Monday, April 17, 2017

RESILIENCE


One thing is for certain........the person that claims cats cannot overcome, has never met our Muff. Homeless again for the 2nd time in his life (that we know of), elderly, and having been taken from someone that he grew used to and loved for the past 8 years, is more than most would be able to battle back from - but battled back this big, easygoing boy has and he's done it in style.

He's calm, collected, quiet, and so easygoing it would amaze just about anybody. The only time I see even a hint of ornery self from this fella is when I'm brushing him and he grows tired of the grooming..........he usually makes a noise and gives a swat to say: we're done for tonight! Otherwise, he's quite content with whatever else you can offer in the way of affection and attention, and asks for very little. Physically, he's in good health, recent bloodwork showed nothing disconcerting and his kidney levels remain very reasonable for a boy his age, so for that we are so grateful.

He'll go up on the website any day now. It breaks our hearts to think that once again he will need to endure yet another change and a move, but we know he can do it and we're looking forward to finding him a new home where he will be cherished and spoiled rotten for the remainder of his days.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

HOPE


Muff is settling in okay we think. Of course, there are moments when I look at him and I swear he has simply accepted things because he knows that they can be no other way now. We had him to the vet yesterday, he weighs in at 20Ibs unfortunately, but that doesn't surprise us since the size of the bowl his Mom was feeding him from was big enough for a Great Dane, and they were living together in a bachelor apt so he wasn't getting any real exercise. And in saying that, there is no malice in those statements since I know she loved him and gave him the best of what she had. He also has arthritis in his back legs, and has some telltale signs of early kidney disease but neither is surprising given that his age is somewhere between 11 - 13 years.

He has full run of the house now and has been as good as gold. Very quiet, sleeps a great deal, and LOVES attention. His coat is in desperate need of some TLC since it appears he has stopped grooming, but tolerates brushing for quite abit of time before getting abit ornery. Again, nothing concerning and almost expected with a boy this senior.

His Mom called early last week to see how he was. Another very tough conversation since I could just hear the longing in her voice for him, and I'm sure a deep sense of sadness, especially given what she's facing. I reassured her that she's welcome to call anytime, and I'm happy to let her know about his new family when he's adopted - she did say however that she knows she can't continue to ask about him because it only makes letting him go that much more painful.

I so admire her strength and courage and have no idea who I would face a similar situation if it was visited upon me.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A SAD FIRST

In addition to fostering for the rescue, I also volunteer as a Post Adoption Counsellor. In this capacity, I work with people that have adopted from the rescue and are reaching out because they are having issues with the kitty/ies - whether those be behavioral, medical, or surrendering in nature. Yesterday, I received a case that involved a woman who has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and needed to surrender her adopted kitty back to us as a result.

What started out as a bright, upbeat day, quickly turned dark and sad for me. To say that I had to take many deep breaths before making that call would be an understatement. I did so only after I prayed that I would be able to keep my emotions in check as I spoke to "D". As we chatted, and I gathered the information I required in order to begin the process of a return, I couldn't help but feel this woman and her cat sounded eerily familiar to me. Long story short, it turned out that the reason they sounded so familiar was because they were................her cat Muffy (who we knew as Simba), was one she had adopted from us as we had been fostering him when she came to adopt him back in 2009.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I believe wholeheartedly that everything happens for a reason, and I also do not believe in coincidences. The fact that our foster space has been empty since the end of January was something that I believed the Lord made happen so that we could spend precious time with our Rocky, but I also now believe that He did so because He knew that D and Muffy (who is now 11 years of age), would need us. Upon arriving at "D"s earlier this afternoon, she had gathered all of Muffy's things together and we helped her get him into the carrier. He didn't fight, almost as if they had had a long conversation and he knew that this was how it had to be.

Tonight he is quiet, sad, and clearly missing his Mom and his home. I don't know what is worse, when we welcome them in not knowing the road they've travelled or circumstances such as these where I can look into their eyes and see the longing for home and know that they can never go back there. We reassured "D" that we would take very good care of him and that we'd ensure he was adopted out to a very good home. Despite those promises, I can well imagine that she misses her friend tonight as much as he misses her.

And for me, that is truly heartbreaking....

