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The Cat House on the Kings: Why The Newsletter Is Often Late

IN THE June 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures,
andJackie Dale
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by Jackie Dale

Jackie is a part of Cat House On The Kings in Parlier and does a monthly column on the Cat House here at KRL.

The past month for me has mostly been spent working on the quarterly newsletter. It is a labor of love, so I hope you will take the time to read it. If you don’t yet subscribe, please go to www.cathouseonthekings.com and sign up to receive it. It is located at the bottom right hand side of the page. Read the latest news and keep up with what’s happening at The Cat House.

But of course the rescue calls keep coming and I have to take care of those, too. So if the newsletter is sometimes late, that might be why. Ideally, we like to have it out on the first day of each quarter, but when kitty duty calls…I just can’t say no.

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Kingsburg kitten–find his story below

These last few weeks have been brisk, to say the least. I was toiling away at the newsletter when I received a frantic call from a volunteer at the 2nd Chance Dog Rescue in Selma. Someone had brought in a kitten stuck to a sticky rattrap. Probably one of the vilest ways to catch pests, the sticky trap will trap whatever gets on it. The trapped animal dies a very slow painful death, usually of starvation. Not even rats deserve to die like that. The kitten was lying on its side, just covered in glue. Due its condition—very thin and severely dehydrated—it had likely been trapped for quite some time, perhaps for days. I immediately called Lynea, who said to rush the kitten there ASAP.

Lynea and her staff spent days trying various methods to remove the glue, including peanut butter and coconut oil. Nothing worked to completely remove the glue, and we finally had to let the remaining residue wear off on its own. Lynea said the kitten smelled like candy, so an online poll on Facebook came up with the name Almond Joy, Joy for short. Which is cool because my middle name is Joy!

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Almond Joy

A couple of days later I received a call from the caretaker of the feral refuge. Her brother, who I work for and who is a neighbor of Lynea’s, had been dining at a local restaurant. A thin injured cat was coming onto the patio dining area looking for food. The waitresses were spraying him with a water bottle and offering patrons cups of water to throw on him to shoo him away. I was not happy with this restaurant because I had already trapped and relocated seven cats for them. They had promised to donate to the open house and had failed to do so. So to now hear this…well I was mad!

I immediately went to the restaurant only to have them lie to my face. They in fact denied even knowing anything about a cat. I was unable to locate the animal, so I set a trap. I caught the friendly boy and he was treated and neutered. He had a horrible case of “stud tail” where the tail becomes caked with dirt and the oil secreted from the glands at the base of his tail. His tail had to be shaved. If no home is found for “Julius” he will be relocated to the feral sanctuary. My boss and his wife sent Lynea a nice donation for Julius’ care.

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Julius

A few days passed, and I got another urgent message from an acquaintance. She had found a cat lying in the middle of a busy Fresno street, alive but unable to move and with a maggot-infested wound. No idea how it ended up in the middle of a busy downtown street. She didn’t know what to do and she did not have the funds to take it to the vet. We met halfway and when I lifted the towel to look at the wound, my friend threw up. A strong stomach is essential when you work in rescue. I thanked her for her efforts because she said people were just driving around the wounded animal and no one would stop. Reminds me of a line in a song that goes, “They turn their heads and pretend they just don’t see.” Edmund Burke said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing.”

I rushed the very dehydrated kitty to the vet, where he was treated for an infected burst abscess. He is still in the Cat House ICU, and continues to improve. A few donations have been made for Ventura’s (the name of the street where he was found) care, but not yet enough to cover his bill. Any donation would be greatly appreciated!

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RIP Chewy

I had just returned from dropping off Ventura at the Cat House, when a call came in from Catalina, the lady with 35 cats. She had found that one of her cats was injured, so I got back in my car and drove to pick it up. It was determined that the cat had been shot with a BB gun. Chewy, the cat did not survive. Catalina called again a couple of days later. She had another injured cat. I wasn’t able to go, so I asked one of my foster people to go pick it up for me. Unfortunately, the cat died before she got there. This is the third, possibly the fourth time this has happened. Someone in the neighborhood is shooting Catalina’s cats. The police have been alerted, and Catalina is being counseled on how to keep her cats within her property.

The very next day I was still trying to work on the newsletter when I got a call from a lady in Kingsburg. She is the manager at the SaveMart there, and I had helped them trap and fix three feral cats that live in the shopping center. She told me that someone had left a kitten in an ice chest in front of the store. She said it was very cute and very friendly. I asked her to bring me the kitten, which she did. I emailed a photo to Lynea and of course, Lynea said to bring it in. A kitten that cute will not be around very long for sure. A bonus was that he was also healthy. He would not use up any precious resources.

