From rescuer Barbara:
I am asking for help for some cats that have gotten stranded in Colorado Springs, in particular, anyone who could foster or transport in the area. The very small rescue I work with in the Springs is short on fosters but can provide supplies and I would cover gas if transport is needed…
Details: Rescuers in Oklahoma often transport cats to Colorado where they have a better chance of being adopted. Karen sent 6 cats via rescue flight to a rescue in Pueblo. Unfortunately the rescuer there tried to take too many and got busted. Karen’s cats ended up at the HSPPR. She has no way of getting them back. No other rescues have room at this time. HSPPR is also charging Karen the regular adoption fee to get the cats out. She is not a 501(©3) and does rescue on her own dime.
Penelope and Rose are wobblies – they have cerebral hypoplasia. I have offered to take them – problem is I now live in Tallahassee FL. Second problem – the kittens are being treated for ringworm. Once we get them out of the shelter, they will need a foster until they are cleared to be transported and we can arrange transport. The alternative is to try boarding them, which is expensive.
The other four who also need fosters (or adopters): Sage (male) and Jill (both grey tabbies) are adults; Sterling (brown tabby) and Judah (grey) are about 9-10 months old. If anyone can foster them – supplies provided – please let me know.
I have Barbara’s email and phone number; if you can help (or know someone who can), leave a comment, or contact me at annelaurie (dot) bj (at) gmail (dot) com.
Nowhere near, but could chip in a bit for boarding/transport. Not much, but something. Grocery prices seem to have gone up considerably here in the last month or two.
@Mary G: Tax we are paying for T’s tariffs.
Happy Dussra everyone! The end of the festival of Nine Nights or Navratri. As a child I would draw a representation of Saraswati (Goddess of Wisdom and Learning) and do a pooja of all my books. And we would exchange “gold”. Also start counting the days to Diwali (less than a month!)
Like any situation, changes have occurred. We just got the cats out and are going to evaluate them. Hopefully the kittens are adoptable, but if not I will certainly let everyone know. The most immediate need is if anyone in the area could help by fostering. I would be happy to respond to anyone though with more information. You can reach me via the rescue at 719 591-4640. Or email [email protected]. Thank you.
Turkey is quite clearly gearing up for a major war. Just like when we got ready for the Iraq war, all their media are interviewing retired generals, discussing strategy, embedding key reporters in units and talking it up big-time. They’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but Trump green-lighting it has given it a major impetus and much momentum. And they’re going to attack the Kurds and not necessarily just across the Syrian “border” to create a “safe zone.” Will the Kurds get our help? Will they go to Russia, Assad, Iraq or Iran for help if we don’t provide it? Will our 1000 troops still be there?
I’m sorry. I’m a cat owner (we have 2) but I don’t really understand the cat rescue politics here.
So there are now 6 cats that are (due to a complicated set of circumstances) now at the Colorado Springs Humane Society and presumably now up for adoption there: https://www.hsppr.org/
I’m not understanding the urgency for “foster” cat parents and transport and so forth. Is there some larger set of circumstances and politics involving cat rescue that I’m not aware of?
@Kent: HSPPR had to pull 150 cats from Pueblo. That was in addition to all the cats they already had. They asked local rescues to help reduce the strain on them by taking some of them. The OK rescuer asked if we could pull her cats since she couldn’t. We don’t have a shelter and depend on fosters to house our cats until we can get them adopted. I’d be happy to give you a call to discuss in more detail if you’d like to leave a message on our voicemail.
I am in California, if anything like this happens around San Jose I have room and budget for 2 cats.
@emrys: That’s OK. I just didn’t understand the circumstances. So there is a huge oversupply of cats in the Colorado Springs area and not enough homes. That’s the issue we are responding to? Trying to pull cats out of the system because HSPPR is overwhelmed and can’t deal with all of them?
I guess these sorts of things are regional or local because I never hear about that sort of problem here in the Portland area. In fact it was kind of hard to find a kitten to adopt.
@Kent: That is the problem in many places: Too many cats and not enough homes. The only time we have breathing space is in the winter when there are fewer kittens born. All the Springs rescues have been full this summer particularly with kittens and it seems to get worse every year. And bad as it is in CO, it is worse in places like OK, NM and TX. That is why rescuers and even shelters there try to move their cats somewhere else. Anyway, I am starting to get on a hobbyhorse so I will leave it there.
The Portland metro area can probably take more cats. Due to growth here, there is a demand for pets. I rarely see more than 3-4 cats at the shelter. They are also all well funded because apparently love to donate to shelters here.
If Colorado Springs is overwhelmed.. ask them to reach out to Portland.
I could do foster, but I’m in Portland. I will be in Denver for the weekend end of this month and could take one back but I suspect taking them back to OK would be an issue.
@Mary G: Thank you very much but we are hoping the kittens are more adoptable than we initially thought.
@cain: They can’t go back to the original rescuer because she has no place for them to go so we will be putting them up for adoption. However, I certainly will suggest Portland when we get requests for assistance from other rescues. There is a network of rescue transports although I don’t know how easy it would be to get into your area.
@schrodingers_cat: Why didn’t you tell us before the end of festivities, meany?
Where are they going? I don’t live that far from Colorado Springs.
ETA: I would offer to foster, but I live at the top of a mountain with two high-prey-drive dogs who have never lived with cats before – sounds like a recipe for disaster. But I can check with our local animal welfare league.
@Miss Bianca:Thank you, but I think we will be able to put them up for adoption, it just would be helpful to have more fosters. I’m just getting a look at them via FaceTime and the two Wobblies look that they should be adoptable once the ringworm is cleared up.
@emrys: Our group does arrange for fosters. If you are interested in having me post to their FB page, either Anne Laurie or Adam has my email address.
I’m in Pueblo. We’re full up on cats plus one overly friendly dog who LOVES his cats here in PW. I’m off this week, though, so I can help in any other way.
@TerryD: Thank you for the offer. Sounds like a great household. We got the cats yesterday and are evaluating them, so I think we are okay on transport right now but if something comes up I will let you know.