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May 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm #607697
I went to the feral cat website and searched WSB for a phone number, but couldn’t find contact info. It’s gotta be here somewhere, but I’m not finding it and time is of the essence.
There is a semi-feral cat at my workplace that appears to have symptoms of distemper. The cat needs to be looked at by a vet asap. I tried to get someone at the property to catch and isolate the cat if possible, for it’s own safety and that of other animals in the vicinity.
If anyone has Pam’s contact info, could you please post it pronto? Thank you!May 30, 2013 at 10:21 pm #790865May 30, 2013 at 10:25 pm #790866May 30, 2013 at 10:39 pm #790867May 30, 2013 at 11:39 pm #790868
Well thanks everyone.
Until I get permission to be on property and lady who feeds the cat agrees to not feed the cat so I can trap there is nothing I can do.
So I am just waiting for phones calls.:) Hope they can come sooner than later.
FCATMay 31, 2013 at 12:16 am #790869
Pam is ON.IT.
I just got a message from someone at the property saying that the cat would be trapped and treated. Pam, it sounded like they spoke to you? Apparently (according to Dr. Hammerhead) it’s not distemper, and hopefully will be something easy to treat. I thought when I worked with barn cats many years ago I’d been told that the eye thingie was distemper, which the kittens were born with. They eventually went blind, or died. Very sad. So, I freaked when I saw this stray cat with crusted over, weeping eyes.
This is a big, beautiful cat (male, I think) with black and white long hair and what looks like amber eyes under the goo. Anyone interested in adoption?May 31, 2013 at 12:40 am #790870
Thank you to everyone who took the time to care and “Get Freaked” about this little one.May 31, 2013 at 3:20 pm #790871
The cat is older at least 10-13 years old. Has cataract, which means it would need to be an indoor cat,(no one there wants to do that) has extra toes on front paw, blood work and major dental work.
It could cost up 400-1000. I am not going to pay for that and neither will any one at Daystar.
Once I get permission and have them sign the cat over to FCAT it will be taken to Seattle animal control.
FCATMay 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm #790872
Pam, do you think that SAC will deem him adoptable? I worry about his fate. Have 5 kitties of my own or would be tempted to consider adoption.May 31, 2013 at 6:32 pm #790873May 31, 2013 at 9:57 pm #790874
So sad. Thanks, Pam.
It would be great if someone out in WSB land wanted to adopt a handsome senior kitty, but that may be too much to hope for. He will probably be euthanized, which I feel terrible about as I’m the one who initiated the intervention. Unfortunately, the alternative was to leave him sick and homeless while going blind. Not a pretty end for a nice cat who did nothing wrong except to trust humans who then abandoned him.June 1, 2013 at 1:40 am #790875
I thought that the Seattle Shelter would only kill if absolutely necessary and that they provide medical care. Am I wrong? Is there a way that we can set up an account to help offset his bill?June 1, 2013 at 1:46 am #790876June 1, 2013 at 2:02 am #790877
I don’t have a lot of money, but I can make a small donation for his care.June 1, 2013 at 2:11 am #790878June 1, 2013 at 2:34 am #790879
I was called to rescue this cat and I rescued it, as anonyme said: sick and homeless and going blind is no way to live.
While I appreciate people’s willingness to donate, no matter what I do not have the capability to adopt out.
Most “rescues” are full and this old cat has to compete with/against cute little kittens right now.
As for SAS, listen right now they are full of young HEALTHY adults and kittens Yes they do provide medical care, but what if this cat is in kidney failure again who is going to adopt that?
There is nothing wrong with this cat going to SAS. Even if it humanely put to sleep it is NO longer out there at risk of getting killed by a car.
I am not a “no kill”. I rescue and I do what I can for the animal that I am rescuing. Even if I have to take it to any of the shelters. I hope everyone can respect and understand this.
FCAT/HHJune 1, 2013 at 2:44 am #790880
Actually nobody was questioning you or your decision to take the cat to the shelter and I am very well aware of what is like at the shelters right now.
As for humanly putting down a sick animal, since I have had to do that with my own and sick strays there is no need to capitalize your words in your reply.June 1, 2013 at 3:31 am #790881
MEOW Cat Rescue in Kirkland
10600 NE 68th, Suite F
Kirkland, WA 98033
This cat may be older and loses its sight but it still could lead a normal life if given a chance.June 1, 2013 at 5:27 am #790882
Friends of the Animals Foundation has a very healthy and friendly 13 year old cat that we have had for two months with no luck in finding her a home so far. The cat from Daystar would need donations, a foster home, and a permanent home (difficult at 10-13 years old and with medical issues). He is safe at Seattle Animal Control whatever the outcome.June 1, 2013 at 4:24 pm #790883
I’ve said it before, but I highly, highly commend Pam for what she does. She performs these rescues without pay and often without gratitude, at all hours and on her own time outside of work. She continually must face the reality, up close and personal, of animals that will be euthanized because there is no hope they will be adopted. This holds true even for animals that are young and healthy. Frankly, I don’t know how she does it; I know I could not.
