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A Follow Up on Sweet Old Furry Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae was confined to a cage for quite awhile after her owner of 14 years claimed that she was moving to a hi-rise and couldn’t take Maggie with her, even though she took her other four cats! Maggie is a long haired, sandy beige color with very faint stripes running through her coat, she has a white neck and white around her nose and mouth. When I first saw her cowering in a little hut that was in the back corner of the cage she looked broken, looking into her eyes you could see that she just gave up. I read her information and my heart broke for her, she’s a 14 year old cat and I knew that no one was going to adopt an elderly cat, everyone wants the cutesy wootsey, younger ones and pass by elderly and handicapped cats. Maggie has a serious heart murmur and needs to be in a stress free environment (sitting in a cage at PetSmart is far from stress free), I made a promise to her that day that I wouldn’t forget about her and that I’d be back to take her home with me, she would live out her days comfortable and spoiled, Saturday I went and fulfilled my promise to her and brought her here, to her forever home.

I was told that she would be stressed at first and probably wouldn’t eat for several days, opting instead to hide. I brought her home, opened the door of the carrier and then let her be so that she could decide if and when she wanted to venture out, and to where. Maggie began eating and drinking on Sunday, she also began seeking attention from me on Sunday afternoon. I am amazed by this cat, she is probably the single most loving cat I’ve ever seen (and I have seen hundreds over the years), the second night here she very gently jumped up on my bed to cuddle against my neck. Often when people adopt a cat they will believe the cat to be boring and disinterested with everything, the truth is that they must acclimate and de-stress before you will see their true personality show.

Maggie has very few teeth left so I adjusted her food accordingly but she plays like a kitten would, she seeks love and affection and is docile to an extreme, she will not bite or hiss no matter how agitated she may become and is just pure loving. Her former owner has no idea what she missed with this old girl, and all of those people that went over to look at her in her cage and then saw how old she was and scoffed before moving on to another, I’m glad they did because their loss is my gain! It’s easy to lose faith in humanity when people are so horribly vain, they want the best looking, “designer” animals, they don’t want one with the slightest imperfection and they judge by age. I understand that it’s a terrible thought to adopt an animal that may well only have a few years left, only to lose them but let me tell you this, they are the same loving creature they were as a young one and if for no other reason, they deserve to live their lives out being loved and cared for as any young or “designer” one does.

I can’t prove it but I have worked with a load of cats over the years and I would swear that Maggie has, at some point been abused. There are certain signs, behaviors that abused animals exhibit and of course in spite of her age, there seems to be an issue with her gait, a spinal issue. It breaks my heart to think that anyone could ever harm any animal but I have unfortunately seen so much of it, which is why I fear that poor Maggie may have been a victim of abuse at the hands of some ignorant, black heart! She’s in her forever home now and she is loved very much, she will not want for anything and no one will ever be unkind to her. The next time you see an elderly cat for adoption please just remember that you may be one of the ONLY people that would ever give that cat a home, the alternative to finding that one adopter is too horrible to think about. Old cats need love too and if I were to leave her there, it would be like taking my great grandmother out of hospice and putting her in a linen closet for the remainder of her days!

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A “Must Read”, Even For Those of You That Don’t Like To

Unlike the vast majority of folks out there in this cyber age, I love to read and I love to read many different genres. Though it may seem hypocritical of me to recommend this book to everyone because I haven’t yet been able to get my copy, I am familiar with the story and God knows we need more fairy tale endings, like this true life story has. At the very least if you haven’t already heard this story then look it up and read it’s summary, you’ll have to smile and be happy you did.

Dion Leonard is a marathon runner that narrates the story of Gobi, a precious little scruffy stray that found and shadowed him as he competed in a 155 mile race through China’s Gobi Desert in 2016. Gobi kept pace with Dion for nearly 80 miles, keeping up with him over the perilous Tian Shan Mountains, he doubled back repeatedly to help the little stray. While Dion did not win the race, his heart was won over by his determined, loyal new friend and he promised to get Gobi back to the UK and become a new member of his family. As we all know though, in life things are never quite that easy and after Gobi’s story went viral she disappeared from her caretaker’s home in China.

