A tail of Independence Day
Spot’s work in rescue is growing, especially in transport and foster care. A recent success story unfolded over the 4th of July weekend.
It started with a Saturday alert that unless 17 cats were evacuated from a hoarding situation in Gearhart Oregon, they would be euthanized that Tuesday.
Many got to work, lighting up the email and phone networks. Little by little, 3 steps forward, 2 steps back, it all came together, thanks to hardworking animal lovers with hardcore dedication, and a bunch who hung in, passed the message, exercised extreme patience and dodged frustration from repeatedly bumping into walls and delays.
In the end, success. Many happy hearts and 18 now safe, happy kitties. Great kudos and appreciation to Kim, and to all who contributed to bringing this process to a happy close.
. . . As often happens, the gentleman in Gearhart set out with only the best intentions — to help cats in need. The situation soon became overwhelming, and problems were multiplying. A police officer and animal advocate in Gearhart had been working with the man trying to resolve the situation, and were approaching exhaustion.
This type of work is hit and miss, especially during holidays. Some replies are immediate, some very slow in coming. The work is often frustrating and thankless. Luckily, what keeps many involved in this working is their ginormous hearts.
. . . So two rock stars from Tillamook, Mary and Adah, headed in late Saturday, pulling EIGHTEEN cats from the chaos and filth, including a mama with 4 kittens who reportedly was so stressed she’d been licking the kittens bald. While they had immediate shelter for the cats, they were seeking fosters (and still are). A woman, Jayme of Albany, volunteered to foster the mother and kittens.
The original need was to transport the cats from Gearhart to Tillamook. After Adah and Mary made their heroic sweep, the need that remained unfilled was getting mama and kittens from Tillamook to Albany. Kim Gorman of Eugene stepped up. Here is a little journal wrapup from her 4th of July adventure. . . .
Kim recruited her niece Kelsey (14) to ride along and help. Leg 1 of the trip: Eugene → Corvallis for carriers. Leg 2 → to Kim’s hometown Monmouth . . .where the car broke down! Family came to the rescue, and loaner rig provided. Leg 3 → Bay City (Tillamook) to get mama and kittens.
“When we arrived, Mary and Adah were tirelessly working on all the rescue cats — trimming nails, combing out fleas (hundreds!), and giving medicine. We were impressed with their operation and the skill and ease with which they tended to the many cats and kittens. Their commitment and dedication is impressive and admirable! We enjoyed visiting with them and touring their enchanting menagerie. We would have loved to have stayed longer, but had to get back on the road. Mary and Adah, you are industrious angels!
We drove down 101, enjoying the beautiful scenery. While I was busy driving, Kelsey nestled in the back seat sandwiched between two carriers, taking turns holding and playing with the cats and kittens. I could hear contented purrs from the driver's seat! Everyone in the back was in heaven. Kelsey fell in love with all the kitties, and vice versa. I’m so glad she came with me, as she was instrumental in ensuring the cats had a stress-free trip to their new home.
Very late that night, we returned to Corvallis to meet up with Jayme and her two girls. The handoff took place and the kitties all traveled a few more miles to their wonderful foster home with Jayme and her family."
Kim closed this note to all who connected (and stayed connected) to this situation from the moment they learned of it.
“It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with all of you in this endeavor! Here are some pictures for your enjoyment. Please keep me updated on all the cats and their outcomes for new homes."
Spot has begun building a network of fosters and transporters. If you have a heart for this work, please let us know! There’s a contact form to get connected by clicking here.
A vital aspect of this effort is identifying existing resources in an effort to maximize them while eliminating redundancy. The ultimate goal: saving time, money and lives.
We’re asking all animal advocates, shelter and humane society staff to lend their 2 cents to the conversation by clicking here. Your input is invaluable. Please help Spot help!
Thanks to everyone involved in this effort for lending your time, your well wishes, helping hands and hearts. What a great community!