Monday, March 6, 2017

BLAST FROM THE PAST

We received another lovely email earlier...............this one from Mako's family. Remember Mako? - the stunning all white boy we fostered? Well here he is putting his seal of approval on his Mom's new vanity sink.


And when I asked her how our handsome snowman is doing, this was her reply:

Mako is doing well. He is good cat, aside from the 4:00 am wake up. He loves to sleep on top of me when I'm watching tv or on the laptop and sleeps beside me at night. He's playful and very nosey. He still hides when someone visits and will only come out for my sister, but I leave him alone and hope he grows out of it when he's 20 or so.


Awwww happily ever afters............don't you just love them.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

QUIET TIME

At present we're still without a foster. Normally, I'd be very anxious since it's been just over six weeks or so since we moved Oreo but for present, we're okay with the situation the way it is.

We had our Rocky back to the vet a week or so ago due to some health things that had arisen in the last little while which we've been concerned about. Our vet strongly suspects that based on symptoms, it's very likely that our little boy has cancer growing somewhere either in behind his one eye or in his nasal passage. His vision in the one eye is very minimal now (more like looking through frosted glass according to the vet), and that coupled with alot of wheezing, sneezing and raspy breathing, has led to this latest diagnosis. The good news is that despite being quite thin now, he's held his weight since October and his appetite is still fantastic. He's much, much quieter these days, preferring to sleep away a large portion of the hours, but overall still comes for treats, still likes to snuggle, and is still letting us know when he wants wet! :)

We're all in agreement that while his appetite is good and his seizures are in check, we'll keep him comfortable and enjoy every last second together. Time wise, it could be anywhere from 3-6 months but of course, leaving this world is never on our timetable so noone really knows when it will be time for him to cross over the bridge. Having been here before, we know that Rocky and Heavenly Father will let us know when it's time...............until then, we're thankful.

Friday, February 3, 2017

NEWS, NEWS, NEWS

I know it's been quite some time since the last entry.............

The delay has been mostly due to our having upgraded our computer system and in the process, somehow our camera adapter to download our photos was tossed out with the old system. So, that meant that posting would be without pictures, and I didn't want to bore anyone with that idea so the intention was to wait until we purchased a new adapter. But 2017 has been busier than expected, and we still don't have the adapter (don't get me started!!).

All that said, the BIGGEST piece of news we can share right now is that Oreo was adopted at the end of January, but unfortunately not from the Safe Haven. His litterbox issues (of defecating outside of the box) became pretty consistent - he was still using the box but not "finishing" there. In addition, his bullying of our Silly was becoming more and more aggressive, and it was clearly evident that Silly was very nervous around him. So at the end of January, with heavy hearts and because we couldn't figure out why he was having the litterbox issues since he'd had a clean bill of health AND was no longer suffering any constipation issues of any kind; we decided to move him to a single pet foster home in the hopes that that would put an end to the behavior - and it did. He wasn't in his foster home a week and he had stopped the litterbox habit altogether, AND had a call for adoption.

In all the years we've been fostering, he's only the third foster to be removed from our care prior to adoption, and it just broke our hearts. But clearly, he was not happy sharing his space with our boys, and the litterbox was his way of letting us know. We stayed in constant touch with his 2nd foster Mom right up until he was adopted, and his forever family ended up being related to one of our own rescue volunteers, so we're pretty certain he'll be well cared for.

Currently, we don't have our next guest so although we're missing the extra set of paws in the house, it's give our boys the chance to really enjoy their home again AND us the chance to clean up the basement carpet properly before welcoming anyone else. Hopefully our next entry will have the latest AND pics.

Stay tuned and Happy New Year!!!!!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS..............

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

This Christmas Eve we give thanks for all of our blessings.............our health, our comforts, our beautiful country, precious things big and small, kindness, charity, and above all else, the very gift of life. But most of all, we give thanks for the miraculous birth of that very special baby born so long ago, the Prince of Peace who came into this world to make a way for us to return home to our Father in Heaven.

We thank each and every one of you who have ever visited with us here - whether it be once or many times over. Your encouragement, your support, your words of wisdom, your love for cats and kittens everywhere, and your desire to want to see them all with loving homes, is so appreciated and tonight we acknowledge your caring and your love for them.

So from everyone here at Safe Haven, myself, my husband Steve, our boys, Rocky & Silly and our current houseguest Oreo - may you each have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year.