I am Marlene, mother to 5 fabulous felines, and foster mom to many, many, more. I think of myself as the craziest cat lady of all and have been called “obcattive”. I feel flattered, as it describes my love for, and interest in cats, and cat rescue, purrfectly. My partner in “crime” and always ready to be involved in my endeavours, cat crazy husband, also deserves a mention. He is affectionately called “The Hyltonator”, as there really is nothing he cannot do, except of course brain surgery, we will leave that to the professionals.
In 2010, hubby undertook his own rescue mission, and arguably our first foray into the rescue world, though we did not realise it at the time. One of the kittens we rescued, was diagnosed with Feline Herpes and, as a result, had very serious eye issues. She was born without eyelids and blind in her one eye. We were advised to either pts (put to sleep) or prepare for a lifetime of problems.
I am not someone to accept “no” for an answer. “You cannot do it”, does not fly either. I googled, researched, asked questions, consulted with a few veterinary surgeons, and finally got referred to Dr Gary Bauer, veterinary ophthalmologist, at the then Cape Animal Eye Clinic. He has since moved on to other endeavours, but the Cape Animal Medical Centre is still open and does have another veterinary ophthalmologist. I am eternally grateful that Dr Bauer could help us, as today Smokey, and her “sisfurrs”, are the centre of our world, and the reason we are involved with cat rescue.
How do you get involved in rescue? Let me count the ways. I wanted to help cats in need but had no idea how. While researching Smokey’s condition, Google showed me a world beyond the SPCA and AACL. Numerous other Animal Shelters, private Rescue Organisations and individuals, are in your area involved in animal rescue, find out who they are.
Follow their Facebook pages, as well as websites and other social media links. Most organisations have volunteer days, so you can visit, maybe with a donation of an item they identified as needful. Observe how the organisation operate, and where they need help and resources.
Do not immediately commit to helping in one way or another, because you feel emotional. Know your strengths and resources, and combine the needs of the organisation, with your strengths, and then offer to help. Making an emotional commitment, and not being able to perform on your commitment, is disappointing to both you, as well as the organisation, who relied on your offer of help. Visit and research more than one organisation. For me, it is third time lucky and I found my “purrfect” fit with CAAA.
In my next Blog, we can talk about how to help. For now, you have some homework to do, and I have some kittens in need of attention.
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