Sunday, February 8, 2015


As John Lennon wrote in his song Beautiful Boy, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." So true, so true, life is what happened recently and life is the reason my blog posts have been virtually non-existent for a very long time.

It began around the time the mother cat showed up with her kittens. Fate took our decision to TNR the feline family in a totally different direction by throwing a curve ball none of us expected. Mom had a tumor the veterinarian was not sure could be completely removed. Given the fact Mom would not let anyone handle her post-surgical care was not doable. She was euthanized.

This left the kittens without anyone to teach them how to survive on the streets - they could not go back outside. If you think that's a very simple decision, think again! The kittens needed to be housed, fed, cleaned up after, medically vetted (de-wormed, etc.), trained, in short, socialized and fostered.

With assistance from caring people in the rescue/TNR community we were able to get this done. While this was going on pictures were taken, bios written, video footage shot and posted as the search for forever homes began. Days flew by completely occupied by animal care. Reviewing adoption applications, interviewing prospective adopters and arranging play visits with the kittens took up even more time.

Incredibly, three of the kittens were adopted by Christmas leaving one little guy hugely resistant to socialization left to work with until he was ready for a loving home. In a complete turnaround, he began to socialize once his siblings were gone turning into the sweetest one of the litter.

While all of this was unfolding, Porch Guy came and went on his own schedule, showing up one day with his beautiful eyes closed into two slits. He needed medical attention. Orphée was still experiencing intermittent toileting issues and Annie was feeling neglected.

Unbeknownst to us, life was about to get worse...

The harsh reality of life on the streets with no family to call your own.

Very limited vision and most likely experiencing pain.

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