The Herd Archives

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cat Thursday...the rescue herd...

Welcome to the weekly meme hosted by The True Book Addict that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats!

Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy!
~~~~~*~**~**~**~*~~~~~

Hello kittens! I'm back from my trip (had a great time!) and *knock on wood* hopefully life will calm down a bit over here :)

Decided to use some of my own photos for this week's Cat Thursday. Each of these babies were part of my rescue at one point or another.

Otis. This guy turned out to be HUGE and have short hair. LOL You just never know how they'll grow up. 


This little cutie was Penguin. He and his siblings were terrors but so darling. 

Blue was part of our color set. Blackie, Blue, Sage, Violet and Brownie.
They were bottle babies and the worst litter trainers. We'd put them in the box and they'd jump out and immediately piddle on the floor. smh. Gotta love kittens. My mom ended up adopting Sage :) 

This is my Gracie who now lives with her grandmom because neither of us are willing to spend 10 hours in the car moving her back to my house. I took her down to FL 4 years ago and it was such a nightmare she ended up staying. She honest to goodness meowed (like frantic panting/meowing) for 10 straight hours. 10. 10 people. That is a LOT of meowing. LOL

Gracie has only one eye. I think the vet school here used her as a "lesson" because the reason we were given for the removal was bogus. And why would a county shelter (they have a deal with the vet school for spays/neuters) pay for a surgery when she was just going to be pts if no one pulled her (and she wasn't available to the public- only rescues)? Grrr.

But she's a happy fat girl now and not one bit bothered. Gracie was the resident "mom" at the rescue for years and mothered over 20 orphan kittens. She still has that tendency to be the "mom" to new arrivals :)

Carson was one of our FIV+ kitties and one that remained in the family once he was here. 
FIV kitties tend to have a very hard time getting adopted because of old medical opinions. Really they can be very healthy kitties and live normal lifespans. They can even live with FIV negative kitties with no problems if they are social and get along with others. :)

So those are some of our rescue herd. 

Do yall have rescue babies? 





27 comments:

  1. Really cute and i'm sure they are all happy to have met you^^

    i temporarily rescued two ( oki 3) one "danger" got his name because it was terrified of eveything, he has been beaten so he needed calm but he got to become a fabulous persan cat^^;

    neko; it was cat from the neighbour but he was in such a state that i was moved and took him in. i spend hours trying to kill all teh vermines he has in his fur because of that he was undernurished but he was a really friendly litle boy

    pupuce, black cat that someone just decided she didn't want anymore ( stupid human) we took her in and she became fast friend with my first dog ( thus tried to make the new one behave badly so he would be punished^^;;)she lived a long life and her disppearance was hard on us all

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw Miki I'm glad you were there for all of them. It sounds like they really needed someone just like you!

      Oh it is so hard to lose them. We've had a few disappear over the years and it's very hard not knowing what happened and that they're safe. I always hope they are and just decided it was time to move on somewhere new.

      Delete
  2. I adore this post! I fostered a few dogs for rescue but had to stop because I became too attached too quickly and adopting them out was very traumatic for me. Now we foster kitties and nursing mom's for the local humane society. They are overloaded and though my local shelter is wonderful and well staffed, a shelter is just not a safe place for young babies. Two from the last litter refused to use the litter box too and preferred to hide somewhere to go. I tried everything. I even had four boxes in the room. It was a lot of work keeping up with them but they were all adopted out quickly. I just hope the adopters have patience with the box training. I'd hate to see them back in the shelter because of it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It can be really hard letting them go. It took me a couple years and hundreds of adoptions before I could get through an adoption (and home) without tears. Still every once in a while it really gets me.

      That's awesome you help with the mom's and litters. That's always really in need around here and so few people are willing. Glad they got adopted quickly! I've sent some into homes before praying for patience for the new family too. LOL. It's so funny how some of the babies end up being so stubborn about it.

      Good luck with your current (or next) charges!

