Information about local DC/Baltimore area rescue organizations and shelters:
http://www.metropets.org ***A lot of information for DC/Balt./No. Va. area shelters, rescue groups, vets, etc. is contained on Metropets website, which also maintains 3 Yahoo egroups. If rehoming an animal, consider joining DC-Rescue and asking for help there after reviewing the archives. Many placement organizations are members of DC-Rescue, and joining DC-Rescue might be a way of reaching out for assistance and ideas from its 250+ member internet community. ***
Terrific link by a vet: http://www.vetinfo4cats.com/catindex.html
General Pet Care Tips: http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pets_cuttingcosts
Feral or Stray Cats:
Alley Cat Rescue (DC area) http://saveacat.org
Neighborhood Cats (NYC based) http://neighborhoodcats.org
Alley Cat Allies (national) www.alleycats.org
Feral Cat Coalition (West Coast based) www.feralcat.com
National on-line member group: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/feral_cats/
Litterbox Problems -- http://www.mdfelinesociety.org/AIN%27TMISBEHAVINCATSTHATMISSTHELITTERPAN.htm
Neonatal kitten care -- www.kittenrescue.org/handbook.htm
To find lost shy cats -- www.catsinthebag.org/
A lot of declawed cats lose homes once problems -- more often seen in declawed cats -- develop. Easy to say, "He's an indoor cat, " but if a cat becomes a fear biter or stops using cat box, average person cannot get the door open fast enough, and contact rescuers to rehome such problem cats . . . but list is short of adopters willing to take such cats. Please do not declaw cats. http://www.de-clawing.com/
Develop a Pet Plan to provide for your own animals using these sites:
I (Joanna Harkin) have used www.legacywriter.com and think it offers a good service for a reasonable price ($15-30). Drawing up a will on line provide (1) something in the event of your untimely demise, and (2) you can use the on-line one as a basis for consulting with a lawyer.
Insurance -- www.insure.com (insurance pays out in 30 days; an insurance policy payable to a trust friend with a back-up beneficiary is not a bad way to handle care for your animals after if you die)
Organizations accepting cats (for a fee -- usually considerable):
http://www.nsal.org (North Shore Animal League will adopt the cat out which can be good and bad -- the problem is that they don't take cats back reaily if the adoption fails or something necessitates a return)
A Poem (sentimental -- get out the tissues):
When would she come?
Winston didn’t know.
He did not even know his name,
On that day so long ago.
When she arrived, he knew it then,
The lady with the loving eyes,
He ran right up to her with glee,
And she scooped him up to his surprise.
Happy Birthday he heard the man say,
He didn’t yet know this was “dad”.
For he was only eight weeks old,
A sweet and loving Siamese lad.
He found the best mommy, he knew,
And loved his new home very well.
He slept upon her pillow that night,
As he would for life his mommy could tell.
He followed her around like a little pup,
Bringing his ball for her to throw.
Playing fetch was a favorite game,
For mommy’s precious little shadow.
Winston would anxiously wait,
Whenever his mommy had to go,
Excitedly somersaulting upon her return,
For the “tummy kisses” she would bestow.
The years went by, and Winston was twelve.
His bond with mommy was very strong.
His leg was lame and causing him pain,
She knew in her heart that something was wrong.
The news was bad, the doctor said.
Winston had bone cancer of the worst form.
There were no options that could help,
There was no magic to perform.
Mommy knew in her shattered heart,
The only thing that could be done.
Tears of love and pain flowed free,
As she held her baby with warm affection.
The night before it was time to leave,
Winston let his mommy know,
He caressed her face with tender touches,
As he lay upon her tear soaked pillow.
A special kitty resides at the Bridge,
Among doggies, birds, kitties and fishes,
Awaiting the day he’ll somersault again,
To receive his mommy’s “tummy kisses”.
Written for Gwen’s “Winston”
March 1st, 2007