Laura & Ashley are looking for their forever home….
Please find in the attachment the adoption forms and pictures of two kittens that I rescued in late May. I found them behind the bush surrounding the walls of my compound no more than ten meters away from a busy street almost always full of loaded trucks. By that time, they had already been there for at least a week, surviving mostly on scraps of discarded take-out food from a hairdresser’s place close-by. Upon closer inspection at home, I found what I thought was dirt were actually fleas that were attached to their thin bodies. There were so many of them that both kittens’ white fur looked a dirtish grey. Their ears were also filled with ear mites. I believe this sounds familiar to many of us, but no matter how many times you have seen it, or have dealt with it personally, it always affects you. After the kittens had a flea bath, ears cleaned, and had had the first proper meal since they had been separated from mommy, they let out a joint big sigh, and fell into a deep sleep in the cage almost immediately, hugging each other. Ever since then, they have been steadily improving, gaining on weight and size everyday. After long thoughts and discussion, we finally named them Laura and Ashley. They turned out to be beautiful and energetic kittens, no lady like at all. If they are not sleeping, or eating, they are playing, wrestling, chasing, jumping in and out of their cat tunnel, and “tormenting” the adult cats in the house. It is so much fun just watching them. Laura is the calico cat. She is the older sister, but bearing no marks of the caring older siblings. She is bold, and full of curiosity. She takes advantage of her size and weight to win wrestle battles with Ashley. From time to time, she makes silly mistakes that get her in trouble with the adult cats. While Ashley is shy, cautious, and very smart. She learned about her name long before her sister. When she is excited, she would let out those cute cries, eyes bright with excitement, leap up the stairs two a time, chasing after whatever that she sees.
I would be sorry to see them go, but I am afraid they need a new home, and they may need it fast, if not a permanent one, at least a foster home. The hurry is because of a cat named Julius. This past Tuesday, July 24th, on my way home from the local vet for vaccination shots, with Ashley in the cat carrier in my hand, I noticed this greyish lump on a block of cement off the sidewalk. It was in direct sunlight, lifeless. I paused, and had another look! It is becoming a second basic instinct. You are always looking out for that possible cat or dog in distress! To my shock, it was indeed a kitty! A white kitty! A dirty white kitty! I reached out without a second thought! Kitty raised his head to be petted. He also opened his mouth to answer my calls but no sound came out. I decided to take him inside the compound where I knew at least he would be safe. Then I saw the open sores on the right side of his body. It was a bloody mess. Someone apparently tried to help him. They shaved off a piece of fur and put on this purple liquid that dyed his fur. By then, I knew I had no choice but to take him home. When I picked him up, kitty went completely limp. He stayed in my arm all the way, never fought for once. His suffering didn’t stop in the open sores. He was so weak. I worried about other illness, and I found it. When he tried to sit up to eat, I saw the left back leg was bent in an unnatural angle. My heart sank. I knew from my recent experience of rescuing a cat badly injured in a car accident, that this kitty had a broken leg. Off we went to the vet again the same day. After a thorough check up in Eagle Valley by Doctor Sunny Sun, we found out that this particular kitty indeed had a broken leg that his body had been tring to heal with the actual bone still in two pieces. The open sore on the side of his body was from nasty bites from other cats. He was also having a bad cough, thus lost his voice. Because his back teeth had been broken off, there was no way to tell his age. We only know that he is still a young cat, five to six months old probably. And he is a boy for sure. Just how many bad things can possibly happen to one single cat!
Lucky for us, me and Julius (we named kitty after the great Julius Caesar!). In my latest attempt at saving rescued cat Evania, who was run over by a car, I was introduced to Dr Tony Beck from Doctors Beck and Stone, a great surgeon and a passionate vet by our greatest Stephanie from Eagle Valley. He saved Evania’s leg. Hers was another heartbroken story I would like to tell you at some other time. Once again, we seek out Dr Beck’s help. He immediately fit Julius into his tight schedule and operated on him on Thursday, July 26th. The surgery went on very well. Julius has already begun standing on four legs and welcomed me with his silent meows and lots of purr. Doctor Beck has also featured Julius on their website. If you are interested, you can visit their website at www.doctorsbeckandstone.com for the medical details about his injury and his surgery. There was also a picture of me holding Julius, but only my hands were showing. At least not my big teeth!
This brought me back to Laura and Ashley again. Julius is scheduled to come home on August 3rd if everything goes on well with his leg. He would still need at least another three weeks for the bone to properly heal and his leg fully functional. That means by then I would have 11 cats home, and I would need to pay very close attention to Julius’ leg. I wouldn’t mind the work at all. It would make me feel very happy if I can help with Julius’ recover. But I dearly hope someone can adopt Laura and Ashley as they are healthy, strong and so adorable. Or maybe some family would be so kind as to foster them for me until they can find a permanent home.
Anything you can do to help Laura and Ashley would be deeply appreciated, but please feel no pressure. I understand this is hard time. Almost everybody has kittens waiting to be adopted. Just yesterday, we met a couple of kittens living a hard life in a short ten minutes walk. ! You know you can’t save them all, but it is still so hard.