Family Finds Way to Help Ferals

More Noms Please Says This Feral Cat

Jacey and I are not happy because it has been raining a lot over the past few days. The human tells us that we need the rain, but Jacey and I still miss working on our fur tans. And we do not like it when we go out on the balcony and our paws get all wet because of the rain.

But we are reminded that we are fortunate, and many of our fellow felines must contend with much more. In Montreal, it is very cold.  With the windchill, it is -33 Celsius. I do not know how cold that is, but the human tells me that when there is a minus sign in front of a number, it is very cold.

More Noms Please Says This Feral Cat
More Noms Please Says This Feral Cat

Some feral cats were looking for a place to stay to get out of the wind and cold, and they found one in a human’s solarium. These felines ran away whenever the humans living there tried to approach, but they were grateful to get out of the wind. And the humans provided them with noms and water. Because of this, as long as the humans were on the other side of the solarium glass, the feral cats felt safe.

The humans were glad these felines were out of the wind, but because the solarium was not heated, the poor feral cats were still cold. I am sure they were grateful for what they had, but these humans did not think it was enough.

Two Feral Cats are Warm and Safe Thanks to Kind Humans
Two Feral Cats are Warm and Safe Thanks to Kind Humans

But then, the humans came up with an idea. They installed a heating lamp in the solarium to keep the felines warm. This lamp is similar to the ones that are installed outside restaurants to keep people waiting in line warm. And now, these felines have a place where they can stay out of the wind and enjoy some relief from the cold.

It is good to see these humans working hard to make sure that a few feral cats have a better winter!

Check at Shelter for Lost Cats

This Lost Cat Was Saved

My good furiend Lucky shared a story that made me angry. You will see why in a moment. But one thing it made me want to emphasize to you kind humans is that if your feline goes missing, be sure to go to the shelter to look for your lost cat. Using the telephone is not enough, my furiends.

If you have been following me and Lucky, you know that we have shared the story of the shelter at Rutherfordton. The conditions there are bad, my furiends. And not only are the conditions bad, but the way they were handling the intake of animals was as well.

You see, my furiends, even though this shelter had a scanner to check for microchips, they did not use it. And it is only through the intervention of Rural Shelter Transports and the Homeless Animals Rescue Team that one lost cat was able to find his way back home.

This Lost Cat Was Saved
This Lost Cat Was Saved

See this handsome orange and white tabby? No, it is not Lucky, but this feline was definitely a lucky lost cat. He was scheduled for euthanasia, but the kind humans at HART agreed to take him in. He was spared.

The humans at HART did something the shelter did not do. They scanned this lost cat for a microchip. And when it showed he had one, they contacted the humans listed as his contact.

Soon afterwards, those humans called HART, very happy to know that their feline was safe. They were ecstatic that they were going to be reunited with their lost cat.

But think about this, my furiends. If HART and Rural Shelter Transports did not step in, then this beloved family member would have been lost. All because a shelter did not bother to use the scanner they had on hand to see if a cat they took in was a lost cat!

That is shameful. Fortunately, this problem has been corrected because the shelter staff has been trained on how to use the scanner properly.

Homeless Humans Can Keep Pets

Homeless Animals Can Join Their Humans At Shelter

It is very sad when a two legged or four legged creature does not have a home. Too many humans, felines, and canines are living on the streets. What is even more sad is that for many humans, when they get help, they must leave their pets behind. Many do not want their pets to be homeless animals without any help so they do not accept assistance.

Thanks to a grant from PetSmart Promise, that is not the case for humans helped by Family Promise in Montgomery, Alabama. Four canines and four felines will be able to live there while their humans get the help they need to transition into a life off the streets.

Sadly, after going through so much together as homeless animals and homeless humans, these animals typically must be surrendered. Around half of the humans getting help have had to relinquish their animals to animal rescue groups in the area. “It’s very traumatic, and lots of tears are experienced when they have to give up those animals,” said one of the humans at Family Promise.

Homeless Animals Can Join Their Humans At Shelter
Homeless Animals Can Join Their Humans At Shelter

In order to make room for the formerly homeless animals, one of the humans working at Family Promise has given up her office. This is part of an upgrade to the facilities.

Because the homeless anmals were were typically kind canines and felines, they were adopted out very quickly after they were surrendered. Then the homeless humans, after getting the help they needed, were not able to bring their four legged furiends back into their lives.

Homeless Cats Will Live Here
Homeless Cats Will Live Here

Now, for some homeless humans and homeless animals, that bond will not have to be broken. The humans can get the help they need to get on their feet, and their loving four legged companions will be there with them.

This is a very good idea and I hope that it spreads!