Sunday, May 10, 2015

 Blog 05/04/15 to 05/10/15  

REMINDER:  Barn Cat Bash, June 7th, 5:30 pm 
Bistecca in Highland Village, TX     $45 per person
Reservations Required
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Silent/Live Auctions, Buffet Dinner, Endless Wine! 

Relocations and In Take
Our Cats after Release
Funny Stuff
Bad Calls/Emails:  Local Animal Services Problem
BMG (Bitch/Moan/Groan):  Lost Cat in Plano
OMG (Oh My God):  We Lost Him:  Simon from Bonham      
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Relocations and In Take:   Placed 5 this week with intake at 13.    
1                 Barn in Weatherford (Tina)
3          Workshop in Poolville (Fran, Faith, and Frankie)
1          Backyard in Ennis (Teddy)

Fran, Faith and Frankie came from a home where an elderly lady died and her body was not found for 3 weeks.  Good thing they were indoor/outdoor!  There are still some additional cats from this property at animal services.  See below:  Bad Calls/Emails

Our Cats after Release:   Picked up in 4 locations this week. 
1.     Argyle:  Chelsea was placed in this garage.  I did not see her but the family sent a picture later in the week.  She look good! 

2.     Gunter:  Smokey, Rudy, August and Amber were placed in this barn in Gunter where we have put additional cats twice in the past.  They have 3 Great Pyrenees dogs and 3 donkeys to protect the cats.  All are still there.  The property owner is going to send pictures because it was raining and the weather was just going to get worse when I was there picking up equipment.  She is able to pet the two boys – Smokey and Rudy….all good! 
3.     Pilot Point:  Sedona and Terrie were placed in this barn.  The owner is seeing then but once again, bad weather prevented me from even going to the barn – too much mud! 
4.     Barry:  This is a gigantic ranch in Navarro County with 5 barns.  We have put a total of 17 ferals and 1 friendly cat there.  I was back on Friday to pick up equipment when I saw the friendly cat from our first placement there.  This is Kingston and he is doing well. 

Funny Stuff
We collect dirty equipment from many locations, store it in the garage, then go to a car wash to get it all cleaned up.  Well – guess what we found between two of our bottom trays:  A SQUASHED MOUSE!  Check it out… 

Bad Calls/EMAILS:  Local Animal Services Problem
I received a text from a local animal services location asking me to take additional cats from the situation where the elderly lady died (see above info under Relocations and In-Take).  There were 5 left.  We had 4 going out that day that would free up caging to those cats.  SO – I said YES.  When I arrived, there were only 2 from that situation and they had 2 others ready for us.  WHAT?  I said all from that location.  Now I cannot put them together because they do not know each other.  WHAT A MESS!   This is the second problem with that location – so NO MORE!  I take cats in based on need and space available.  This is almost like bait and switch.   

BMG:  Lost Cat in Plano
We placed a friendly cat in a backyard in Plano in August of 2013.  He was found Thursday night during a really bad storm and taken to an emergency clinic.  He is microchipped so the original person who gave us the cat was notified and he was picked.  Now the weird stuff begins:  The adopter’s phone goes directly to voicemail and she is not responding to test messages.  I don’t know what else to do except go over to her house.  Maybe she is out of town or a family member is in the hospital or something…???  We have been having many severe thunderstorms and/or tornados in the DFW area for the last week or so and they will continue all next week.  Wish I was out of town!   

OMG:  We Lost Him:  Simon from Bonham
Our Bonham ladies asked me to take a 15-year-old declawed cat that was at the Bonham shelter.  It is a kill shelter.  There was not even a NAME left for this poor elderly cat.  Well – he was doing well until this week and now he is declining quickly.  I just hope he makes it – I am so worried!   We named him Simon.  He is a sweetheart!
UPDATE:  On Friday, Simon passed away at All Care Vet Hospital in Coppell.  It was a sad time for their staff and all of Barn Cats, Inc.  We were making visits to the clinic 2 or 3 times each day to encourage him.  The doctors have concluded it was Calicivirus, an often fatal virus for cats that is controlled by an FVRCP shot.  The “C” is for Calicivirus.  I have fought this 2 or 3 times in the past and won – but not this time.  Simon was just too old at 15-years.  He had 4 antibiotics, 5 days of IV fluids, and a feeding tube.  We did everything we could.  I contacted the ladies in Bonham that did the rescue and was told that the Bonham Shelter has a history of the Calicivirus.  OH NO!  He did not have a chance!  He is at peace now.  He was will us for only 3 weeks.  He slept with me the Friday and Saturday nights before going to the clinic last Monday.    
RIP sweet boy!  
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We have a couple of really cut rugs for the auction.  Love the butt sniffing dog!  Check it out…    

“Thanks” for following the Barn Cats Blog.  See you all next week.      Peg

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