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Not on My Watch: Limbo for Will

Will continues to heal. He's eating well and his eye looks better every day. He's a far cry from where he was just a week ago-broken, bloody and dirty-either hit by a car or beaten by a cruel human. Regardless of what happened to Will, he survives as a loving, outgoing creature.

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A lot can change in a week. Last Friday Will was at extremely high risk of being euthanized as he was taken to a place where they had no funding to care for him. Thanks to Jenna and Dr. Anderson, and LOTS of generous donations from all of you, Will got the chance to live.

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Will looks clean and healthy. His eye is much better now and he just wants a home. His little tabby "cap" reminds me of my own cat, Spencer! Thank you for the photo, Jenna!

Our CiCH friend, Terry, helped get the word out on Will. He did a really fun poster for Will and tells me that over 14,000 people have heard about Will needing a home!!! So where is that ONE person who will step up and adopt this cute, 1 year old kitty??

Yes, Will still needs a home! Please visit his Petfinder Ad
and send it to all your friends! We can get this done, people! Will is waiting!

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Not on My Watch: Update on Will

Will got neutered and while he was sedated Dr. Anderson took a better look at the injury in his mouth. It appears his palette is cracked, not surprising and pretty much cinches he was hit by a car, over being abused. His eye is healing, though it's not looking very pretty right now. In due time, Will should be able to heal from all of his injuries without surgery...knock wood.

Once Will was feeling up to it, Dr. Anderson let him out of his cage so he could stretch his legs and head to the second floor where comfy beds were to be found, along with some much needed peace and quiet. Will gets on well with everyone and has been assured that he has a place a the Cat Clinic for as long as he needs one. It's better he stay at the Clinic, than risk going to the local shelter. He's safe and getting stronger each day and eating well.

But where is a Forever Home for Will? Who would love a sweet, a "10 out of 10" on the friendly scale, kitten to call their own? So far, no one has stepped forward. Will doesn't need any further medical care and his costs have been paid for in full. All he needs is you-know-what (LOVE!) and a you-know-what-else (HOME!)

Will IS located in: Greenville, South Carolina.

Visit Will's Petfinder Listing HERE

Transport to the Northeast or Southeast CAN be arranged. If you're interested in Adopting or are with a Rescue Group and can foster Will, please contact Jenna Gutierrez (864) 801-3177 or email her: tomjeng@charter.net

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Not on My Watch: Fireball

Some cats truly get a raw deal in life. Little Fireball is a good example of that. This young cat, only six months old and barely over 5lbs., has been living in a cage for most of his life. His precious kittenhood, gone and each day his age makes it harder and harder to get adopted. The cycle never ends. The torture of confinement may eventually drive this poor young cat to some serious behavior problems.

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Photo courtesy Jasper County Animal Control

Right now FIREBALL is doing well. He's healthy, affectionate, friendly. He likes other cats and people. He has the perfect Tabby personality, which makes him a great family companion. He's still a kitten at barely six months old. Did you know a cat isn't fully mature until they are FOUR YEARS OLD? That would mean, Fireball has a lot of playfulness and youthful exuberance left in him-and certainly a full life to live.

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Photo courtesy Jasper County Animal Control

Fireball needs a Forever Home. If you live in the NORTHEASTERN United States we can fairly easily get him transported to you from Monticello, Georgia. If you LIVE in Georgia, then get your butt over to Jasper County Animal Control! Call: (706) 468-0396!!!

Please, tell your friends about Fireball. He's a sweet boy and he's been overlooked long enough. He's got a big heart and lots of love to share, so please give him a chance to win you over!

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Not on My Watch: Add Robin & Jen & Get Ten!

No urgent plea for rescue today. We need a break from that. Instead, I wanted to share with you an experience I just had that was quite wonderful, though admittedly, bittersweet, too. I'll do my best to write while my eyes burn and my throat constricts from inhaling fumes. No. I'm not writing while my house is burning down. I made the poor choice to set my oven to "self clean," which quickly caused the house to fill with pretty blue, toxic smoke. I had to shut off the heat and open the windows. It's 48°F outside and now, inside. Why can't I just live with a filthy house? I like to vacuum at night so I don't have to work as hard to make it look clean. Why do I need my oven to shine? Sheesh!

Since I'm freezing to death, typing helps keeps the circulation going in my fingers, though I think I need to get a hat. I stopped feeling my ears awhile ago.

Oh yeah, cats...so my foster room is empty and needs re-filling, I've been somewhat (you know me, hard to be subtle) quietly looking around for the next foster kittens. I looked locally, first. I really LOOKED all over the state and into NYC. Most cats were too old for me to help, so I went southward.

