Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Crazy Weeks & New Additions

Wow, these last couple weeks have been a blur! Between setting up for & working a big local festival, the regular work weeks, hiring & training 2 new employees, things going on every night after work, and Adam getting sick with a fever & diarrea (sp?) things have been crazy! And to think Joe was originally going to be out of state during all of this- oh my! That would have been a nightmare!

In the midst of all of that, last week one of the guys in our department found some baby kittens that someone had tied up in a trashbag and threw away at one of the parks!!! He heard them crying and found them and saved them. They had all 5 kittens in a box at one of our facilities for 1/2 a day, and my co-worker and I just happened to go by there to unload some things from the festival. At the time I was thinking there's no way Joe would go for it since they would have to be inside and he has said before that we are never having indoor pets again. But, I mentioned them to him anyway, and to my surprise he said if noone else at work will take them we could take one. (he really is an animal lover and has a soft spot for situations like this). I emailed the lady who had them by her desk and told her if she couldn't find homes we'd take one. Well, unfortunately she didn't get my email until after she had dropped the 3 remaining kitties at the Humane Society. Then we found out that the Humane Society was only going to keep them for 5 days and then they would be killed, never even having the chance for someone to adopt them. So my co-worker and I were on a mission to save these kitties. But now that they were at the Humane Society they had to go through all the procedures and rules and official adoption, etc. They said that even if we want them, that they can't be adopted until they are fixed, and they can't be fixed until they are 2 lbs, and they can't hold them at the shelter that long waiting for them to get that big. So, unless they could find someone to foster them until they were big enough that they would be killed anyway, and they felt that the chances of someone fostering them were slim. How frustrating that a couple of us were willing to take them in and give them a home, but because of all the "rules" they were going to be killed anyway! So, my co-worker continued to email with one of the employees about it (she knew her from a program we had done with them in the past) and eventually the director of the Humane Society agreed that she would foster the kitties at her house until they were big enough to be fixed/adopted, if we turned in an application and put a deposit down. If they didn't receive that by Saturday then the kitties were going to be put down. I talked Joe into us taking 2 of them, since kittens do better growing up in 2's together anyway, and since that way the boys won't "fight over" just one, and so that we weren't leaving one to die. My co-worker was able to talk another of our co-workers who had already taken 1 of the kitties before they ended up at the shelter, into taking another. So, we think all 5 kitties have been saved now. Whew! I stopped by Friday morning and put our deposit down and turned in our application. Adam went with me and he loved the kitties! They are still very tiny (about 1 pound at most), and we will have to wait a few more weeks before they can come home. But at least their lives have been saved...again.

I can't believe anyone could tie up live kittens in a trashbag and just throw them away. How sad and awful. Thank goodness the guy found them fairly quickly before they died. Anyway, I took a couple pictures while we were there visiting the kitties Friday. See below. We are taking the one that has white and buff colors, and one of the solid buff colored ones.

Sorry I haven't been around lately, things are just crazy. I'm really hoping that everything will slow back down. I will try to catch up soon.

1 comment:

Frog Thinks said...

Awww.. Our shelter holds them for a month I think.. The one in Boise is a no-killing one. I could never do cats though- allergic. BUT- I am an avid person of adopting thru the shelter. Junior was a most awesome dog. Enjoy your pets!