Spinner’s Tail

My friends at Katzenworld invited me to do my first ever guest post on my cat Spinner. Please be sure to check it out their blog and my post including photos that I have not previously shared! Enjoy.

Thanks to Marc for allowing this opportunity to share with his community of cat lovers 🙂

Spinner’s Tail.

 

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Let’s Talk About Your Cat!

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Today, Let’s Talk About Your Cat features a 3 year old Bengal Cat formerly named Milow that had been surrendered by his owners to a veterinary clinic after being found injured. After receiving lots of love and care from the clinic he got a new name and found his forever home with my friend Angela.

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 Jenko (fka Milow), is one photogenic cat!

Q How did Jenko come into your life?

A Jenko came into the clinic where I work as an emergency case when he had been shot with an air rifle. The owners surrendered him to our clinic when they were unable to raise the necessary funds to pay for his care. While he was in the clinic, I would visit with him daily and give him hugs and scratches under his chin. Once he was fully recovered, I was fortunate enough to adopt him. His story was one of the inspirations of our Vets Animal Charity which was set up to assist owners with financial constraints in an emergency situation.

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The pellet that was removed from Jenko

Q How did you come up with the name Jenko

A Jenko was named after Channing Tatums character, who also got shot, from the movie 21 Jump street.

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Jenko stays close to mom

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One content cat

Q Describe Jenko’s personality

A Jenko is a very sweet boy, and is usually found right next to me.  He follows me into the kitchen where I think he would eat all day if I let him, and he loves water! He jumps up on the counter when I turn the tap on in the kitchen or when I am brushing my teeth in the bathroom. Sometimes I will fill the kitchen sink up a bit and put something in the water and he’ll play for ages, even standing with one foot in the water. He is very interested in the shower as well, and I think he may eventually go right in it. He also loves heat and sits directly on or in front of the heating vents in the house.

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Jenko has perfected his yoga moves

Q What is your first memory or experience with cats?

A When I was in high school we moved and I was very sad to leave my friends and the school that I attended. My parents bought me a cat to keep me company and to help with the loneliness. She was a long-haired tabby and absolutely adorable. That was the first cat that owned me and I have had cats in my life ever since.

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The perfect spotted belly

Q Anything else people should know?

A We also have a dog named Gertie that came to us from a rescue in California. We originally took Jenko home on a trial basis only to see if they would get along, and he never left. Within the first 24 hours, they were lying next to each other on the couch and Jenko was licking Gertie’s head. Now it’s almost like having two dogs, they run around the house like maniacs and greet us together when we come home. I can’t imagine life without them now!

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Jenko and Gertie fast friends

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Who is the boss?

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Jenko and Gertie a perfect match

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Napping buddies in their favorite spot

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When Failure Is A Good Thing

Meet Pippi, he belongs to a friend of mine and is a rescue cat from Toronto Animal Services. I remember him from the shelter but this is the first time I have seen him since my friend fostered adopted him…and you know how the story goes. I recently watched him overnight while she was away and thought there must be lots of cats that go to homes as fosters and end up staying. If you are going to fail at something this would be it.

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If you can’t adopt please consider fostering a cat from your local animal shelter or rescue group. It’s a great alternative and if you do happen become a foster failure, don’t worry it’s a good thing 😉

Whisker Wednesday

This is Fi, she puts the “Whisker” in Whisker Wednesday

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She loves her Fleece blanket

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…and is Fond of Fuchsia colored Feathered toys

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Friendly and sweet Fi is looking for her Forever home. You can Find her up for adoption at Toronto Animal Services ID 697332

Whisker Wednesday has been brought to you by the letter F 🐱

One Man’s Crusade to Help Feral Cats

Helder Da Silva of Toronto found and rescued a frozen kitten four years ago at his place of work, the compassionate act would become instrumental in changing his life and the lives of many homeless cats.

Da Silva who has six cats of his own has racked up over 140,000 km on his car over the past four years traveling to cat colonies everyday across the city providing about 35 homeless cats with donated food and water he told the Toronto Star.

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Helder Da Silva feeds cats daily at four locations in the around the city – Source Sadiya Ansari Toronto Star

“I’ve lost a lot of respect for the human race because this is all done by people — careless, ignorant, uneducated. It shouldn’t be happening,” said Da Silva.

