Friday, September 23, 2022

The girls

 They are doing well. They love to play with the toys and fortunately haven't discovered the covers on the doors are probably too low and they could escape if they wanted. Jasmine (the orange tabby) continues to be a little shy but doesn't struggle once she is caught. The torbie girls are very outgoing and friendly.






Mom did get another cabinet for the room and rehung some of the decorations so for now it is done. It seems to be working well.


Mike is still hanging out with Miss Heather. She is having a good time with more space and mom is learning more about Mike's habits for anyone who adopts her.



Monday, September 19, 2022

Names

 The shelter names kittens when they come in so it's not up to mom. But - she got to see their paperwork at the shelter so we know which kitten is which.

Buttercup
All torbie but more brown
Resembles a sand cat
A little shy but now asking for attention

Primrose
Torbie with matching orange socks
Totally into ALL the attention
May think she is part parrot

Jasmine
All orange tabby
Still pretty timid
Would like you to not be all grabby please

Katniss
Orange and white tabby
Not as concerned as she appears
Will cone over after thinking about it

All the girls have purred for mom now. Jasmine seemed very displeased by it but settled in. They love all the toys especially the springs.


Mom had thought maybe she could store canned food on the shelf in the new cabinet. Clearly the kittens have other ideas. As they always do.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

New kittens

 The shelter where mom has volunteered for years needed fosters so mom sent an email and Monday night picked up a 4 pack of girls. The shelter does do the naming though so mom may lose her game of themes. 

These four are Jasmine, Katniss, Primrose and Buttercup. However, it was a rush getting their paperwork so mom isn't sure exactly who is who in the group. But they are easy to tell apart: one orange, one orange and white, one torbie who is more brown and one torbie with front orange tabby leggings. 




We don't know anything about their backgrounds. They are curious but a little timid except for the tabby with orange socks. We will have them at least a couple of weeks. 

Welcome girls!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Another change

 Mom redid the foster room. She bought a cabinet for the corner. That open space isn't meant to be a kitten sleeping spot, but we all know how that goes.


She laid some remnant vinyl flooring over out floors to protect them. Easier clean up too. Mom actually thinks the room looks bigger. 


There has been a personal change for mom as well. If you've followed along, you know she started with another rescue this winter. She is no longer with them. It's a story she doesn't want to get into here but it happens sometimes. 

She is still with another shelter and is leaving herself open for the future. 

Mike is our responsibility. She was never signed over to the new rescue so mom will continue to look for Mike's forever family on her own for as long as it takes. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Switching

If you missed it on social media, Blueberry and Garibaldi were both adopted. 

That leaves Laredo. He needed a friend so another kitten named Gunny was over here from another foster.

Turns out we needed to switch. Gunny is one of 4 kittens. The 3 girls were nursing on their brother. So Gunny went back and Romy is here now. It took about a day but the boys are having a good time. 







Monday, August 22, 2022

animal rescue and customer service

                                                                                                                          a post by the mom

If you hang out in rescue long enough, you will eventually hear someone say "I get into animal rescue because I don't like people". And others will snicker or whatever.

But in fact the opposite it true - animal rescue is still a PEOPLE oriented service group. Very few aspects of rescue will keep you away from people, though some will allow you to avoid the general public (and maybe that is more what they mean when they say that).

However, I think with that general mindset, some forget that people - the general public - are our most important audience. They share our posts on social media, they are donors, they are adopters. I think sometimes rescues act like they are doing the public a favor. 

Of course, I've had people from the public act that way with me - as though I need to be even more grateful for their attention or ignore things on applications because "they are doing us a favor by adopting". Yeah - not how that works.

But recently I've seen a couple of instances where adoptions could have gone very wrong or not happened at all because of things that were handled badly. Rescues need to remember they can live or die by their reputation - and bad word of mouth spreads much farther and faster then good. I can't begin to tell you the number of people who have told me "bad" rescue stories. 

Don't get me wrong - rescue is hard and sometimes you are catching people on a bad day. I've had it happen. But I think we all need to step back and remember that we are ALL human and we ALL need to get along and take a breath.

So if you are in rescue remember the public sees cute animals not the work that got them ready for adoption. If you are the public remember that rescue is hard and heartbreaking. Let's meet somewhere in the middle.



Monday, August 15, 2022

Happy Birthday Mike

 Mike is 1 year old!!! Break out the treats!

If you would have asked when she came here as a foster, we wouldn't have thought she would celebrate here. But we are glad she is happy and healthy. 

Baby Mike

Last night Mike

We are still looking to get her into her forever home. Mom's friend Heather actually has Mike right now for a couple of weeks. She gets more space and is around other cats all day. She is doing really well but was happy to see mom last night. 




Thursday, August 4, 2022

Quick update

 Winslow and Sedona were adopted TOGETHER! The family has kids and we are optimistic it's a great fit.


Bisbee was also adopted separately. 


Just 3 Arizona kittens to get adopted.

Laredo has a friend. Mom borrowed a kitten from another foster so he can learn to kitten. 