While offers of donations are well-meaning, they won’t help much unless there is a home ready for placement. It would be awesome if someone were willing to offer that. Alternatively, I’m sure donations would be very welcome for Pam’s rescue efforts (I believe the link is on her member profile).
Thanks to all who expressed concern for this feline old soul.June 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm #790884
There are thousands and thousands of cats, dogs and other dependent creatures that live in shelters, rehab homes and other facilities awaiting a new life. The reality is most will never have a “Forever Home.” Every year the numbers increase and until laws are changed and enforced the numbers will continue to grow.
Many people, just like me are aware of what it takes to do animal rescue. We know that decisions have to be made no matter how difficult they might be and that it takes a special type of person who is willing to dedicate their lives to taking action and making the those tough choices. The costs of those choices often include loss of time with friends and family, emotional trauma and financial hardship.
“I am not a “no kill”. I rescue and I do what I can for the animal that I am rescuing. Even if I have to take it to any of the shelters. I hope everyone can respect and understand this.”
It is not only the professional rescuers who sit in driving rain, blistering heat and terrible cold trying rescue an animal only to have them die or to be forced to have them euthanized. Been there many times.
To some of us, the rescuing of an animal like this cat is a way of pushing back at what we know to be insurmountable odds. Every once in a while it is just nice to see the underdog win. Yes, sometimes scarce funds are unwisely directed where they shouldn’t be in hopes that the win will come and sadly most times it doesn’t. Still…there are those times when the “Win” does happen. For the non-professional rescuers like me, it is these moments that bring the efforts home. It makes the losses less hard on the heart and keeps (at least me) going and it allows me to justify spending money I don’t have to spend on things like the food purchase event at Furry Faces yesterday. I hope everyone can respect and understand this.
I have supported hammerhead and others like her, will continue to commend the job she does and recommend her to those who need help. What I will not do is stop looking for any alternatives and offering my help where I think it is needed. I won’t speak for Luckymom30, but my offer of help and a few questions was turned into an unneeded instruction on the realities of rescue and it was discourteous. If you don’t want my help just simply decline it.June 3, 2013 at 5:27 am #790885
Talaki…….after reading your heart-wrenching post of rescuing animals like this cat against “insurmountable odds,” I’m sure that I’m not the only one waiting to hear the “forever after” story after you adopt it and give it new life…yes, yes “bring the efforts home.” Kudos to Hammerhead for all she does in the name of animal humanity….she deserves only thanks and not a word of criticism. You offer help with a “small donation”…..Hammerhead offers her help with her time and on-going support. I value her opinion and willingness to support all cries for help. I also value her honest declaration that all animals cannot be saved and keeping them alive is not always for the best….many of us, including vets, agree with her.June 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm #790886
Thank you for your looking out for the cat, anonyme. However this story ends, I trust that he will be treated with care and respect because he is in good hands. There’s no telling what additional suffering might have arisen from his health issues.
Talaki34, I’m not sure where you’re coming from. I can never fault someone for having compassion for animals without a voice, but I hope you can see the irony in your comments.June 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm #790887
If any of you actually took the time to read what I wrote then you would see that I never questioned what hammerhead was doing. All I asked was a few questions about the shelter, if a donation might swing the odds in the cats favor and I asked that I be extended the same courtesy that I extend to others. In the longer post, I even tried to acknowledge the sacrifice that the professionals make and though I didn’t need to, tried to explain why I help the way I do. To imply that I have said anything against hammerhead and her expertise is ludicrous and just a plain misstatement of the facts.
If I could take the cat I most certainly would, but since I cannot (I still have BOO an extremely territorial male) the only thing that I could do I did. I offered medical help. I am being told that was wrong. Lesson learned. The irony here is that while our approaches to rescue might be a little different, hammerhead’s philosophy of rescue and mine are not that different. We might both take different paths, but ultimately end up at the same place.
This certainly has been a wakeup call for me. The last 35 adult years I have spent was trying to be a good person and thought that I was actually making a real difference in the lives of at least a few animals and their owners. I realize now that as much as I wanted this to be true, I was probably mistaken. It is time I step aside and let the professionals do what they do far better than I. So we can end this with a promise from me; I will not offer any assistance again.
I still have one more cat at home and he needs my attention.
I wish you all many blessings.June 4, 2013 at 2:32 am #790888
Talaki34 I can understand why you are so upset, some of the comments towards you came off a bit harsh. But often times those in rescue have to field questions about what they are doing and if they are doing enough day in and day out. You add that to the stress of too many animals, not enough time or resources and then add in your own questions about if you are doing enough and responses can sound a bit rough. I know I personally have looked back at things I have said and regretted how it sounded.
Even if you can’t help this particular cat there are so many others out there that could really benefit from any donation of money, time or supplies. Most humane societies, shelters and rescue groups run solely off of donations. I realize you are frustrated but hope you will continue to offer assistance because in the end it is the animals that really suffer not the people who are professional rescuers.
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