Wednesday, January 3, 2018

FORGING AHEAD!

Happy New Year to all of you! - so exciting to think that another new one is upon us. So excited for all of the potential lives the rescue will be able to save this year and of course, the small part that we'll be able to play in welcoming some of those kids here to the Safe Haven.

The holidays have been lovely and it's been so nice to spend the past almost two weeks now with our furbabies. Clarence is still with us and I personally find myself loving him more and more each day. Just last night he fell asleep on my chest while I was watching t.v., tucking his head under my chin. No calls for him as yet but it's not really surprising as his FIV+ status will make him abit harder to adopt out (but not impossible!) :))


In addition, we've had afew emails from past adopters which we were so thrilled to receive.........

Our darling Pica:


And our VERY handsome Mako:


Both are entirely loved, spoiled, and happy. What more could we ask for to kick off 2018!!!!

Monday, December 25, 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

On this cold, snowy morning our household wants to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! We're so grateful and thankful to be together this holiday season, to have our health, comforts, and to be blessed with so much with which to share.

Clarence is being such a good boy while staying with us and we're especially thankful that we could welcome him here to the Safe Haven so that he didn't have to spend the holidays in the shelter. That said, we think of all those cats & dogs who sit in shelters this morning, waiting patiently and quietly for someone to open their heart and take them home.

Hoping everyone has a very blessed day...........

Saturday, December 2, 2017

POST SEVEN DAYS

We've decided to call our new foster Clarence. Having been here just over a week, he's doing amazingly well..............so much so that he spent last night curled up beside me on the bed as I watched t.v.; resting his head on my lap the entire time. Overnight he goes back into his foster room (which he seems to enjoy) since our Silly has been caught bugging him abit largely to avoid any out and out blowups as much as possible.

Just as a precaution we do have our sofa and chair covered which we'll do now for every guest. It gives us peace of mind and ensures more of a happy stay here at Safe Haven. :))

Love this little boy already and again, so grateful that we could offer him our home.


Saturday, November 25, 2017

THE ANSWER



Earlier this week, a plea went out from the rescue to help save some cats housed at the shelter. I never stopped looking, but declawed males don't tend to come with any degree of frequency so I wasn't expecting to see anybody when I opened the newest list on Wednesday morning.

He's between 5-7 years of age, has a mild heart murmur and is FIV+. None of those things were what caught my eye - what did however was the part that read "he's been in the shelter since July and although placed in the adoption room, continues to wait". In a shelter cage every day for the past 4 months?! I may have hesitated for all of the 30 seconds before I replied we'd like to welcome him here. A HUGE thank you to the volunteer driver "K" who drove clear across the city in Friday night traffic to bring him to us (he's a total love bug which is why he was a shelter favorite).

After Dooley left us at the end of September, I didn't honestly know if we would foster again. I decided then that if it was something we were supposed to continue to be involved in, than quite simply the Lord would let me know that and as for timing, I left that to Him as well. If there are any skeptics or non believers among you, you'll likely not take much stock in that last sentence, but as far as I'm concerned - He answered and the loving, adorable, gentle, beautiful response lies in my spare room.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

SOMETHING HAPPY

We are without a foster at present. The furniture has all been repaired, and we're focusing on our own boys right now, especially since our Rocky is becoming alot more fragile health wise.

But this post isn't meant to be another downer; no this one is to share some wonderful news and shots I received afew months ago from a previous adopter. "M" took Quincy (now called Oscar), home with her two years ago. She's kind enough to drop us a note from time to time, letting us know how her sweet boy is doing and this time around, the update was even more precious as we learned that Oscar has a new feline sister AND a brother in an ex-greyhound dog that "M" adopted. They live in the country now in the Maritimes, and Oscar has been very good about adapting.

See for yourself..........



Doesn't that just put a smile on your face? - it sure did ours!!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

"F" FOR FAILURE

I know my entries have been non existent for abit. There's been a great deal going on and I was hoping to write when I had better news but since it's not coming in the foreseeable future, I thought it best to at least acknowledge it.

A week ago this past Tuesday we discovered that Dooley had once again urinated on our livingroom sofa. That was with full plastic in place (he crawled under it), and while we left him out unsupervised during a day at work. Truth be told, we were convinced that his accidents had been as a result of his urinary crystals and since he had been placed on prescription food and was using litterboxes perfectly, we let our guard down. It's really hard to know what the cause is, but we're hopeful that now it's the fact that our boy Silly and Dooley don't always get along, and that a home on his own might be just what the doctor ordered. Sooooooo this coming Saturday we're moving him to a foster space where he'll be the only pet in the hopes that that is the magical answer.

As if it wasn't sad and frustating enough to know that we couldn't see him adopted from our home, he also had WONDERFUL adopters who were interested in him last weekend that we had to let know that sadly he could not be adopted currently until the source of this issue is resolved. They were so appreciative of our honesty, and I try to console myself by remembering that everything happens for a reason, but right now the only thing I feel is a big mix of sadness and defeat as I'm really going to miss this boy.

Not sure where this road leads at present, this experience has been awful for all involved, but hopefully time will tell.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

WAKE UP CALL

I know it's been several weeks since I last wrote, to say it's been abit crazy would be putting it mildly.......

First off, our darling Dooley is still with us but just. That's due to the fact that almost three weeks ago now, he urinated on our leather sofa practically right in front of us, and then as we scrambled to clean and cover some other leather pieces we had as well, it was discovered that a brand new chair in our home office had been urinated on more than once, unbeknownst to us. We were furious, then devastated, then furious some more.................the sofa and chair are custom made, very expensive and items that we saved for in order to acquire. Even typing it makes me cringe because I know how it makes us sound, but believe me when I tell you that it's pretty easy to say that materials things don't matter until you see them damaged right in front of your eyes.

We immediately made plans to have Dooley moved to another foster home because inappropriate urinating was just a deal breaker for us - and it was also a first in almost 140 fosters if you can believe it!!. Not only were hubby and I both upset, we started fighting with one another and suddenly Dooley was "my cat" - not nice. However, there aren't alot of foster parents who want to take in a foster that is having litterbox issues so almost a full week went by and there was still no place to move him to. In the interim, we also decided to take him in to the vet for an urinalysis just to be sure there wasn't anything wrong medically to bring on such behaviour. Turns out that he has struvite crystals and a very elevated PH Balance - BINGO, BIG PROBLEM that explained his actions.............he was trying to tell us that he wasn't feeling well.

Soooooo with my house looking somewhat like a storage unit because we continue to keep furniture covered, Dooley is now on a prescribed diet and is doing wonderfully! It's been very stressful, and continues to be so to some degree because we're not sure if he'll start again, but we are really trying at this point to see past this because it is what it is, it's happened (and taken weeks to clean our furniture which we're still working on), and we really want to see him adopted into a good forever home and not have to put him through the stress of another move before that comes.



And in other news...............remember beautiful Beaumont that we returned to his owner when they appeared? Well we received a call this week that he's been found outside again by the same TNR colony caretaker who trapped him the first time. Appears that his owner suffers from mental health issues and not only is not taking care of him, but is also quite possibly a cat hoarder. So utterly heartbreaking to hear this news, especially since he was rescued once, had the potential for a wonderful forever home, and now finds himself homeless again.

Sigh - onwards and upwards.