Sunday, May 31, 2015

Fire Update...

Confirmed Still Missing

We are praying for our three kitties. 
Still missing from the Oregon fire. 
Pray they are found alive and found away out of the fire.
There is always hope and prayers until found.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Fire Tragedy

  On Friday morning, May 29, 2015 at 5am a fire started at Felines First Rescue in Oregon. Paula Hunsaker, CEO/Founder of Feral Paws Rescue was contacted at 6:02am by Karmen Price of FFR. We were informed about the fire at Jesse Lockwood’s home (she is the founder of FFR).

We were informed that there were 9 cats that perished in the fire. Seven of these cats were from a recent transport to FFR from Feral Paws Rescue Group to find new homes in the Oregon area. All cats were in a holding area where the fire started. The cause is unknown at this time, and is an ongoing investigation.

Right now we are unsure of how many of the FPRG 7 cats actually are dead. Currently the following kitties perished in the fire: Shilo, Lady, Mazzey, (Lady & Mazzey bonded siblings), and Cali Delta. Their little bodies have been taken to Dignified Pets in Oregon for cremation and will be returned to our rescue for their final resting place.

Our rescue is working with FFR in trying to understand what went wrong. We have been told that the cats were allowed to roam free inside the building during nighttime hours. We were told that the windows blew out and we can only pray that maybe someone made it out. There are three we can't account for at this time. I won't give up hope or prayers until we can find them.

This has been horrible news to our rescue group. We are all heart broken and sadden over the news. We never would have imagined anything so horrific would happen.  We will let you know when other developments occur.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Rescue vs Shelter: Andy

What it (sometimes) is like to work in a rescue
 and why we do what we do

The following is from our Feral Paws Rescue Facebook Page (click here) and what I (Paula) had to go through to help this kitty named Andy who was to be put to sleep at 8:01am on May 5th instead of the time the shelter dictated of May 6th! Talk about moving at the speed of light....

"Our rescue is forever grateful for all the kindness and support towards the kitties we are working so hard to save out of the shelters.

This morning was very upsetting when I got an email from the shelter. That to save now known on shelter paper work as Andy, I had only until 8:01AM this morning. The date had been moved up one day earlier then what I thought was to be tomorrow. When I seen this email it was already 7:30 AM this morning. I grabbed a carrier and rushed to the shelter. The rescue coordinator was at the shelter waiting. I was then informed that someone wanted to adopt this kitty. Being very puzzled at this point to what is going on with the kitty. I questioned an injured cat with two broken legs and wound issues on his back. Has adopter? I was then told to go on over to the shelter hospital and the rescue coordinator would come on to that area after talking with a supervisor. The hospital staff came out to the area I was at and asked for my carrier. I informed them that I was waiting to find out for sure if I was going to rescue this kitty or it was going to a private adopter. The hospital staff informed me “This cat can’t go to a private adopter! This cat is injured and needs medical attention.” Then I was informed that the interested adopter would be informed that the cat went to rescue. The shelter would at that time decide if to let the interested adopter know what rescue had the cat.

In the mean time while this was all going on I was texting my rescue vet that I was pulling the injured cat right then. I was informed by our rescue vet to get him over to the office As soon as I get him out of the shelter. On the shelter paper work the cat was named Andy. Then on one shelter form listed as a female and then on another form listed as a male. When checked by our rescue vet Andy was a male not neutered. Our vet believes Andy is about a year old. What a sweet loving boy he is. Even in all the pain he is in Andy was amazing sweet. He can’t stand at all on either front leg. Our rescue vet examined Andy from head to toe. Then our vet took X-Rays several different ways on his front legs. Found that both legs had several fractures. Our rescue vet informed me that the breaks are very bad and is going to take a lot to get Andy back on his feet again. A staff person from Emergency Vet Hospital in our area came in and looked at Andy and was not happy to see that Andy was like this for days with out treatment.