While food is a concern for the cats so is the source of available water  “They’re dying of thirst” he told the Toronto Star, so when the temperature starts to drop, he leaves water in a steel bowl placed in an old cookie tin, which he keeps from freezing by lighting a small candle beneath the bowl in the tin.

Helder Da Silva is doing his part to help and has fixed about 100 plus cats, and like other cat colony caretakers has benefited by the free spay neuter clinics offered through the Toronto Humane Society and Toronto Animal Services.

Unwanted cats are abandoned all the time, they are left in areas with existing cat colonies all over the city, the problem made worse by the fact that people do not spay and neuter their cats.

“If people don’t want their cats, just give them up for adoption,” Da Silva said. There are so many organizations assisting in adoptions now that just dropping off a cat curbside should never be an option, he said. “There’s no excuse for that.”

It is estimated that there are about 100,000  plus homeless cats in the city, anyone wishing to get involved and help should contact the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition a group that offers fantastic resources on TNR.

Feline Friday Volunteer Edition

These last couple of weeks while volunteering at the animal shelter I met a few cats that were exceptional superstars, having been rescued from hoarders or unsafe conditions.  Other than initial shyness or a distinguishing physical characteristic, upon meeting these gentle and affectionate cats one would never know they had come from less than ideal situations.

Sinatra and Ferdinand

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Sinatra had an ear hematoma but is all healed up now and looking as handsome as ever!

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This newly arrived trio of cats are beyond sweet and ready for cuddles and cat piles.

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Sinatra and Ferdinand both have found homes but the trio of orange and black cats are newly available and will be up for adoption at Toronto Animal Services South Shelter this week.

Fate on the 427 a Rescue Story

Mandi Howard, a nurse from the Humber River Hospital’s emergency department, was in the right place at the right time, you might even call it fate. In this case Mandi’s timing would prove to be life saving.

Last week Mandi Howard was driving along Toronto’s busy Highway 427 when she noticed something being thrown from a car, at first she thought it was just fast food trash, but very quickly realized it was fur – it was an animal.

Howard pulled over just before the Gardiner Expressway and carefully got out of her car, walking along the shoulder of the highway as cars whizzed by. Halfway towards the animal, she realized what it was.” 

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The kitten, named Pedro was rescued from the side of Highway 427 and taken in to the Toronto Humane Society, where he’s been recovering.

She pulled over to the side and walked along the shoulder of the highway, waved to slow drivers down and quickly scooped up the kitten who was in bad shape.

“His poor little mouth is busted open and he’s got a tooth missing in the front and his paw was really deformed.”

Mandi cradled and supported the tiny screaming kitten who started to quiet down as soon as she began to sing along to Taylor Swifts Blank Space on the radio, while she rushed him to the Toronto Humane Society where he received emergency vet care. Little Pedro was treated for scrapes, the vets sewed up his split lip and put splints on his back legs. All of the toes on the kitten’s back paws were broken.

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Pedro the Kitten after treatment looking better. -via Toronto Humane Society

Mandi, who had lost her own cat named May a week earlier, plans to adopt Pedro and said that it was May who guided her to Pedro “This was my day off. I wasn’t even supposed to be there,” she said. “She brought me there for a reason.” via the Toronto Star

Mandi is no stranger to animal rescue as she also runs Mama Meows Cat Rescue based in Oshawa, Ontario where her current list of cats up for adoption come from the high-kill New York Shelter (NYACC). The rescue specializes in very sick and orphaned kittens but is looking to expand and be able to help all cats and kittens. If you would like to become a foster parent, donate or volunteer your time to the rescue please contact them here.

An Indiegogo campaign has also been started to help pay for Pedro’s medical costs called The 427 Kitten and as of today has raised $5,885 in donations, well above what was required. The remaining funds will be put to good use and be donated to the Toronto Humane Society to help other animals in need.

The OSPCA is investing and looking for leads, if you were traveling on the 427 last Wednesday December 3 and witnessed the kitten being tossed from a car window, or saw anything that could help with this case, please call Constable John Ennis at 416-235-4981 of the Ontario Provincial Police. It is hopeful that a witness will come forward to help catch the abuser who committed this horrible crime.