At Barb's (from WCR) suggestion, I reviewed a list from Jasper County in Georgia. I'm told their ACO, Karen, is super awesome and runs a very spic and span shelter. She also happened to have a LONG list of kittens available for adoption.

I went over the list once, twice, three times. I printed out each kitten's ad. I tried to do math (not easy for me!). I knew that I could take four kittens and Jennifer, with some coaxing jumped at the chance to take four kittens, too. Yes! That's a nice number, but I had twelve kittens picked out.

UGH.

After more reviewing, listing, adding, subtracting and some very powerful headaches, I cut the list down to ten. I got ahold of Karen, the ACO and we talked about those kittens. Thankfully, my job was made easier. Two of the kittens were spoken for and two that had been on the list were going to be adopted, as well. I had my eight.

But...there are a few kittens left I could not pull and I feel bad about them. I feel very bad about it. I hate to break up litters, even if they were already separated, but perhaps now that most of the kittens are gone, the ones that are left will have a better chance at finding a home? Jasper is not a High Kill Shelter, so my hopes are that all will work out.

There's LOTS of paperwork, emails, details and FUNDRAISING (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) to work out, but with any luck, in a week or so, I'll have my room filled back up with bouncing babies!

I just stuck my neck way out and you know, it's not that scary any more. Sure, I have the same old fear that I won't find these guys homes, that they will be too darn big to adopt out by the time they get here, but I gotta try.

I feel like I just got to do the best kind of online shopping! "I'll take that kitten and that kitten and oooo look! That's a cute one! Yes!"

So without any further delay...here are our newest rescues if I survive smoke inhalation, that is!

Jennifer's Crew:

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My Muffins:

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Not on My Watch: Big Boy Busted Out!

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Our friend, Sylvester, the 36-month old, 17lb baby was pulled out of Jasper Co. Shelter yesterday, thanks to some poking and prodding by our CiCH friend, Barb at Winging Cat Rescue, to be cared for by a rescue group in Georgia who has a soft spot for big boys.

We're told that although Sylvester loves people, he might not love other cats as much. It's tough to say for sure. He's been in a tight squeeze for too long and that would make anyone hateful of pretty much everything!

A nice lady in Arizona would offer Sly a home, but we can't get him transported over there on our own. Anyone know a pilot?

Regardless, Sly has a foster home and we'll see how he does over the next few months. Hopefully, he WILL find that FOREVER home and lots more love, soon.

Best wishes and good luck to you, big fella!

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Not on My Watch: Let's Find A Home for Will!

Please help spread the word, so Will can find his Rescue Placement or Forever Home, soon! Remember, Will is currently located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Visit Will's Petfinder Listing HERE

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Transport CAN be arranged. If you're interested in Adopting or are with a Rescue Group and can foster Will, please contact Jenna Gutierrez (864) 801-3177 or email her: tomjeng@charter.net

UPDATE: Thank you to our dear friend, Terry and his awesome kitty clutter for helping get the word out on Will. See his big article on his fabulous kitty-lovin' web site!

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Back From the Vet. Stupid Pet Owner or RINGWORM?!

Sam and I have a running joke. Often, we'll be watching mind-numbing tv shows about "real" life murder mysteries. Nine times out of ten, the narrator says; "We'll never really know for sure..." This is after we spent an HOUR of our time watching and wondering how the story will end. To hear it's "we'll never really know" not only defeats the entire purpose of watching the show in the first place, it also pisses me off good!

If I'm going to waste my time in front of the TV, I need RESOLUTION (pardon the pun).

So my dear Spencer and I went to visit Dr. Larry. I was fully prepared for him to give me shit about ripping out my own cat's fur, that I'm a stupid pet owner and it's nothing to worry about-other than being stupid makes me worry. I just wasn't careful enough removing Spencer's mats and "baldness happens."

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Dr Larry didn't let me down. After a few minutes pretending he was calling the "authorities" to report me for abusing my cat, he sat down to take a good look.

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The two, nearly symmetrical bald patches don't have any crusting or oozing. They're both about 2 x 3 inches. The skin is pink. Spencer doesn't seem to be itchy. Dr. Larry turned off the lights. We weren't alone so there was no hope for a makeout session. Dang! Oh, he was just using the Wood's Lamp to check for...oh shit...RINGWORM!

The smile on my face weakened into a razor straight line. I kept thinking; Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit! NOT RINGWORM!!!!!!

I looked while Dr. Larry was talking. He saw some slightly reflective scaly areas that were tiny. One of the bald spots had a slight pale white edge to it.

