I am a bengal cat who was born in 2005. In the summer of 2012, I was diagnosed as a diabetic cat. I want everyone to know that diabetic cats like me are just as fun and loving as cats without the disease.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!