Friday, August 12, 2016

Looking for More Foster Caregivers

If you were a foster caregiver, this is something you could see every day!

A plea for more caregivers
We're well on our way to another record year, with this year's numbers pulverizing last year's pretty awesome numbers.  The one thing that is holding us back from saving more cats and kittens is open foster homes. We have no open homes right now but our phone is always ringing with requests to help another stray cat. If we had more caregivers, we could have more cats in the foster care program. We need you to help us.

What does a caregiver do? 
Being a caregiver is fairly easy. It does take a bit of your time. Part of the caregiver experience is chores - cleaning litter boxes, washing dishes. Another part is putting on your chauffeur hat and transporting the kitten to the vet (usually 1-2 times) and to our Foster building (usually twice). And finally the best part is playing with kittens. You will find yourself saying over and over and over again, "You are the cutest kitten EVER!" to each and every one of your fosters. Being a caregiver means some chores, some transport, and lots of cuteness. But mostly, it means saving a cat.

Who qualifies as a caregiver? 
Anyone over 18 who is fine driving to St. Paul for vet visits, has a spare room to confine the fosters, and who has a few extra hours a week to spend with their fosters.

What cats go to the Foster program? 
Kittens under 5 months of age, pregnant momma cats, moms with kittens, special needs, and the elderly are all candidates for the Foster program. We need caregivers for all of these cats and kittens.

How do I learn about fostering?
We've got a great support network of caregivers who can help guide you and answer questions. We even have written instruction manual and classroom "training." You won't go this alone. We're here to help you.

In a nutshell
We can provide you with food, litter, medicines, and pretty much any other cat supplies you need. We pay for vet visits. You simply need to transport them there when needed and spend time kissing them, petting them, cooing over them (and.... cleaning litter boxes and washing their dishes). If you've got some time to spare, we'd love to have you.

Frankness.... 
Okay, being a caregiver isn't all kissing bellies and cuddling with kittens. For the most part and most days, it is fun. But sometimes kittens unexpectedly get sick. There may be more vet visits. There may be some sleepless nights, up caring for a sick kitten. You will clean litter boxes more than you've ever cleaned before. And vacuum more. And pick up toys more. And ask, "Okay, which one of you did this?" more times than you care to count. And worry more. And analyze litter box contents more than you ever thought in a million years you would. And have more cat hair on your clothes than you think could possibly be on the kitten itself. And sleep less.  But it means saving more cats. That can't be stressed enough. The work a foster caregiver does is rewarded when that little face looks up at you and you realize, "He may not be alive right now if I hadn't started fostering."

To apply
You can apply online here:   http://felinerescue.org/volunteering/foster-volunteer-application/
We'd really love to have you. And so would the cats.

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Dangers of the Great Outdoors

Some people think cats are outdoor creatures. They think their cat is happier living outside. They use the excuse that "They're wild creatures at heart. They need to be outside!" or "I just can't bear to keep him inside. He howls at the door until I let him out." Indeed, a little romp outside can be a nice change of pace.  For some cats, feeling grass under their feet and all the different smells really do make them happy. However, opening the door and letting them roam free is quite dangerous. Anything can get to your cat outside - people, cars, other animals. If you do take your cat outside, the cat should be on a harness and with you at all times. The following two tales really emphasize the importance of not letting your cat roam free outdoors.

Quade was an indoor-outdoor 6 month old kitten. For the past couple of weeks, Quade would return to his house with a new wound somewhere on his body. His owner couldn't figure out what was causing these wounds. A week ago, when Quade returned to his house, he couldn't put any weight on his back leg. The owner then discovered why. The neighbor kids were using Quade as target practice. His previous wounds were caused by BB gunshots. With this last round of target practice, one of the BBs broke Quade's leg. His owner couldn't afford the vet bills and surrendered her kitten to Feline Rescue.

Quade's BB wounds
Quade will have surgery to repair this fracture. The vet brought in a specialist because this fracture is particularly tricky. It's just below the knee. We're gambling that Quade's leg can be fixed.


Addy was another indoor-outdoor cat. Addy's owner didn't like to confine this fun-loving, earthy cat to the house. She thought he could - and would - always be able to look out for himself while outside. Unfortunately, a few days ago, Addy was hit by a car. He was caught in the wheel well and dragged for a few blocks before he fell free of the vehicle. It would seem as though the driver of the car never even slowed down. Addy's injuries are absolutely ghastly and look like something out of a horror movie. One of his paws was completely degloved.

Addy's owner couldn't afford the vet bills and surrendered him to Feline Rescue. Addy's injuries are quite severe and his leg cannot be saved. He will have amputation surgery later this week.
Addy wearing his cone.


Both Addy and Quade could have been spared these painful injuries if they were kept inside. On one hand, they're lucky because they've survived their ordeals. They could have suffered through much
different fates.

Both Addy and Quade have months of recovery and rehabilitation ahead of them. Both cats, despite the pain of their injuries, are sweet and affectionate guys. They know that even though some bad people hurt them, not every person is bad. They will be ready for adoption as soon as they master their rehab classes.

Addy and Quade have another thing in common - their surgeries are quite expensive. To contribute towards Addy's and Quade's vet bills, you can donate via either the "Network for Good" or "Pay Pal" or go to our web site.  Please make sure to enter "Addy's and Quade's vet bills" in the Designation field. Any amount will be thoroughly appreciated.

We're also looking for a caregiver for Addy. He will need to be on kennel rest for a good 3-6 weeks (we can provide the kennel). If you'd like to foster him, please submit a Foster Caregiver Application Form.

