This week I'm devoting my posts to writing about being thankful. Today, at the risk of sounding, well, mushy . . . , I want to acknowledge EVERYBODY connected to this blog. I have been in lots of groups of people over the years of my life. What continues to amaze me about the people who read this blog and support this work is that EVERY SINGLE ONE of you is a person I would call fantastic. I am blessed with a group of animal-loving friends, through this blog, who have been a source of encouragement for over three years of this rescue work. You've supported ME while I try to support the animals who end up in my care. You cheer with me when there is a success; you feel with me when there is a loss. I feel you out there, Friends.
I am blessed with and grateful for wonderful friends (YOU). Happy Thanksgiving Wednesday.
Not long ago, I added a Wish List to my sidebar. Friends had been encouraging me to get a Wish List; they told me this would make it easier for people to know what the Winnie's Wish kitties needed. Well, the Wish List was a hit! Today, I am grateful for the fulfilled Wishes that Winnie's Wish has received as a result of the new Wish List. But it extends much beyond that. I am thankful for EVERY gift that has EVER been received here at Winnie's Wish. Each and every one has been amazing, and it is because of donations over the years that this rescue operation is still afloat. Your monetary gift, your brick order, your decision to grant a Wish, your package – there is nothing I can say that truly expresses how much all of this means to me and the Winnie's Wish kitties. And what makes this even better is that I KNOW you people who take care of Winnie's Wish. You aren't just strangers out there. I have been so pleased over the years to find out who you are, that you read the blog, and that you are FRIENDS of this rescue AND ME!
Two weekends ago, I received a Fulfilled Wish. Unfortunately, it was one of those without any identification included. I would love to know who sent this!
Please let me know so I can THANK YOU wonderful friend of Winnie's Wish.
Now take a look at this.
Nope. That's not the same three bags of cat food. At the end of last week, I received another Fulfilled Wish of three bags of cat food (above) along with this . . .
And yippee! I was given a heads up that this was coming and from whom.
Julie T – THANK YOU!
As I have probably mentioned, I am at my maximum number in the cathouse. That's a lot of mouths to feed. I am SO grateful for these Fulfilled Wishes from the Wish List.
And speaking of the Wish List – Andrea created a new graphic for my sidebar which turns my current Wish List into a Christmas Wish List!! I think the new graphic is SO cute and holiday-ish.
Andrea – THANK YOU!
New graphic for the holidays!
I am not quite finished being thankful. I am always and forever grateful for the people who have adopted a Winnie's Wish kitty. It is truly the ultimate gift you can give – a home. I sometimes just scan down my sidebar and look at the pictures of the cats who are now living The Good Life. I continuously hope and pray for more adoptions. And I NEVER stop being thankful for the ones that have already occurred.
This past week, I've been at the shelter where my daughters work. This was due to the need for lots of extra help in the wake of the tornado that ripped through the small neighboring town. During those days, I took calls from people in the area and people far away. Folks wanted to donate supplies, money, and time; some even wanted to open their homes for fostering. Members and volunteers gave all the time they possibly could. There was an outpouring of support for the people, and also for the animals, of that devastated town.
Today, I am grateful for those folks who gave their time and money, and are continuing to do so. I am also grateful to be in my home day in and day out. My family members are all safe. My animals are warm and comfortable.
The rescue efforts have gone SO well. The latest report I received is that SO many donations came in that there is no more need for them. Whoop! That is wonderful. The other amazing thing is that nearly every animal that has been located has been taken into a foster home. Many of the people fostering wouldn't accept food and other supplies. My hope is that those stockpiles of pet food and supplies will eventually be distributed to the people who lost everything. When they find their way back to living conditions that allow them to have their pets, it would be wonderful if the supplies that are still available could go to those pet owners. They will have plenty of extra expenses. Maybe this is an area in which they could get a break.
I was at the shelter again yesterday afternoon helping receive donations, taking messages and returning phone calls. Again – it was heartwarming to talk to so many people who wanted to help.
