As 2019 comes to an end, we take time to enjoy the joys of the season with friends (both two and four-legged), good food and drink, music, and a deep gratitude for the blessings that came to us in 2019, and optimism for the coming new year. This has been a good year for our little cat rescue. Although we have lost a couple of beloved animals (see below), most of the cats in our shelter remain healthy. We have welcomed several new people to join our volunteers, and all our volunteers remind us daily just how wonderful and generous people can be.
We hope you and your animals have a joyous and safe holiday season, and would like to remind you to ensure your kitties’ safety as well as your own. Make sure they don’t get out during holiday visits. Consider setting up a safe room, with food, water, and litter box, for them during parties and gatherings. Protect them from eating Christmas ornaments, and consider skipping tinsel, which cats will often eat, and which can damage the intestines. Most importantly, never let your cat drive if they’ve had too much catnip (just kidding).
For additional ideas see: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/holiday-safety-tips.
Project Apollo remains one of our signature projects. We have supported this feral colony since Fabulous Felines’ early years, and the colony remains stable. A few new ferals have arrived, and our Kitty Angel (a wonderful lady who lives in the neighborhood and oversees day to day activities) is catching them for neutering and shots. We continue to provide help with food, supplies, and expenses. The colony cats continue to enjoy food and shelter.
The foster house kitties are happy and healthy, and thanks to our volunteers, have plenty of human friends to provide care, affection, and play. However, they are growing older. We continue to treat special needs kitties for their ailments and provide them with the best veterinary care. Even so, sometimes there is nothing more even our veterinarians can do, and this year we have said goodbye to two of our favorite cats.
Ian was an outgoing, friendly cat, in spite of his many medical issues. A wonderful volunteer took on the responsibility of managing his diabetes, going to the foster house early each morning (often before dawn) to test his blood and administer insulin. We had to let Ian go when an untreatable inflammation of the soft tissue in his throat and trachea made it increasingly hard for him to breathe. Ian was a greeter, a lap cat, a beggar of food, and an emotional support cat for Gus, an emotionally scarred rescue who came to depend on Ian for comfort and security (see the picture to right). Many people think cats are solitary creatures, but Ian and Gus’ friendship is one more example of the depth of feline friendships. Although Gus has grieved since Ian’s passing, our volunteers have comforted him with extra attention.
We also said goodbye to Django, who was everyone’s favorite cat. Born with only three legs, we rescued him as part of Project Apollo, and realized he could not be returned to the colony. In spite of being born feral, he soon became one of the friendliest cats in the foster house. He was also one of the bravest cats we have ever seen, climbing cat trees with the best of his mates, and generally asserting himself as the Alpha cat. Like Ian, Django was a greeter, a demander of attention, a presence, and one of the smartest cats in the foster house (the only one who figured out a treat dispenser).
We would like to end with a most sincere thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers and supporters who share in our work to bring comfort to the fabulous kitties. Your support allows us to care for the kitties whose home is in the colony we support through Project Apollo, and the foster house kitties. Because of the expensive end of life care we gave Ian and Django, this year has been particularly costly. We thank you all for your generous and wonderful support, and hope you will consider Fabulous Felines in your year’s end giving plans.