      Delete
  3. Thanks for sharing. We've had some FIV+ kitties ourselves, and they lived for years with our FIV- kitties, no problems. We've also had a cat with one eye, a cat with 3 legs, a cat with epilepsy. Yep, all sorts, and they all had long, fun lives.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw sounds like your house (and herd) is a lot like mine! We've done the 3 legged kitty too. No epilepsy here but we've gone through some other odd things. They're all so special aren't they? Thanks for taking in the little ones who are a little special :)

      Delete
  4. First of all, I'm glad you had a great trip and are home safe. =O)

    Secondly, I commend you on your rescue efforts. These kitties are all beautiful and deserve(d) good, safe homes, as all kitties (puppies, ferrets, etc., etc.) do. I haven't been in a position to take in rescues, especially now that I'm living with mom, but maybe someday. My problem is I want to keep them all. ;O)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Michelle! I'm glad we got home too. Had a great time but you know I missed my herd while we were away!

      And oh how I know that "problem". I've ended up with a decent sized herd at the house because of just that. Love em all though :)

      Delete
  5. Aww they are so adorable. Not from a shelter but; I have two that were rescued as strays. One Charlie throw him outside to fend for himself cause she didn't want him. My daughter brought him to my house. He's a big boy-16lbs and has cronic colds which the vet and I are trying to get him more healthy. And Tubby kept coming around. Toke him in. Thought he was small kitten. He was covered in fleas and so dirty and hungry. Real friendly. When he went to the vet she thought he was more like 7 months old. He was so tiny. Now he healthy and spayed. Lives indoors. He's sassy too. If you scold him he scolds right back. LOL. Had to get more toys and such as in the mornings he goes through his wild streak. Funny boy. My 3 others(Cashew,Garfield,Squeaky)I got from people who had kittens. Back then when I got them I really didn't know about all the unwanted kitties in shelters.
    Sue B

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Meant to say a lady threw him outside to fend for his self.

      Delete
    2. I just don't understand how people can do that. I'm so glad your daughter was able to bring him home to you! I've got 2 (siblings) that have the chronic cold I think from a hard start in life. They're 9 now and we've never really been able to get them over it but thankfully it really doesn't keep them down. Hope your vet finds something for your baby!!

      That is SO funny about Tubby scolding you back. I love the babies that have a little fire in them.

      Delete
  6. Our neighbors dog rescued a kitten that was born in her garage last summer/early fall. She let him eat her dog food and drink her water. It was the cutest thing to watch this herding breed with a tiny kitten. My neighbor is elderly and doesn't get out in her yard much so she didn't know about the kitten. As soon as I saw it I picked up some kitten food and started feeding and getting it used to me. It took a while but the kitten would try and follow the neighbor dog when I took her walking. He would follow the dog into my yard when I brought her over for playtime with my Great Dane. Both dogs love the kitten. When he finally let me pick him up and I found out he was a "him" I named him Max. Soon he started following me because I'm the food giver and moved into my yard. Next thing I know is he's following my dog in the house when we got back from our early morning run. Now he's an indoor/outdoor (when he wants) cat. It didn't take him long to figure out how to go in and out the dog door! He loves hanging out with the dogs and lays around on their floor pillow with them. All 3 of our Danes are rescues also. My husband and I decided that since children were not in our future we would adopt rescue animals. We've had several cats, dogs, and even a couple of ferrets over the past 30 years.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh my goodness Susan that is so incredibly cute! That would have made the best video! I bet the Danes all together are something else. I love a big dog. My last pup ended up being 140 pounds at his top weight. He was a great boy. Yay for yall and your rescue babies. That's really great :)

      Delete
  7. Thus the name of your blog. They would get in your heart every time.
    My Kitty was born on a farm. My ex SIL had quite a few cats there to help keep mice and rats down. Well my brother had her first, but then he used to be away all the time, so instead of just going over to feed her, we brought her back to our house and then we didn't want her to go home.
    My parents got their kitty as a rescue kitty through the local vet. She was very skittish, well she still is really, but at least she is used to them now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL yup. That's how that bit came about :)

      Aw I'm glad to hear your parents gave a skittish kitty a home. They have such a hard time but can be such sweeties.

      And LOL at keeping his kitty! My momma and yall would get along great! When I went home a couple years back to help with a grandparent my mom ended up keeping a couple of mine. They just weren't "ready to come home" in her opinion ;)

      Delete
  8. This is a great post. I have two kitties we adopted.

    Cookie kept turning up on our doorstep insisting she come inside. Eventually, we did let her come in (we already had 2 cats so we had to get her to a vet first and make sure she was healthy - she was)and she's been in charge ever since.

