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Kittens at the shelter (video)

 

I went over to the shelter this morning to learn how to take photos of the cats so that I can hopefully lend a hand once in a while. I say “hopefully” because if I’ve learned anything, it’s that I’m often more of a hinderance than a help to the folks at RAS. Thank goodness everyone is so patient with me.

I think I got the computer stuff down OK; I took good notes. But as for the photos? All I can say is that it’s going to take me a while to figure out how to open a cat cage, get the cat to sit still, then take a photo and not have anyone escape.

I opened one cage and while I was trying to snap a photo of one kitten, it’s companion leapt over my head out of the cage and onto my back. Across the aisle in another cage, a kitten reached out and batted all of the paperwork out of the holders and onto the floor.

These two kittens in this video cracked me up. The black kitty is high on catnip, I think, because he was going nonstop the whole time I was there. He’d reach out with both paws and grab anything that went in front of the cage – people, paper, you name it. If he could have squeezed his head through the bars he would have been out. Both kittens are just a few weeks old.

The white kitten seems so mild mannered, but watch what happens when he catches sight of the black kitten’s tail. It’s almost like he doesn’t know it’s connected to the kitten that was just all over him. He reached out. And then whomp! Wrestling match.

I wish we could set up a kitty cam, because it’s hilarious watching the kittens.

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Shelter stories – If you really cared about your cat …

Scarlett, one of the cats available for adoption at Rochester Animal Services

We got a call at the shelter this week from a woman who wanted to know if we had a list of apartment complexes in the city that allowed cats. She left a message on the voice mail explaining that she had a bunch of cats, that her landlord found out, and now she has to move ASAP.

She didn’t want anything to happen to her cats.

This, my friends, is part of the reason why shelters get overrun with cats.

People do a wonderful thing when they adopt a cat or take in a stray. It’s one less cat in the shelter, and a cat can be a great pet for apartment-dwellers.

But if they don’t have permission to have the pets, there’s always the chance they’ll have to surrender the animals when their landlord finds out and they have to move before they find another, pet-friendly, apartment.

That kind of disruption isn’t great for the cats or the shelters that are already bursting at the seams with cats that need homes.

So it’s important to balance our good intentions with a realistic approach to animal rescue. Not every animal will be rescued; that’s just a fact of life. So if you live in an apartment and have permission to have a pet, fantastic. If not, consider volunteering at the shelter rather than keeping cats on the sly. It’ll be better for you and the animals.

Volunteering at the animal shelter – it’s more than just walking dogs

As you know, yesterday was my third Friday volunteering at the city animal shelter. I went back down today for two reasons: first, I forgot to log in my hours in the volunteer book yesterday, and second, I wanted to be there when the couple coming to adopt Hank brought their older dog back for a visitation.

I met Diane, one of the other volunteers, as I got out of my car. She was there when the couple came in and offered to come over and be there today when they came back. As soon as I saw her she told me that Hank had been adopted yesterday – by another family.

As long as I was there, I decided to stay for an hour and lend a hand. One of the other volunteers asked me to walk a dog, but you know what? I’m just not comfortable walking around downtown by myself. So I went back to the cat room, talked to Christine, who was mopping and sweeping and cleaning cat cages, and helped with a cat visitation.

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Volunteering at the animal shelter – it's more than just walking dogs

As you know, yesterday was my third Friday volunteering at the city animal shelter. I went back down today for two reasons: first, I forgot to log in my hours in the volunteer book yesterday, and second, I wanted to be there when the couple coming to adopt Hank brought their older dog back for a visitation.

I met Diane, one of the other volunteers, as I got out of my car. She was there when the couple came in and offered to come over and be there today when they came back. As soon as I saw her she told me that Hank had been adopted yesterday – by another family.

As long as I was there, I decided to stay for an hour and lend a hand. One of the other volunteers asked me to walk a dog, but you know what? I’m just not comfortable walking around downtown by myself. So I went back to the cat room, talked to Christine, who was mopping and sweeping and cleaning cat cages, and helped with a cat visitation.

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