The story get’s frightening from there as Dion enlists the help of dog lovers to find the scrappy little stray. They are forced to deal with Chinese government operatives and not so nice dognappers looking for some fast cash,, among other shady characters. Dion recollects on his difficult childhood as a means of explaining his difficulties in forming close bonds and how significant his relationship with Gobi has become. Perhaps Dion could have omitted some of his own personal history but to better understand the relationship with the adorable little stray it may have been necessary, either way it’s a heartwarming tale that shows how a furry little pauper became a princess! A real good, feel good story that makes me wish that there were more happy endings for the endless number of our furry little four legged friends out there, homeless, hungry and never knowing what a loving home is.

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2018 in Our Four Legged Fur Babies

 

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Blake Fischer, Another Walter Palmer

Blake Fischer was one of seven Idaho game Commissioners, you know, one of the guys that are supposed to protect and enforce wildlife regulations. One of those people that we would believe would be the first to actually protect wildlife, as if there aren’t enough animals wiped out to the point of extinction already, Mr.Fischer just joined the ranks of Walter Palmer the much loathed lion killer. And to think that this guy served on the commission that made decisions on Idaho’s wildlife policies!

While in Namibia Fischer and his wife killed at least 14 animals, according to descriptions and pictures that he sent in an e-mail to more than 100 recipients. Among the dead was a group of four baboons, a small young one, blood soaked and propped with it’s tiny head against one of the adults chests. Fischer claimed in his e-mails that he was introducing his wife to big game hunting and that during the first day she only wanted to watch him and “get a feel of Africa”, that’s when he killed the family of baboons to show her how, set the pace? This is a real tough guy let me tell you, with his guns and bows & arrows, would love to see him take on any of those animals without his weapons to make him feel like he’s such a badass!

In his e-mail Fischer attached 12 pictures of himself and his wife standing over various kills, an oryx, a giraffe, a waterbuck, a leopard, and of course the family of baboons. Walter Palmer was a coward too but he was a dentist and not a commissioner having a say in wildlife policies anywhere, not that it matters when it comes to killing beautiful wildlife but Fischer should have damned well known better, as should his wife. The e-mail Fischer sent concluded with, ” After we left all of the animals in Africa that were still alive we [sic] pretty happy we were on a plane home”!  Wow, pretty happy that he’d left any animals alive, or happy to have contributed to the number of dead that “hunters” and poachers have racked up!

The only bright spot in this story is that Blake Fischer’s resignation was asked for and given, that this man can no longer have any say in any wildlife policies/regulations in Idaho, let’s hope that he doesn’t simply relocate to another state and manage to get a similar job anywhere else where he can affect wildlife in any way! Fischer and his wife should know better, it isn’t bad enough to kill animals that cannot in any way defend themselves and get off on it, but to brag about it and take pictures of those innocent animals as if it took skill to kill them is stomach turning. Tell me, how can he be proud that he shot animals dead with arrows and gunshots, isn’t it like shooting fish in a barrel? I mean there is no contest here the animals are easy kills because they can’t fight back, they have no weapons and certainly can’t outrun a gunshot or arrow, so how can anyone pretend that they were so skilled for killing them!

Africa should jump on the bandwagon and ban Fischer and his wife from ever setting foot on their soil again, after all the wildlife native to their country is what draws most of their tourists to the country. It wasn’t okay to kill any of those animals just to brag about it but another disgusting issue is that leopards aren’t exactly plentiful anymore and of course, a leopard was on Fischer’s list of kills. I’m glad this “two legged animal” has resigned as he should never have been permitted to hold his that position to begin with.

 

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Animal Abusers Deserve More Than a Slap On The Wrist!

When I volunteered at the animal shelter I was always shocked and came home many times sickened and distraught by some of the vicious things that were done to animals. If you want to lose faith in humanity then go and volunteer at a nursing home or an animal shelter, some of the horrors are just too much to repeat.

An animal is like a child, they are defenseless and unable to help themselves, they are at the mercy of their caretakers (and a goos deal of humans don’t know what mercy is). They offer nothing but unconditional love and they ask so little in return, yet the two legged animals of the world see  them as “things” or property for them to use and abuse as they see fit! There had been incidences of abuse involving German Shepard’s being skinned and thrown into rivers and creeks and then shot at! What piece of trash could do anything so evil, a coward, bully and scum of the earth that should have the same done to them. Needless to say the cases were never solved.

