Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Opt to Adopt - Great Plains

Hello peeps and fur-peeps of the interwebs and blogosphere!!!

Coral here....and mom told me I could take over the blog today for a special post.
Our friends Maxwell, Faraday and Allie (isn't she fabulous??) at A Tonk's Tail help out their local rescue. Their mom is a volunteer and reached out to bloggers to help generate some adoptions. Since my official gotcha day was just a week ago, this is a big deal to me. I think all pets deserve to live in a home where they are loved and cared for like I am in my home.

See the rescue they work with is Great Plains SPCA. In an effort to help animals in their area and achieve a no-kill status, they won the bid to take over a city shelter. However, their intake numbers ballooned and don't seem to be leveling off at all. They are over capacity and need help. And due to their numbers, they are currently unable to take in additional animals. So this is WAY more than urgent.

You can help out by doing a number of things:
  1. ADOPT!! I don't know if they will transport or let us arrange transport out of state, but we haved asked.
  2. SHARE!! If you can't adopt, maybe you know someone that is looking - or even thinking about looking. Please use the tag #DailyDoseofIndependence on facebook and twitter
  3. DONATE!!  GPSPCA has a wish list on amazon and I know they could use the support if that is what you can do right now.
  4. ADOPT!!!  (I know I already said that, but it bears repeating)

Big Boy
(aka Sebastian)




With 3-4 million animals dying in shelters every year, having rescues and shelters commit to being no-kill is huge....but in this case they are overwhelmed and need some help. The animals are all being well cared for, but their ability to help others is limited until they can get adoptions increased.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Memorial for Sparkle

Today we remember a great cat of the blogosphere. Sparkle was a pioneer and is missed by all - especially her family. Today they are remembering her and having a comment-a-thon in her honor to give a donation to Tabby's Place.

There was discussion over here....do we leave our comments off and just point people over there? Or do we do something great?

We decided to donate to our local rescue Colony Cat's in Sparkle's memory. For every comment through midnight Saturday, we will donate $0.50. We know the money will be put to good use and will be honored to carry forward in her memory. The donation will help kittens like Clem.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Most of you by now know about Allie....our feral girl from a couple of years ago - mom to the alcohol kittens.

Well, in addition to her, mom has been seeing a long haired white cat around - definitely feral as she seem terrified if you even look at her. If you remember Bug, this girl looks like her...which makes mom sad as it would appear they missed a kitten somewhere along the line. However, the goal now is trap her and spay her.

Last night mom got home from her shift at the shelter and saw this girl laying on the sidewalk across from our garage door. No time like the present, so mom picked up Allie's food dish and set up the trap.

Mom went down this am and....the door was closed on the trap.

She lifted the towel and found....a black cat. (insert HBO werds here - mom was sure she had caught Allie)

However....this black cat is freaking out (the second time Allie was caught she calmly sat in the trap and gave mom the evil eye). This cat has no white locket on the chest (Allie does) and appears bigger than our girl. And mom was pretty sure she didn't see an ear tip.

Back upstairs, shower, get dressed, grab Cass for her v-e-t appt and off they go.

Cass met with Dr. West today about her back leg. The chick (for lack of a WAY less polite term) who took her to the spay clinic said it was her right back leg. Mom had seen her walk and it was Cass's LEFT back leg. But either way, something funky was going on.

X-rays were taken and there is no pelvis fracture. That's good news. The bad news is that it appears to be "maybe" neurological. Her left back leg doesn't respond to pain as much as the other, but oddly her right front leg responds less than her left front. So Dr West did a complete neurological workup (which is hard to do on a cat...just saying) and is calling in a favor with a vet at Ohio State. Hopefully we will know something soon (no idea the time frame....you don't get to the front of the line calling in a favor). For now it is limited activity and get her fed more (she weighed 6 pounds 11 ounces and you can feel her hips). If it is something not so serious, the goal would be pain meds and anti-inflammatory. We don't know much beyond that right now. Paws crossed it doesn't end up being surgical....that won't be cheap. So if you could pass along some purrs to our momma cat, that would be much appreciated. And we will keep you posted as we learn more.
Stoli (up front), Sangria (middle) and Daiquiri

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

wordy Wednesday

We know you were wondering on Monday.....why did the orange kittens move??

Well....we have newbies in the bathroom:

The mom cat was left at the adoption center. A woman had found her and despite the rescue trying to get her spayed and cared for, the woman resisted. Until the mom cat showed up VERY pregnant. Unfortunately, she was malnourished and the kittens didn't survive. She was spayed and being cared for by the rescue. The lady did say she didn't think the cat was walking on her right back leg. The clinic gave her the once over and didn't feel any breaks. We are going to keep an eye on her and see if some rest helps.

In the meantime, 4 kittens were left alone in a box at the local humane society after closing. They were anemic and covered in fleas. No mom in sight. Their fate was not going to be good. One died that same night.

But....the other three were introduced to the calico mom and it was love.

In fact, when mom got here and set them up, she got the mom cat out of the carrier first and she threw a fit until all the kittens were out. MOL  Mom was a little worried about the tiny girl, but everyone is doing very well. Mom is keeping them close. And when mom put out canned food for mom on Sunday morning, all three kittens tried it.

While they may not have been born to her, mom is taking VERY good care of these kittens....making up for those she lost. We have 2 girls and 1 boy. Two are black and white - what the kid (mom's niece) calls "moo kittens". We thought the other girl was too, but she is starting to show some brown stripes along the edges of the black.

Unfortunately, the tiniest black and white girl started going down hill and despite the best efforts of mom and the rescue, she didn't survive. We tried Julep - and you were loved no matter how long you were here.

Mom is now known as Cass. (mom was jokingly calling her "Hop-a-long Cassidy" and it stuck)

And Sunday evening mom got a call from our friend Miss Beckie....seems some teenagers found a week old kitten and thought it would be easy - bring it inside and viola. Right....  Anyhow, Miss Beckie knew about Cass (she was the one who rescued the moo kittens) and so the tiny came over to our house. Cass took her right away. Mom is keeping an eye on everyone as the new girl is younger and smaller than the other kittens, but it is all good. The new girl is a brown and white tabby - with a white stripe down her spine.

And it is that time of year again (might as well make it a tradition). So please help us welcome the third annual alcohol kitten crew.

The little boy (the mainly black one in the upper picture) is Stoli. His sister is Sangria. And the newest tiny girl is Daiquiri.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Opt to Adopt - sort of

tiny girl back in April
We suspect this won't come as a surprise to many who follow us.

Over the last couple of weeks, mom has been taking Coral out in public on the harness and leash. She wanted to see how she did in crowds and other things. In fact, Friday night a local community was having a Dog Days of Summer event. A friend of mom's was out with a cocker spaniel rescue so mom decided to go over for a little bit (it was hot and humid). Coral did GREAT!!! She was unfazed by the crowds and everyone paying attention to her. She wanted down a couple of times, but we suspect that was more about being hot. Nothing to get a fuzzy kitten overheated than being out in 85 degree heat and humidity (they were only there about an hour).
We would like to welcome Coral as a permanent member of the Random Felines family. She has fit in seamlessly and her sweet disposition made it an easy decision.

Really? I can stay? Cool....