Early last week we received a phone call from a man who had 17 cats and kittens which he needed to find a home for right away. He told us that if he couldn’t find a place for them in the next few days he would be forced to have them euthanized…we knew that he was serious.
At the time of the call the Sanctuary was FULL, we couldn’t see how we could take in any more, but we also couldn’t let these animals die for no reason. We agreed to take them.
None of these cats were spayed/neutered, none had been vaccinated, some were ill. Our first priority was to get treatment for the ill kitties, then find a way to spay, neuter and vaccinate the healthy kitties. We had no idea how we were going to handle all of this on top of our already full Sanctuary!
But as is many times the case, when crisis strikes, there are amazing people willing to step up and lend a hand!
One of the first to help, a wonderful woman who has helped our Shelter so many times before, was Tia Rosetti-Mills. She spread the word through her group, the PNW Animal Welfare Project and people began stepping up to help. Tia also offered to cover the cost of supplies and for fuel to get the kitties transported.
Janet Reed of Angel Paws, a non-profit organization that helps dog owners in Pend Oreille County, called Dr. Michelle Ward and together they arranged it so that if we could get the kitties to them in NewPort, which is about 2 hours from the Sanctuary, Dr. Ward would spay, neuter and vaccinate them for us for free!
So bright and early on Saturday morning, we loaded our newly donated Toyota 4Runner with 14 kitties and headed for the Lucky Us Ranch in Newport.
Dr. Michelle Ward has a mobile clinic which offers most services found in a traditional veterinary office as well as house calls and after-hours emergency care. She parked her “office” at the Lucky Us Ranch and we met her, along with Janet and a few of her friends, Teresa and Debbie, who offered to help.
We arrived at the site at 10:15am and proceeded to transfer all the kitties into the surgery. Dr. Ward checked everyone over, got their weights, determined that 2 of the 14 kitties were not well enough for surgery. By 11:00am she was working on the first spay. She did 6 spays and 6 neuters in all.
Dr. Ward finished the last spay at 3:00pm, we then took a 20 minute lunch break and had some pizza.
After lunch she began with the neuters.
By 5:45pm all the kitties were awake and recovered enough to begin our journey home.
Once again, we want to thank everyone who has stepped up to the plate and helped during this crisis. Just when we start feeling like the world is a cold dark place and no one cares about anything but themselves anymore…amazing people like these prove us wrong and restore our faith in man.
I would also like to thank the supporters and members of our FaceBook page. They are always there to offer help and encouragement for the shelter and the animals.