There have been so many cases of kittens being thrown into garbage cans in 90 degree weather to die. Cats burned alive when some scum lured the starving cats with food because they were starving, their hunger brought them close only to be set on fire! Cats put in tiny boxes that were  then sealed with duct tape and thrown into dumpsters to die. A small Poodle tied on a leash with only 6 inches to move and it’s food and water put just out of reach, when the dog whined or went to the bathroom on the floor it was beat with a flyswatter. A tiny Pomeranian that was purchased only to get her pregnant so the so called caretaker could sell off the puppies and make money for himself, when she didn’t get pregnant fast enough the guy that bought her began kicking her around his kitchen and laughing when her little body slammed into the stove! And t hen there is the so called animal shelter at Griffin Pond where the remains of both cats and dogs were found in the pond behind the shelter, likely the animals were thrown in alive but put in bags first so as not to be able to swim away!

So again I ask you, what the hell is wrong with society? Maybe all of us aren’t abusers and we call ourselves animal lovers but what are we doing when we see a case of it being done by one of these pieces of crap? What if your family member was abusing or killing animals, would you step forward or keep your mouth shut for them? I don’t care who it is that does the abusing, they need to be stopped and get far worse than a slap on the wrist, they should suffer the same fate as the animal they lay hands on, period! Karmas a bitch and bites really hard!

 

Ode To Maggie Mae, A Sweet Elderly Four Legged Girl

Several weeks ago while trying to find a particular cat food I ended up at PetSmart, I’ve never been able to go into that store and not go over to visit with the cats that are caged for adoption and that day was no exception. What was different that day was that I was immediately drawn to this one cage where at first I didn’t see a cat at all. Here huddled into a small fabric “hut” was a beautiful sand colored cat trying her best to hide, naturally I read the card to see what her name was and her story. This is what the the card stated:

I’m a super soft, sweet, & shy snuggle bug. Age is just a number. I’m searching for a nice quiet home to spend my retirement years in. I’m not a huge fan of other animals. My doctor tells me that I have a heart murmur but as long as I stay calm and stress free I’ll do just fine. My mom had to retire without me, so I’m hoping to find a new human now who doesn’t judge my age.

My heart broke for this cat like few others, this poor girl is 14 years of age! Sadly people usually go for a kitten or a pristine, perfect looking, cat but God forbid the cat have a flaw being a handicap or of an advanced age, forget it because the majority of people are all about looks! At the top of the card it’s written in large print, “SHHHHHH PLEASE BE QUIET I’M SCARED AND TRYING TO ADJUST”, but face it there is nowhere quiet sitting in a cage in PetSmart because there is always customer chatter, dogs barking, someone saying something or other on the loud speaker. The card also lists the cost of her adoption, are you ready for this one…………..  $70.00!

You may think it’s silly but I went out of that store in tears and Maggie Mae has been on my mind ever since. Here’s the sad truth at her age she will not live for a lot of years and they are asking $70.00 for a cat that someone may bond with, only to lose in less than a year, how many people do you know that will adopt her under these circumstances? Plus being that she has a murmur she will need vet visits to monitor her health. I want her so badly but I have a cat and a dog and God knows that would stress a cat that isn’t fond of other animals!

This is like taking your great grandmother from hospice, putting her in a linen closet and leaving her crammed in there to die! I was sure that the card would have been one of Griffin Pond Animal Shelter’s but much to my dismay and shock, it was Animal Care Associates, a normally fantastic, 100% truly no kill shelter. While I understand that they probably put her there with good intentions because she deserves to be in a loving home, it’s also hell for her! I just can’t imagine what she’s thinking she bonds with a woman for all those years and then as she approaches her final years she is thrown into a small cage. She is clearly depressed because every time that I have been there since to see her, she is ALWAYS in the small hut laying where she feels she’s hidden! This old girl deserves a great home so if you know of anyone that would fit the bill, please tell them Maggie’s story.

 

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Griffin Pond “Animal Shelter” Abington Twp. PA Yet Another Gruesome Find!

So once again we’re hearing another tale of horror involving the Griffin Pond shelter, it’s supposed to be an animal shelter, not a killing field. The latest news pertaining to the shelter is that shelter staff just happened to be in the rear of the shelter “examining” a new shed when one of them noticed a plastic bag on the surface of the pond, inside of the bag were animal remains. When they found a second bag they decided to call law enforcement, it remains unclear how many bags and how many cat and dog remains they have found.

