped the cat rescue group, because now they had a centralized location. And here, they take donations, prepare kitten kits for fosters, and set up health checks for foster cats. They also complete and store the paperwork for all the felines they help at this location.

A Feline Helped by Billy the Kidden
A Feline Helped by Billy the Kidden

Billy the Kidden has helped many felines since opening in 2012. Sometimes, these are scary, like when they saved a feline during flooding from a tropical storm. Others involve crawling through sewers. And they’ve also saved cats from certain death as bait animals.

All of this is very hard work. And the humans behind Billy the Kidden have lots of scars and scratches to show it. But the human behind the cat rescue group accepts these challenges without any complaints.

“We’ve created the often short and brutal life circumstances far too many cats endure,” they said. “Hopefully they can live out their lives in peace versus being persecuted for simply existing.”

You can learn more about this cat rescue group by visiting their website or Facebook page. I am very happy they are doing such good work, furiends!

“If You Feed Them, Fix Them” Good Idea for Ferals

Jacey, Koji, and I are in some ways fortunate felines. We have never had to worry about living outside, fending for ourselves. Oh, sure, we get annoyed at the human sometimes. But we are very happy that he is around to take care of us.

But there are many felines who live outside. And many kind humans want to to help these feral cats. One group in St. Louis is doing a lot of good to help these feral cats. You may remember St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach from the summer, when the baseball team in St. Louis wanted a feline taken in at the baseball stadium. But they do a lot more than that.

The city relies on them to help keep the feral population under control. Every day, many kind humans who do not get green paper things help St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach feed feral colonies and trap those felines who need to be fixed.

A Feral Cat in His Home
A Feral Cat In His Home

“If you feed them, fix them,’’ said one of the humans at St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach. “Because if you’re feeding them you are making it easier for them to sustain a pregnancy and a litter of kittens, which is only going to multiply and get worse for you. Feed your cats, but bring them to us or to your vet or make whatever arrangements you can and get them spayed or neutered and break the cycle.”

And it works, furiends. So far this year, St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach trapped and neutered over 1,000 felines. After these felines recover from their surgery, they go back to their colonies. When they return, they do not fight as much.

But most importantly, they do not produce more kittens. You see, one feline can be responsible for 67,000 tiny felines over the course of its life. This cannot be sustained, and it means many felines live in bad situations. And that is why trap, neuter and return programs are so important! They help stop this.