TJ, a resident senior, has been diagnosed with feline squamous cell carcinoma--a cancer that affects the skin of cats, most often in and around the facial tissue. TJ's manifests in his right eye, on his nose, and along some of the edges of his ears. He has lost weight lately, but has good energy and astronomical affection levels.
Please keep TJ in your heart, and wish him lovely last weeks (months?) and a gentle passing.
When I sent off the giant application to apply for nonprofit status through the IRS, I was informed that the turnaround time was averaging six months, and that there were three possible replies I'd get at that time:
1) Denied 2) Need more information 3) Accepted
#2 is the most common and what I was expecting.
So imagine my shock today, when less than SIX WEEKS after putting the packet in the mail, CROW Cat Rescue's application was ACCEPTED!
Ida joined the CROW family in early March when the city shelter filled up. She birthed her three kittens in early April, and only one of the three survived. (The runt, Zelda, interestingly.) Ida was standoffish at first, but has become more sweet every week that has passed since then. She is affectionate and chatty and loves attention. She is also an excellent mouser and has no bad habits.
She has just gone into her first heat since her pregnancy, and is getting spayed on Wednesday. She is still nursing her last baby (a small 13-week-old) but will be available for adoption anytime after Wednesday.
The Fourth of July is an exciting time for American humans, but can be risky for felines. CROW Cat Rescue in Monte Vista urges residents to keep their cats safe this Independence Day by following these four simple tips.
1. Keep cats away from dangers. The noise of fireworks can startle cats, causing them to run away and potentially into danger. Those who do not fear the noise will be drawn to the lights of the fireworks and could suffer injuries from coming too close. Keep cats away from matches, lighter fluid, hot grills, and fires--with all the picnics, campouts, barbeques, and lighting of fireworks, cats face many hazards. Keep your cat indoors to protect them from burns.
2. Keep cats indoors. Even if your cat is often outdoors, bring them in for a few nights to protect them from the scary noises and the abuse of pranksters. Keep them in a quiet bedroom or bathroom near the center of the house for better noise insulation. If you are having a party, put a note on the door asking guests to avoid that room in order to keep the cats safe. Leaving a television or radio playing at normal volume can help keep the cat company as well as mask the noises of parties and fireworks.
3. Consult with a veterinarian. If you know that your cat is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder and fireworks, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays. A cat tranquilizer might be the best option.
4. Keep an ID tag on your cat. Animal shelters across the country are accustomed to receiving "July 4th" cats and dogs—pets who run off during fireworks displays and are rescued by animal control officers or good Samaritans. Even if you take all of the precautions above, it is still a good idea to keep an ID tag on your cat in case they get out anyway. An ID tag will help you reunite with your pet sooner.
C.R.O.W.'s mission is to improve the welfare of cats and their caregivers in the San Luis Valley, with a special focus on cats who are disabled, abused, senior, feral, or whose humans have become homeless.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. - Mahatma Gandhi
CROW= Colorado Rescue, Outreach, & Welfare
Colorado Yeah, that.
Rescue Cats in the care of C.R.O.W. live cage-free (except for medical reasons) in a network of foster homes in the San Luis Valley. We strive to rescue and rehome as many cats as possible, especially those with special needs, those whose humans have become homeless, and those facing euthanasia from city shelter overflow.
Outreach C.R.O.W. networks with other animal welfare organizations in the area to best meet the needs of the community. We share educational articles in the newspapers, keep an active blog, offer free educational workshops and classes, and interact with the community at large on a regular basis.
Welfare Our rescue and outreach programs directly impact the welfare of cats in the San Luis Valley. We are in the early stages of building a Feral Cat Welfare Program to improve public acceptance of feral cats, to provide winter shelters for colonies around the valley, to trap-neuter-release (TNR) as many feral cats as possible, and to help the caregivers of feral colonies in any way we can.
CROW Cat Rescue is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit. Your donations are tax deductable. Thanks!