Saturday, January 21, 2012

Straight From The Fosters Mouth!

I rescued a little orange tabby from my local high-kill shelter because he was going to be euthanized for two reasons:

1. There was not enough room in the shelter to keep sick & nervous animals
2. The staff there thought he was too hard to give the kitten the necessary meds to help him

I was told by my friend, and Toronto Cat Rescue foster mom Shelley, to get to the shelter ASAP and rescue the kitten for her! I headed out the very next day to save this precious little man who was so so scared. Apparantly he was surrendered to the shelter because his owner had "too many cats in the house". SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS PEOPLE!!

On my way from the shelter to the vet clinic, the little tabby hid at the very back of the crate and looked at me with the most pitiful and soulful eyes. From that moment, I named him "Antonio" because he looked just like Antonio Banderas' character from "Puss and Boots".

Antonio got a clean bill of health and within 24 hours I received this message from his foster mom Shelley":

At first it was forced cuddling until he started to purr last night. Then it was more forced cuddling, but he was more willing. Then, I carried him downstairs, sat in a comfy chair and held him, rubbing his neck and face. Purring started, his body relaxed and then I realized that his tail was out. You know how they pull their tails up between their legs when they are scared? Last night he would barely look at me, and today we did a little gazing into each other's eyes (the ultimate sign of trust). Then slowly, slowly he "opened up', let me rub his belly, and next thing he was on his back legs up, arms down like a human baby, tail out and purring like a tractor. Then, we were both asleep. Best feeling ever, for both of us. Taking care of these little lives is the BEST and most honourable thing I have ever done.

A job very well done Shelley! Another life saved from certain death and within a week he will be put up for adoption on Toronto Cat Rescue's website!!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My First Rescue of 2012!

*These sister are spending their last night at the shelter*

Tomorrow morning I can head out to my local high-kill shelter and save some very worthy kitties all thanks to Toronto Cat Rescue. It is absolutely freezing in Toronto right now so nothing makes me more happier than getting these innocent cats out of their cold cages and bringing them straight to their warm and loving foster homes!! Here are just a few lives that will be changed for the better tomorrow:

*Siblings that were surrendered by their owners*

It will be nice drive for me tomorrow because I won't be rushing after work (I am still on holidays) and can beat the highway traffic altogether! Should be a great rescue day all in all! I just can't get my mind off all the other animals that are living outside and don't have a place to call home. I guess I can't save them all.

*Princess Jasmine has 2 deformed legs*

My first rescue of 2012 will be a very special one for all of these furr-babies!


Disney's Chimpanzee Coming Soon!!

Disneynature’s film ‘African Cats’ helped the African Wildlife Foundation save over 50,000 acres of African savanna. Now, a new film will help save chimpanzees.

In a press release, Disneynature has announced that a portion of their first week box office sales from their film ‘CHIMPANZEE‘ will benefit the Jane Goodall Instiute (JGI) The nonprofit was founded by primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall and works to save great apes through research, public education and advocacy. The film, being released in theatres April 20, 2012, is going to help further that work. A portion of every ticket sale the week of April 20-26 will be donated to JGI through the Disney Widlife Conservation Fund.

‘CHIMPANZEE’ directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield followed a chimp named Oscar and his family in the forests of Africa. Walt Disney Studios President Alan Bergman said, “We are very excited to bring the story of Oscar and his chimpanzee family to the big screen. CHIMPANZEE showcases the incredible personalities and heartwarming relationships of these amazing animals…As part of our company’s ongoing efforts to protect the environment and empower audiences to participate in global conservation, Disneynature is proud to join with Jane Goodall Institute in its efforts to secure a future for chimpanzees in the Republic of Congo.”

Dr. Goodall, also a UN Messenger of Peace, is also excited about the partnership. “The Jane Goodall Institute is proud to work so closely with Disneynature on the release of CHIMPANZEE. JGI has been working in Africa for almost 35 years following on from my research begun in 1960. We are thrilled to extend our impact and efforts through this collaboration to support and celebrate such a wonderful film. Together, we can truly make a difference and are thrilled to have Disneynature join our efforts to protect chimpanzee habitats, care for orphaned chimpanzees in the Republic of Congo and educate a new generation of young people and connect them to nature.”

The movie may not be out until April, but Disneynature says you can get tickets for groups of 20 or more now by calling 1-888-DISNEY6.

A big thank you to one of my favourite sites Ecorazzi for sharing this wonderful news!!