Donating by credit card via Network for Good Online:

Donating by PayPal or credit card via PayPal Online:


Donations by personal check can be mailed to:

Feline Rescue, Inc.
Attn: Donations
593 Fairview Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55104

 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Earning Bucky's Trust


Cap and Bucky are brothers who were born outside and rescued during a TNR project.  Volunteers Stacey and Brian, who have helped many foster kitties find their forever homes, agreed to work on these shy brothers to get them ready for adoption. Having the patience to help scared kitties come out of their shells is rewarding. Here is an update on Cap and Bucky after just a few weeks in their foster home: 

Thought I would give you an update on the boys. Cap is doing amazing, he's like a normal indoor cat, and has connected with the other cats in the house. He loves to snuggle and be pet, and is extremely playful/destructive towards cat toys. All I need to work with him is being picked up.


Bucky, on the other hand, is a different story. He's taken longer to warm up to us than any other cats we've had. He's just started to come out of hiding though, and has been VERY curious about us lately. He started out just peeking around the kitchen to watch us (I make sure he watched us interact with the other kitties in a very positive way). Now he comes out to eat with the rest of the kitties (he LOVES the other cats, he rubs all over them; he will soon learn that to be friends with the other cats he'll need to be friends with us, because the cats follow us everywhere we go in the house). He will let us get a little close to him (he will run down the stairs if we get too close, but comes right back), he does hiss and growl still, but when I go to hand feed him treats he will swat them out of my hand, he does it nicely though with no claws, so that's a good sign.
I had a breakthrough with him last night and he followed me to the living room and sat on the coffee table and ate treats I gave him. (I also caught him in the kitty tree with Cap last night.)


Little by little Bucky is improving every day with us, he just takes a little more time than some of the others. We do have a big kitty tunnel in our kitchen that he feels very safe in; you can tell he wants to be a part of the family already, but is just scared. So he likes to lay in the cat tunnel and watch us, to be around everyone and still feel safe.

A few days later:

Bucky has already improved so much since I sent that email. He is now staying in rooms with us and the other cats because he's so curious about us, and LOVES all the cats. We have now gotten Bucky to be able to eat out of our hands. He still doesn't like being touched yet, but when we do pet him, he doesn't run much. 
Cap and Bucky don't mind the dog at all, very dog friendly.
Cap has started to cuddle in bed with me every now and then, and he loves to lick and nibble on fingers and toes. 
I can't wait to see more of Bucky's progress. (He's definitely food motivated now.) :)


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Amazing Tricolored Dreamcoats!

Tricolor cats – it’s like having 3 cats in one! Feline Rescue has several beautiful tricolor momma cats that have been the very definition of selfless caregivers, yet during the very busy kitten season they are often overlooked as potential additions to families looking to add a feline companion to their home. Many of the Feline Rescue moms are just youngsters themselves at only a year or two old!

Ripley

While the lure of adorable little fluff ball kittens is understandable, don’t forget the momma cats who have cared for their little ones for several months and now want a chance for a forever family of their own or maybe together with one of their kittens!

Pastiche


Momma cats at Feline Rescue are colorful, social and like to play! Come meet one of them today in their foster home and see what a joy it would be to have a momma cat as part of your family!

Martha


For more information about visiting some of our gorgeous tricolored, momma cats, submit an adoption inquiry form or contact Joan at 651-705-6264.

For a listing of all of our available cats and kittens, check our web site's Available Cats and Kittens page.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hey! Check us out too!

We're kinda getting overlooked not sure why since we're just as fun and cuddly as our brothers and sisters who have been adopted or have visitors coming to meet them. Is it because we're not as colorful?

We're a bunch of mini black panthers which is even better.

Black Velvet


Cola


Freyja


Guinness


Khalo


Oso


Sierra



For more information about visiting some silly, purry black kittens, submit an adoption inquiry form or contact Joan at 651-705-6264.

For a listing of all of our available cats and kittens, check our web site's Available Cats and Kittens page.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Happy 9th Birthday to Nelson!

UPDATE FROM ADOPTER:
Hello Denise,

It’s that time again and Nelson will be 9 on June 1st.


NELSON
Nelson is doing very well and has become quite the snuggle buddy. He seems to be mellowing in his older years which for me is wonderful given his troubles with food allergies and behavior. He has been thriving since he started on Prozac which keeps his rolling skin, twitching, and self-biting at bay. 

Once again I need to thank all from Feline Rescue who chimed in with their thoughts and ideas for his care over the years, you all are the best!! With the help of my vet Nelson is finally at peace with himself and is happy.

LANA KITTY PIERSON
Lana Kitty Pierson was adopted last fall from a Feline Rescue foster Mom Coleen. Lana was a mother of 5 beautiful babies and is now 2 years old and very precocious. She is full of personality and very gentle and kind.

LANA KITTY PIERSON
I was hoping that Nelson and she would be pals however he wants no part of her. My introductions have ended with both of them fighting and have produced some bloody scratches. I am pretty convinced that Nelson is a one person cat. 

Nelson and Lana live in separate rooms and get alternate times out with the run of the house.

My hope is that someday Nelson will accept her.


NELSON
Thank you for all you did for Nelson and thank you to all the great Feline Rescue folks for their dedication and service!

Sincerely,

Lisa R~

NOTE FROM FORMER FOSTER MOM: 
Nelson was one of a litter of tabby kittens that I called the Chipmunks: Chip & Dale, Simon, Theodora, Alvinia. Ironically, the mother of the Chipmunks was a lovely solid black cat named "Lana" -- the same name as Chip/Nelson's new sister!! Perhaps he doesn't like his mother's name for this new sister :-)

Check out some kitten photos here:

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