Today – I will get this post published and head to the shelter to pick up eleven cats for spays and neuters. They will be delivered to my veterinary clinic this morning and I will pick them up this afternoon and return them to the shelter. It feels a little strange. We went through the experience of a tornado several years ago. At some point, you return to the “normal” stuff. Monday and Tuesday were days of focusing on this disaster's aftermath and what needed to be done right then. Now today, I am performing a volunteer function that is one of the “normal” things we do. Life goes on. The people who have lost homes, and even loved ones, will slowly begin to put the pieces of their lives back together. The shelter will get back to the daily routine. I will be grateful for my family and my home and my animals – all safe and sound.
Your comments on the blog are appreciated (as always). I need to spend the next several days catching up on lots of things here at home that have gone by the wayside for the last couple of days (and will again today). So let me wish you a good end-of-the-week and weekend. See you Monday.
Several of us met at the shelter yesterday morning and caravanned to a meeting place for volunteers wishing to help in the aftermath of the tornado. We were there to help with animals left homeless or injured in the wake of the disaster. Unfortunately, we were unable to get into the community. However, there is a temporary shelter now set up just outside of the devastated town. This shelter is on a business property; the owners of that business are angels. They have turned their building and their grounds into a safe haven for the animals that will come out of that town. Because no one was being allowed in, there were only two cats and two puppies at the temporary shelter when we arrived. The two puppies were the only survivors from a litter of nine. I was there when some Great Danes were brought out. There weren't any crates large enough for these big sweeties, but the leader of our group knew where some extra large crates were. I volunteered to drive back to the shelter to get these crates, and a couple of people standing nearby offered to follow me with their truck. We loaded extra large crates along with some other sizes, and they headed back to the temporary shelter. I had been in touch with Younger Daughter via cell phone and she explained that they had two “issues” going on at the shelter as a result of the disaster relief efforts. One – they were running out of supplies. We were sending everything we had to the temporary shelter (which, of course, was a good thing), but that had left the shelter without adequate supplies. And two – there were tons of phone calls coming in. So instead of returning to the tornado area, I stayed at the shelter and started listening to messages and returning phone calls.
There were people calling with offers to volunteer to go to the tornado site. There were people offering to foster displaced animals. There were people offering to bring supplies and even monetary donations. I spoke with one woman who said she was coming to the shelter with a load of supplies and that she realized our own supplies were probably being depleted. She said she hoped we would use what she would bring in any way needed – including for our own shelter's needs. SO many wonderful people willing to help in a variety of ways. In the middle of such nightmares, there are always souls who come forward to help.
I am unable to go for the entire day today as I have business here. I will be at the shelter for part of the day taking care of phone calls and helping to organize donations. My thoughts are with those who have lost everything. My hope is that today EVERY lost, afraid, and injured animal is located and brought to safety. My gratitude is with those who are helping in all kinds of ways.
The plan for today (and this week) was to continue to highlight Winnie's Wish kitties for adoption. But Nature has changed that plan. Yesterday afternoon a tornado hit a small town only 30 miles from where I live. Both of my daughters were working at the shelter which is in the same town where my parents live. The news was reporting a super cell embedded in the storm that moved through just south of here and headed straight for that town where my parents and daughters were. The storm went ever so slightly south of them and hit the next town head on. My understanding is that there were 50 plus homes destroyed in this very small town.
My daughters will both be working at the shelter again today. The shelter will be a contact for the relay of messages about lost pets. There is a temporary shelter being set up just outside of the devastated town. I will be joining other volunteers as we try to locate and round up loose dogs and cats and take them to safety. I have four runs open in my boarding kennel. I'll fill those with displaced dogs if necessary. There has been some loss of life, but I do not know the extent yet. My heart goes out to all who have lost loved ones, homes, and pets.
The theme this week has been Winnie's Wish kitties for adoption. There are eleven Winnie's Wishers read for their forever homes. On Monday (which was Eleven/Eleven) I made my Wish for adoptions! So far this week I have highlighted Toast, Slate, Smokey, Truly, Autumn, and Shiloh. These are six kitties who are happy and friendly and my hope is that they will be chosen. If I had to pick just one kitty to be chosen right away for a home, it would be the one I am highlighting today. Because the kitty I am highlighting today is breaking my heart.