    We adopted Trudy from one of the shelters. She was at the shelter for four months before we took her. She gave birth to a litter of kitties and they were all adopted. She was the one that was left and we loved her. We still do.

    Both my girls are so sweet and loving.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw Yvonne that's wonderful. The little mama's like Trudy are some of my favorites. I always love seeing them find homes like their babies did. LOL and good for Cookie! Girly knew a good thing when she saw it! Love the the little ones!

      Delete
  9. Both of my cats are rescues. Tweak was found by a friend's son-in-law in his industrial work place with an acid burn on his front leg, at about 6 weeks old. They took him in and healed him, but due to having 3 other cats who already did not get along well, they HAD to find him a home. He spent almost a month with them, living in a cage so the other cats couldn't hurt him. I saw her post on a Fri night, that if not homed by the weekend he would go to a shelter on Monday. I had him by Sunday :) He was still sooo tiny. It amazeds me how much he has grown in the 4 months I've had him..he's HUGE! So sweet and loving and gets along great with my dogs.

    Zebbie, on the other hand, does NOT like the dogs...or Tweak, for that matter. One of the sweetest cats I've ever rescued as an adult rescue, but very freaish around any other animals. He was found living in the crawl-space under my work, and my boss gave him a week while we fed him and loved on him every day. She dad a poster and put his pic on facebook for the township page, but nobody claimed him. She said he had to go to a shelter after the weekend, so he came home with me that night. He lives in my laundry closet during the day with his own food and water, and comes out at night when Tweak and the dogs are sleeping or in the early morning when the dogs are at the park and Tweak goes outside. His choice..the door is open partway. He has a bed on the dryer and gets attention anytime someone goes in the bathroom lol.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw yay for you being there for them! It really amazes me the things they can survive and get through. And oh my word. Yeah at Tweaks age they grow so darn fast!

      I'm glad Zebbie found yall. It sounds like he's a pretty content boy with his own room. Awesome of yall to let him just be him :)

      Delete
  10. Oh, Anna, they are all beautiful! Thank you for sharing them with us. (((HUGS)))

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Leah! They all have the personality to match their good looks too :) Great babies!

      Delete
  11. Thanks for those pictures Anna, and I do admire you for the great work you do. I do love animals, but am so terribly allergic to them. I do have some secondhand birds to spoil though.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh my word. I cannot imagine being allergic to them! Glad you've got secondhand birdies. LOL Love that!

      Delete
  12. Once upon a time in college, I had a bunch of friends over, so we ordered pizza. The pizza guy delivered two medium cheeses, one large pepperoni, and a cat. >.>

    To be more exact, the cat (neutered) had been so hungry he followed the smell of pizza right into the apartment. Skinny as a rail, with a collar line where his collar hadn't been adjusted as he'd gotten bigger, super friendly. So we fed him tuna and sent him home to my roommate's vet tech mother (the apartment didn't allow pets), and after I moved out I adopted him. Although we thought he was full-grown when he wandered in, he kept growing, and is now a very large, very handsome, very healthy and happy cat.

    I later adopted him a friend to keep him company at a no-kill shelter. She's an absolute lap kitty and sweet as button--and now toothless due to habitual bad teeth. He considers her his squeaky toy, but she really just wants to cuddle.

    Speaking of rescues, my friend's a vet tech who often finds herself nose-to-whiskers with animals in terrible situations. She fosters one or two at a time, which is pretty much as many as the house can hold, and just started a blog to help them get adopted--NC people, if you want a pet, look up "Happy Tails for Life" run by Nyssa Mehana!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw that's quite the delivery! Glad he's grown into a happy healthy boy :) LOL at him him using her as a squeaky toy. He'd probably get along really well with my Jeremy who likes to make all the girls here squeal.

      Delete

I always enjoy hearing what YOU think so come on and leave a comment. Everyone's welcome :) And feel free to leave comments on old posts. I'll check in on you there too :)

Bloggers don't forget to leave your links!
~Anna