Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sweet angel

This was a picture of Gisele just three days ago and unfortunately now she can barely keep her head up. Since I rescued her from imminent death at a shelter she had been sneezing but did not show any signs of a serious upper respiratory infection. Now she can barely keep her head up. I don't know why or how God chooses certain lives to live or die but this situation is just cruel. Like I have said before, black animals are the last to be rescued and first to be euthanized in humane societies and shelters due to the fact that most times they do not show well in photos on websites promoting the animals. I only have Gisele and Ridley in my care right now but of course Gisele is the one getting all of the attention. I have been syringing Pedialyte into her mouth every couple of hours. Thankfully she is swallowing the liquid but when it comes to wet food there is absolutely no interest. She is currently in the bathroom as my dad takes a shower. In these situations we keep the doors and windows closed that way the shower can create a lot of hot steam which will hopefully open up Gisele's airways and unplug her stuffy nose. Poor thing is breathing through her mouth right now. Upper respiratory infections are extremely contagious and almost all kittens I rescue from the shelter have it (ie: sneezing) but unfortunately it hits some much harder than other, in this case it was Gisele and not Ridley. I will keep continuing to fight for her and do all I possibly can to keep her alive and if anything comfortable if these are the last hours of her life. If there is any consolation to the short life she may have, she will at least pass away in a loving, warm home rather than a cold stainless steel shelter cage! Please pray for Gisele and all the other black angels!


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fostering Kittens!!

Yes on top of all of my travels and taking care of my own, often sickly, dogs I also rescue and foster kittens for Toronto Cat Rescue. These kittens and cats are rescued from the Hamilton Animal Control where death is imminent. You see, the City of Hamilton was "not making enough money" off of adopting out their animals therefore after 72 hours if there are no cages available for more incoming pets then they start euthanizing the ones they have regardless of age, colour or personality. Many of the animals that come in are teeny baby kittens that have been found by animal control or brought in by citizens. The only hope and chance for survival for these animals are the caring animal rescues that come in and save as many as they can. Thats where I come in! Fortunately I have the space and money to rescue and foster two kittens at a time. I think, apart from volunteering abroad, that it is one of the most regarding experiences you can have! Because of me alone, I have been able to save the lives of 14 kittens. Its not a lot compared to some of the amazing foster parents that have saved hundreds of lives but I know I have made my own little difference.

Right now I am fostering three absolutely beautiful kittens. Two sisters I rescued a week ago are the teeniest most precious girls. I also just rescued a black kitten Friday night that is full of spunk as well as cuddles and purrs. I just LOVE rescuing black kittens because unfortunately, and this goes for all black animals, they are the last to be adopted and first to be euthanized! Next time you want to don't add a furry member to your family PLEASE considering rescuing/adopting first and forget about the little black ones. They can always use your extra help!