Sweet, shy Traci Mae. She is mostly a loner in the cathouse, but it isn't because she is hard to get along with. She doesn't hiss at or smack the other cats. She is timid and I believe the other cats scare her a little. She doesn't run from them but I watch her make a wider-than-necessary path around them. She sleeps alone. And she waits until there is nobody else at a food bowl before she takes her meal. Traci Mae won't assert herself enough to come TO me for attention, but she takes all I will give her when I go to her. And her looks. Well, let me copy & paste what I wrote about her back in June: Traci is not what people would call a beauty. I realize that. Maybe she is not the most attractive cat on the planet. Apparently, a potential adopter who was walking through the shelter where Traci used to live pointed at Traci and said “Ooh, there's an ugly one.” Well I don't think Traci Mae is an ugly duckling. And I promise you this – if you were able to get to know her, you would fall in love with her soft, gentle spirit.
I am hoping that someone wonderful, someone amazing, someone loving will choose Traci Mae. She needs a human of her very own. She needs a home where love hangs in the air. She is SUCH a great cat! Is she possibly just right FOR YOU?
A rare interaction - Tibby Bean, who is usually a grouch to the other kitties, is gently licking Traci Mae.
This is a sweetheart kitty looking for a home of her very own. Please SHARE.
Over a year ago, three kitties came to be Winnie's Wishers. They were living together in the middle of nowhere and were trapped one by one and brought here. When the last one was finally in my hands, I discovered that his leg was broken. Try to imagine that. I'm still horrified when I think of it. We were SO lucky to have quite accidentally discovered this group living on their own, nearly an hour from where I live.
Truly is a tuxie and she was the first to tame. Autumn, a beautiful calico, was next. Black & white Shiloh (who was the one with the broken leg) was SO shy and timid that I wondered for months if he would ever come around. But he did. Wow, he did! He runs to me now and rubs on my legs and demands attention like his two female family members do. These three are wonderful, and they are ready for their very own homes. In fact, they've been ready for a while. I am hoping beyond hope that each of these sweethearts gets chosen to become an official member of a loving forever family.
These are three GREAT cats. You can read more about Truly, Autumn, and Shiloh by clicking on their names. Maybe one of them is JUST RIGHT for you!
These are three fantastic kitties all looking for homes of their very own. Please SHARE.
These three boys are SO handsome and
very sweet. They came in as a family of four – three boys and a
girl. They had gotten a little too old before being trapped so they
were on the road to being feral. However, even though the little
girl has still not tamed, the
three boys are ready for homes of their own. There are two solid tabbies
– one is definitely brown (Toast) and the other is black with brown
on the chest (Slate). These two hang out together quite a bit. If
someone out there LOVES tabbies and is looking to adopt a pair, this
would be a great twosome. But I would certainly welcome separate
homes for these two boys. They are not SO attached that they cannot
be separated. The third boy is a light
with white feet (Smokey). He snuggles up to any other cat who will
have him. Very
fear is the possibility of
loss of progress. I'd love to get these three into real homes while
they are young, playful, and friendly. Sometimes, because there is
not enough human interaction in the cathouse, the ones who start out
feral can backslide if they spend months and months in a house full
of cats with less-than-optimal amounts of
are three GREAT boys. Maybe one of them is JUST RIGHT for you!
Toast is very photogenic.
Slate is not as photogenic as brother Toast.
He closes his eyes in almost all of his pictures and always has.
I worked hard this past weekend to get a couple of pics of Slate with his eyes open.
Toast and Slate
Toast and Smokey
Smokey loves any cat who will love him.
These are three fantastic young boys all looking for homes of their very own. Please SHARE.
This blog is about dogs and cats. It is also the home of Winnie’s Wish Cat Rescue & Shelter. Please scroll down and you will discover the pictures of the Winnie’s Wish cats and kittens available for adoption. If you have ANY questions about adoption, please feel free to email me (Chrystal) at either of these two addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
THE FOLLOWING CATS ARE LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES. Click on each picture to read about that cat. EMAIL ME with interest and/or questions about adoptions.
firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com