Now the plan for medical treatment was explained to me by our rescue vet. Andy would have to have pins in both legs and a skin graft on his back area. While under, Doc would also neuter him as well. Andy will have a long recovery at this time. I left the vets office at 12 noon while they were preparing Andy for surgery. I will be going back and picking up Andy later today"

As you now know, Andy has received medical treatment from our rescue vet and Doc has worked miracles. I think our question would be this: Why would CCSPCA continue to employee a person who has specifically told me that they don't like cats! Why would an animal be allowed to go through so much pain for so many days, and particularly jerk around a rescue that immediately wanted to rescue this cat ~ only to be given the continued run-around on the day we rescued the animal? Is this animal cruelty? Is this ineptitude by one employee of a respected organization? You decide. Or speak up if you've a mind to be a voice for animals in shelters everywhere. 

With your continued donations, we will fight for the rights of animals and rescue as many as our donations allow. Thank you for your continued support of our small rescue. 
Read More:
Andy's Medical Progress  (2nd post)
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Andy's Medical Progress...


Andy continues to make progress (see photos + x-ray, and his story here). He is coming home to our rescue over the weekend for some intensive tender loving care, and then on Monday he will return to the vet for a checkup. You can see by the photo we've posted that he has both front legs wrapped and carefully cared for. We can't thank our rescue vet enough for all his wonderful care and protection for our little Andy. (Kings Canyon Veterinary Foundation) We'll post updates as he progresses.

Meantime, here are the emails between our rescue and the shelter, starting on April 30th...remember that Andy had 2 broken legs at that time!
From the Shelter
Hi Paula
this is a very nice Siamese cat that came in as a stray. It appears that both front legs are fractured. He was found with a brick fence on his front legs that caused the fracture. Idk if you are willing to take on a medical case as this or not. He would need to be picked up on 5/6 at preferably 8am.
Our hospital can do x rays as well. if you want this done with our hospital it will run about $300 in cost to your rescue.

Then I asked
Is this cat getting any treatment at the shelter for the fractures on the front legs? Why can’t I rescue this cat NOW?

Answer from the shelter
It has probably been given medicine for the pain but then maybe nothing is being give to the cat. Was dropped off at the shelter as a stray and legally not our property to do anything with it. Since we are planning on putting the cat down on the 5/6 at 8am we won’t put any money into this cat at this time. This cat has to be held until time is up for rescue to step up that is 5/6
May 4th from me to the shelter
my vet has expressed that he NEEDS all medical information on this kitty to review if we are able to rescue this hurt kitty can you fax to our rescue vet any medical reports to review? So this kitty is hurt and in the shelter hospital and not being treated ?

From the shelter now more on this cat
Hi Paula
He also has an open wound on his bum, it’s pretty big! Staff said he must’ve opened it last night. Staff clipped and cleaned him and put powder on it. There is little to no history on this cat except the vx we gave him when he came in. Not until 5/6 @ 8am, then I can forward over what we were able to do for him. We usually just monitor pain, eating, drinking and bowel movements remember he has to be rescued and confirmed by 8am on 5/6 for at 8:01 he will be put down

Andy as he looked at the CCSPCA with 2 broken front legs!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Rescued Kitty with 2 Broken Legs!


Our rescue has been working non stop to save this kitty from a local shelter since April 30th. For many days they have left this cat to suffer with 2 broken legs, and other injuries. Finally on May 5th I was told to be at the shelter by 8am or at 8:01am the cat would be put to sleep! What a way to run a shelter, huh?  So naturally I was there bright and early on May 6th to rescue this kitty, then we were off to our Rescue Veterinarian.

(click on photos to view larger)

This kitty is a complete love-bug! He is so forgiving from what he's been through, and still purr's and meows (see video) and is very aware that people are trying to help him get better.

We hope to find him a good, SAFE, and loving home in the near future. If you are interested in this kitty, please contact us.

If you would like to make a donation toward his medical care and rescue-care upkeep, we (and he) would certainly appreciate it! 

To donate or ask about adoption, please:  CONTACT US 

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Monday, May 4, 2015

May 2015: Cat of the Month!

Meet Andy!

I am an amazingly beautiful cat, if I do say so myself!
I'm 3 years old, female, and very healthy (fully vetted).
I'm declawed.
I was surrendered to the CCSPCA.
If I have one problem, it is this:
If you rub me too much, 
I tend to get overstimulated
and I might bite. 
Otherwise I'm a great kitty in search of a 
safe and loving home.

If you are interested in adopting me:

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