Harvey is at the pet store. Garibaldi is still here and having fun playing with Blueberry who is taking a break from the store. Since they are older they are loose in the house and having a good time.



And Mike is still here doing Mike things.


Stay cool and safe!!

Monday, July 25, 2022

A sea of orange

 We suddenly have a lot of orange arpund here.

Junior of course. One of our permanent residents.

Garibaldi
5 months old, super sweet
Ready to be adopted

Harvey Wallbanger
5 months old
A little shy but ready for a patient home

Pinon
3 months old
Curious and ready for adoption

Laredo
5 weeks old
Still has some growing to do but 
more attitude than he can handle


Monday, July 18, 2022

Weekend event

 The rescue had an adoption event at the local Petsmart this weekend. Mom doesn't mind doing them, but it is tiring. A lot goes in to planning it and then getting there, setting up, talking to people then breaking down. 

It can be hard doing events at pet stores since a lot of people aren't coming in always looking to adopt. But it's good to talk to people about whatever.

Of course, things don't always go as planned. We got a few applications and did send one kitten home.

However, Friday night a long haul trucker stopped in with a small kitten he had found in Texas and had been caring for for a couple of days but realized he was in over his head. Meet Laredo.

The Sunday about an hour after we packed up, someone left a pair of kittens at the store. So they are with us too. 

It's a tough time of year for small rescues: lots of kittens and not always a lot of adoptions. 

Monday, July 11, 2022

Fun event

 ROCK was invited to a yoga studio on Friday for Cats on Mats.

Mom took the Arizona kittens and Mike. Mike got found heaven hanging out with lots of people for a few hours. The yoga studio did a great job of advertising and several peopke walked in and said "it's Mike!"


The kittens werent too sure about the whole idea. They were ok in the cage after a while but freaked out when we let them loose in the yoga room. (In their defense it was the end of the event and there were kids running around)

Lots of people brought donations too.

Mom said it was a great event and she'd be happy to do it again.


Friday, July 1, 2022

Mike's professional pictures

 There is a local photographer who schedules a day to take pet pictures. Chanel has gonna a couple of times. When mom saw that David was taking pictures last weekend, she reserved a spot for Mike.

Mike did really well. The hardest part was she had to be on a box to fit in the frame so mom had to hover to keep Mike from falling off.

We think the pictures turned out great. 






Monday, June 27, 2022

Weekend report

 Well mother nature was weird last week. It was very hot mid week (mid to high 90s) then mid 70s this weekend. We also lost power Tuesday afternoon until early Wednesday morning and it got pretty warm in the condo. Luckily it came back before mom had to make decisions about how we were handling it. 

Our balcony has flowers again the year. It's not covered so it gets warm for mom to sit out there much but the flowers are pretty. And we have a bird feeder to so Mike gets a show.

However with the windows and sliding door open, the Arizona kittens had a good time climbing the screen door.

And Mike got some fresh air and quality bird time.

But of course it got hot again so we are back to closed windows and the cold air machine

Friday, June 24, 2022

Escapees

 We knew it was coming. And yesterday morning it happened: 2 kittens escaped the foster room.


Yep, that's Winslow and Sedona. Mom wasn't very happy that they decided to nap UNDER her chair though. 

The tabby boys haven't figured it out yet, but it's probably only a matter of time. Thankfully they understand the sound of the food can opening so they come running for dinner. Plus they are super friendly 





Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Gotcha

 Mom and her friend took the cat they trapped on Sunday back after surgery on Monday. The goal was to try to catch the momma cat longing to the kittens they got Sunday. Well, in record time Sparkie was in the trap. She is now back with her babies and taking good care of them. She's a little scared but should be adoptable. 

Mom is a tortie and very young....maybe 7 no the old. 4 kittens, 3 girls and 1 boy. 2 black, 1 tortie and a gray.

Oh and mom finally got video of Chanel chasing her tail. 

Monday, June 6, 2022

Adventures

 Everyone here is doing well. Mike and the kittens are getting along pretty well. She gets a little frustrated when they get wound up, but otherwise they are good.


Mom did have an adventure on Sunday. A friend of a friend has some cats she is caring for and of course there are now kittens. Mom and her friend went down and got the younger group of kittens. They then tried to catch mom who isn't feral but is very cautious. No luck. So H is gping to bottle feed and we will try again. But they did catch the other momma (her kittens are older and will be ok until later today) so she's being spayed and released. Then it will be attempt 3 catching the momma cat they need. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Jail break

 In less than a week, the kittens have cleared the panels. Mom heard a strange noise on Saturday and there sat 2 kittens behind the airlock gate. Oh well....at least it was a few days for everyone to get to know each other.


Mike is a little weird about them being loose. She complains when she alone. But she also complains of they run around too fast. We suspect she would do great with an adult past the crazy stage. But she does like them when they are a little more quiet. 

Mesa and Mike

Mesa, Sedona and Bisbee

Mom planted flowers on the balcony. So the new game now is escaping kittens while she waters the plants. (So far the kittens are winning)