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27 September 2012 @ 05:56 pm
This Was My Day..... and all before 9AM  
We have a lot of feral cats around the area I work. Some are feral from birth, others are dumped and abandoned pets. We, and the business across from us, feed them, make sure they have water. Over the last few months, we've been working with the lady assigned to this area by Best Friends (which is an amazing organization, and one I've supported for many years.), to trap, spay, release, so we don't find anymore litters of newborn kittens. So that's the backstory.

This morning, we came to work, and there was a considerable amount of blood at the top part of the driveway/building. The VP of our company was making his quarterly visit, so I planned to do a tour of the area after I got the office day started, dreading what I thought I'd find, but knowing it had to be done. Neither my boss or my assistant - the ones who had discovered the blood - had seen anything around that area. About twenty minutes later, two of my techs came in to get me telling me there was a cat dragging itself by its front feet, at the other end of the building, in amongst the ladders and stuff we keep there, and they think she was hit by a car. I run out, see the cat, see her ear is tipped, telling me she's one of the ferals that have been trapped and released. Her back legs aren't moving, and there's blood on them. I want to help, but also don't want to be bitten by an injured wild animal. But she doesn't try and get away from me, she's actually trying to pull herself closer. So I throw caution to the wind and get down on the ground with her, and still no growling or fear. She then presses herself against my leg. I immediately start stroking her and she even starts to try and purr. I tell the techs to get M, my assistant out here so she can help (she's been part of the trapping enterprise.) I tell M to bring out the trap we have in the office, and the sheet that covers it so I can wrap her ad put her in till we can get help. Kittie lets me wrap her up, lets me pick her up, showing no fear. I place her in the cage, and M gives her some cat food, which she starts to scarf down. M gets a hold of the Best Friends rep, R, and she drops everything to come out to us. She calls a local rescue contact first, but is told no vet in St George will even look at a feral cat. So she calls Best Friends, and they have her examine the cat as best she can and tell them what she's seeing. They say, bring her in. Now the sanctuary is two hours from us, in Kanab, but R just canceled her planned day and said she'd take her in.

This afternoon, we got a call, and the kittie made it! She has a fractured pelvis, and something else I couldn't make out on the speaker phone. One leg will never work again, and she'll need physical therapy. There's also the possibility she'll be incontinent. So, they asked me if I'd be willing to take her if she isn't incontinent (her bladder would have to be manually emptied several times a day, and I'm at work.) They said she was an angel the entire time with the vets and clinic staff, and that she'll never be an outdoor cat again, but because of her behaviour, she will adapt to being a pet. Of course, if it works out, I'll take her. We're bonded now, just holding her tiny broken body. She trusted me at her most vulnerable. I started to cry when they called and said they were able to help her.

So that was my day. I need a drink now!
layla_aaron: Charming Bebop (me)luscious_words on September 28th, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
*hugs you like WHOA!* You are a beautiful angel, and this post makes me love you even more. *blows a kiss* Thank you for being you!!!
Ith: Art - Lily Pondithildyn on September 30th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
All I did was be there for her. I hope I can be her forever home. [HUGS]
pat: wc blue eyespat_t on September 28th, 2012 12:03 am (UTC)
You are one of the kindest, most generous ladies I've had the pleasure to be a friend of. That poor kitty and all the others who are just thrown away break my heart.
Ith: Art - Wildwoodithildyn on September 30th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
It breaks my heart too.
cincoflexcincoflex on September 28th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
You are a saint, woman. And that cat is one in a million--I am so glad you found each other!
Ith: Art - Callanishithildyn on September 30th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
I'm just glad Best Friends stepped in. If I'd been forced to call animal control, all they would have done was put her down. I have so many rescue cats at home already, but as my mum say, what's one more? :)
Pantherapanthology on September 28th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
*Just sobbing*
Ith: Japan - Chicksithildyn on September 30th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
spockside on September 28th, 2012 05:15 am (UTC)
Blessings on you, the vets, your buddies, and most of all The Cat Who Lived.
Ith: Japan - Blue Girlithildyn on September 30th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
She was definitely a fighter!
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on September 28th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
Hurrah to you for helping the cat.

And I'm going to contact Best Friends now.

Ith: Japan - Tea Girlsithildyn on September 30th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Yay! They do good work. If it turns out I can't be her forever home, I'll be her guardian angel sponsor.
ms_artisanms_artisan on September 28th, 2012 10:24 am (UTC)
Oh hon, hugs to you for taking such care of her.

If it helps at all, my cat also broke her pelvis (similar signs -- she dragged herself up 3 steps and in through a cat door to get home in the middle of the night and we found her next morning in her basket). The vet told us that it wasn't as awful an injury for a cat as for some animals (his words were 'you only have to put two cat bones in the same room for them to heal'). Anyway he thought she'd be fine, so we went ahead with the surgery and she was! It took a while and she wasn't allowed to jump for weeks, but she recovered really well (died of old age at 19 :). So, fingers crossed for your furball.
Ith: Art - 100 Acre Woodithildyn on September 30th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
That cheers me immensely! I couldn't make out what else was broken on the speaker phone, but hopefully, it'll heal up!
sarahwinks7985 on September 28th, 2012 10:34 am (UTC)
you warm my heart. you really do.
Ith: Art - Wildwoodithildyn on September 30th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
[HUGS] back!
lillie: waterfalllilliew on September 28th, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ hugs }}}}}}}}}}}}}}
Ith: Art - Ring of Brodgar  Orkneyithildyn on September 30th, 2012 12:37 am (UTC)
red_moon_ on September 28th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
I'm just so happy that the cat survived. I hope she will recover from her injuries as much as possible. Poor thing.
Ith: Japan - Chicksithildyn on September 30th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
I hope so too.
Queen of Sassgard: burdenedstarhawk2005 on September 28th, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
Awwwww! *hugs you* If you have the room, and if she's not incontinent, I hope you'll be able to take her, she sounds like a sweetie!
Ith: Art - Lily Pondithildyn on September 30th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
I hope so too.
lizbet0lizbet0 on September 29th, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for all your work with the feral cats! Please pass along my thanks to everyone else who helped out with Kittie today. I'll be praying for her!
Ith: What's Left - Danger Kittenithildyn on September 30th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
enchantersnight: willow/taraenchantersnight on September 29th, 2012 07:17 am (UTC)
*hugs* knew there was a reason I loved you :)
Ith: Art - Ring of Brodgar  Orkneyithildyn on September 30th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
Laurie of the Isles1_mad_squirrel on October 1st, 2012 05:40 am (UTC)
OMG my heart just clenched!

Hugs you hard and sends good thoughts for kitty.
dejladejla on October 2nd, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's so wonderful! I am glad to hear she's gonna make it -- and even more that she recognizes people as helpful, and responds to kind treatment!

Poor little kitty. We don't ever let the cats out at home -- some of the cars run this street like the Indianapolis races.