It would be nearly impossible to verify who exactly tossed animals into the pond to drown, or killed them and then threw the remains into the pond and we all know why. There are some scum of  the earth cowards out there that would throw live animals into any body of water to die a horrible death without a second thought. By the same token, thankfully a lot of people now know what many of us already knew, what Griffin Pond shelter was really all about after their last stint in the news. The drop off times for unwanted animals are rigid to say the least, but I can’t abide by anyone, anywhere dealing in any way with that particular shelter, especially when it comes to donating money or any supplies to them! There are those cases where it tears their hearts out but pet owners have no choice but to surrender their dogs or cats to a shelter, but let me tell you this, if you surrender an animal to that shelter then there is a great chance that you have just signed the animals death warrant, I’m not convinced it would even be a humane death! Give your money, donations and if you have no choice but to surrender an animal, to a NO KILL SHELTER! Don’t be lazy or lax and say that they are all full, do your research and you will find one!

I know dozens of animal lovers that always donate to animal charities, always give, with just one exception….. if it is being collected for Griffin Pond Shelter! When you work with animals you are privy to the behind the scenes talk about many shelters, vets, etc. and trust me don’t waste your money and give anything to that shelter, if you happen to know of an animal there you want to save then by all means that’s the best thing that you can do, get the animal the hell out of there, anything else don’t bother because what your money is really doing is supporting the killing of endless animals!

Griffin Pond Animal shelter should be closed down and it’s so called employees not continue to have their pockets lined! Had the money paid to employees been taken and have been put into purchasing cameras, perhaps we’d know about the heinous acts that were done, it’s unlikely that the animals (especially when it’s more than a couple of them) were dead when thrown into the pond. It sickens me to think about but the scum(s) of the earth that did it probably knew that cats, as well as dogs can swim. Also, being the remains were not real recent they had to have been in the pond for quite some time so there must have been something that kept the bags down for awhile, which would indicate that they were probably alive! No matter how you look at it, the shelter is at the very least partially responsible, be it from not allocating funds for security or from the hours that they allow drop offs!

Wish there was a way to get the culprit that did these things and do the very same to them! Too many morons believe that animals are just things, that they don’t feel emotions, don’t hurt, don’t get terrified out of their minds when they are about to be killed especially. Listen up, animals feel period, they love and bond with people and other animals, they get depressed, sad, happy, sick and they most certainly feel pain! They don’t wish to die, in fact they have a fight for survival instinct but sadly they sometimes are too helpless or too trusting of the humans around them, some driven by hatred and no capacity for compassion!

 

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A Little Tabby Cat Called Doc

About a week ago when I was sitting outside enjoying the cool night air a truck pulled into the driveway for all of three minutes, it opened the drivers door and I heard a mans voice saying “throw it the fu** out, hurry”. I got up to walk down the driveway to see what was going on when the truck hauled ass out of here like a bat out of hell, I just went back to sit on the porch. For a couple of minutes I kept hearing a raspy, strange gurgle sound that I couldn’t identify, I didn’t have to go far to locate the source, here at the bottom of the porch steps was a tabby cat probably about 8 months old.

This cat was emaciated and sick beyond belief, his lungs were fluid filled, he was lucky to weigh three pounds soaking wet and was more starved than any cat I had ever seen (and being a shelter volunteer I have seen a lot). Naturally I fed him and started him on medication to get rid of the upper respiratory infection, cleaned his ears and flea/tick treated him. Within a weeks time this cat that I call Doc, has gained considerably and he’s like a new cat physically. The disgusting part is that I immediately noticed that he is terrified beyond belief of feet, he also has an issue with his gait that seems to be the result of an injury. At first I thought that he may have been clipped by a car but then I realized that, more likely he’s been kicked hard by a foot and seeing how afraid he is of men, my guess would be that it was a man that did it!

All of my adult life I have said that I prefer the company of animals to people and I have had some think that I’m mentally unhinged for feeling that way, but you know what, animals ask so little of you and they give so much, they would lay down their lives for you. It’s been proven that shelter animals are even more devoted to their owners than animals that have been purchased from breeders, they are grateful that the owner rescued them. Animals can smell death and being in a shelter is no different, they know that animals are being killed around them all the time and naturally they don’t want to die!

This little guy Doc would most definitely have died in a matter of days if the clueless ass that dropped him off had waited any longer, or had dropped him near a house that would not have helped or known how to help him! This tabby cat lucked out but what about the next one? What kind of inhuman piece of garbage would kick a helpless animal, even to hurt any animal? I think that the same should be done to animal abusers as they do to the animal(s), turnabout is fair play!