Well? Was it RINGWORM?

"We can't really be sure right now."

SHIT! It's like watching 48 Hrs! Change the channel! Change the channel!

With no better programming available, I was stuck in an answerless void. Dr. Larry removed a few of Spencer's hairs and placed them into a vial with some goop in it (that is a technical term; goop). The test for ringworm takes 2-3 WEEKS. Meanwhile, there is nothing else to be done. We decided to run a full blood panel to rule out hypothyroid (even if it's rare in most cats, I've already had one cat who had it and Dr. Larry knows my cats get weird stuff-it's almost a rule). Plus, Spencer is due for a dental in January AND we can also check his BUN because now that we know he's a purebred Weegie (well, sort of), we're going to watchout for polycystic kidney disease, too. See? I'm smart! I know stuff! I spent $220 on the Vet visit. Wait? Is that smart? Not so sure.

Spencer did not care to have his blood drawn, as usual, but this time Super Deb showed me she still had all her fingers attached to her hand, after the blood draw was finished. The only injury was to the towel they restrained Spencer with. It had to be put down due to it being ripped to shreds.

So am I a stupid pet owner?

We'll never really know for sure...

Not on My Watch: 36 Month Old, 17lb "Kitten" Needs Home!

Just about everyone wants to adopt a kitten, that's clear. It's easier, too, to find a home for a cat like Will, who was injured or a cat like Melody, who is geriatric. But what about the cats that fall in the middle? The cats, like Sylvester (below), a somewhat plain jane kitty, whose owners dumped him like used goods at a shelter that WILL euthanize him when they run out of space.

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This poor guy needs OUT of this CAGE! He barely fits in it!

I saw "Big Boy's" Petfinder ad last night and my heart truly sank. To see this chubby monkey in a cage barely big enough to contain him made me want to bust him out so badly. At 36 months, he is a bit advanced age for a kitten, but he packs on tons of love in his big bones.

Sly is a POLYDACTYL (extra toes) kitty and has really began to seek out love and affection from the Shelter staff. This kitty would just love to hang out with you and watch TV or snuggle on the bed in the sunshine. If you live in the Northeast, you won't need a comforter with this bed warmer!

Sly has little hope of ever leaving this cage. Not only is he too old, but he's too black and black coated cats in the South do not get easily adopted due to superstitions and such.

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I see white toes!!

If a licensed, NO-KILL, rescue group would be able to accept Sylvester into their program for fostering until he can find his forever home, I would guarantee a $200.00 donation* to cover his care. We can also do a fundraiser to arrange for his transport to anywhere in the country. We have a GA licensed Rescue Group standing by to complete the paperwork to remove this cat from the Jasper Co. Shelter. All you have to do is say, YES! and we will do the rest.

If you want to ADOPT Sylvester, I will personally cover his transport costs to your door. We will do a fundraiser to cover his boarding until he can be transported.

So what are you waiting for? Help this big lug out! He's only 36 months old!

Slyvester is UTD on shots, is FIV/FeLuk negative and neutered. Visit Sly on Petfinder!

*I was urged to change the original amount offered from $500 to a lower number to avoid luring a less than reputable group from stepping up just to get the donation and not giving Sly the care and good home he truly deserves. My apologies!

Not on My Watch: WE DID IT!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED MONEY TO HELP WILL GET THE VET CARE HE NEEDS! I'M SO THRILLED AND PROUD OF YOU GUYS FOR STEPPING UP! WE RAISED THE MONEY WE NEEDED IN LESS THAN FOUR HOURS!!!

Will has many Guardian Angels looking out for him. That's for sure!

More updates on Will coming tomorrow!

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Not On My Watch: Get Will a Home! Give Will Some Cash!

Will should be ready for his forever home in about two weeks. His eye is not doing so well today, but hopefully he will be back on track to healing up very soon. The cut in his mouth is doing all right. Jenna, one of his rescuers, told me it's tough to get a photo of him because he wants to be picked up and loved and all she thought she could get is a photo of his nose!

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This love bug deserves a wonderful, loving home. If you'd like to adopt or foster, Will, please contact Cat Clinic of Greenville, 1525 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, SC 864-232-7050.

If you'd like to help with Will's Vet costs, please donate below. Your money will go to Kat5, a Non-Profit organization who will make sure Will's fees are paid. That way your donation is tax deductible, as the law allows, and you can feel safe that your money is going to the right place. We love the Ladies at Kat5 and trust them implicitly.

You can also use this link to go to Will's ChipIn widget on the Kat5 web site!

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