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Rescued dogs

I once even had to rescue two giant dogs someone had abandoned near my home. The boy and girl Mastiff mixes are the sweetest gentle giants. They are very attached to each other and stayed together like they were Siamese twins. I suspect their owner was not able to handle their giant appetites and, holy cow, their giant poops. A neighbor helped me transport them to my kennel in his truck. As I was arranging for rescue, the neighbor decided that he would adopt the extremely bonded pair. What a miracle and a blessing!

During these active summer months the cats are on the move, so we get a high volume of calls for injured cats. We do our best to help; we can’t help everyone but we really try. The more donations we get, the more cats we are able to help. I know we are always asking for money, but that is how we are able to do what we do. We save cats, and we must raise the money to feed and care for them.

We are so appreciative our regular donors and sponsors. YOU ARE THE LIFEBLOOD of The Cat House on the Kings. Without you, we would cease to exist and that just isn’t an option. THANK YOU!

Check out more animal rescue & pet related articles, including more Cat House columns, in our Pet Perspective section and remember that if you buy an ad in KRL you can designate 10% of the ad price to go to the Cat House.

Jackie Dale is a freelance writer who lives in Reedley with her husband of 21 years, Frank, and their 2 children. Jackie currently writes for Traffic Magazine and for The Cat House on the Kings Feline Rescue. A former ballerina, Jackie now teaches yoga and fitness classes privately and at local area gyms.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 April.HNo Gravatar June 25, 2016 at 7:02am

Dear Jackie, thanks for telling us the actual facts of rescue, as you always do. No worries if the CHOTK and KRL newsletters are late, it’s fine with me — priorities are priorities, right?! I’m a supporter of CHOTK and KRL since 2010, when Lynea allowed me to surrender 3 sibling semi-feral cats I’d been feeding for 5 years and the VA land they were on, told all feral feeders they had to relocate…. Always on the side of CHOTK and KRL, Sincerely, April.H

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2 Laura RavenscraftNo Gravatar
Twitter: @lauraravens
June 26, 2016 at 6:53am

Thank you all for your heartfelt efforts to help any creature…. I do have tears in my eyes because it never ever stops…. I love you all so much. Will keep making monthly & sometimes weekly donations. I adopted two kittens from TCHOTK in September 2014. Met Lynea in person which was on my bucket list. Will return with my big Sister, Donna whom has rescued many cats & other animals over the years. Always getting a forever home. Last but not least… getting spayed & neutered too…. :)

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3 VirginiaNo Gravatar
Twitter: @Mrs.
June 26, 2016 at 8:33am

Bless you and thank you.

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4 DjNo Gravatar June 26, 2016 at 9:23am

Never realized how much work goes into rescuing a cat.
Thank you all for all you do!!!

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5 Elaine NishimeNo Gravatar June 26, 2016 at 9:54am

Just many thanks..
😀

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6 DorothyNo Gravatar June 26, 2016 at 10:00am

Thanks for sharing. I agree rescue work comes first.

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7 LindaNo Gravatar June 26, 2016 at 10:55am

I don’t mind when the letter is late, I know you are busy with the cats and they of course come first. Plus I know the letter will we as good as it always is. Love you guys and I thank you for all you do…Linda

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8 LAURA BURLEYNo Gravatar June 26, 2016 at 12:28pm

God bless you for all your help. You are a saint…GOD bless you for all you do.

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9 SHARON WAINWRIGHTNo Gravatar
Twitter: @NOT ON TWITTER
June 26, 2016 at 12:53pm

I THINK THAT CHOTK IS THE MOST WONDERFUL PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE. I WOULD RATHER VISIT THERE THAN MOST ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD, AND IT IS ON MY BUCKET LIST. MY HUSBAND AND I TRY TO DONATE AS MUCH AS WE CAN, AS OFTEN AS WE CAN BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW EXPENSIVE ANIMALS CAN BE, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU RESCUE UPWARDS OF A THOUSAND A YEAR. THE MOST WE EVER HAD WAS 24. NOW IN OUR WANING YEARS, HE IS 79, I WILL BE 70 THIS YEAR, AND NOT EXACTLY IN THE BEST OF HEALTH, WE ONLY HAVE TWO KITTIES, HOWEVER, SINCE 2001 WE HAVE BURIED 11 DOGS (1 MAMA AND 10 BABIES – 9 WERE STILL BORN AND THE TENTH ONE GOT HIT BY A CAR WHEN SHE WAS 4 MONTHS OLD AND THE MAMA GRIEVED HERSELF TO DEATH), AND SIX CATS, ALL ADULTS. i HAD ONE CAT FOR 21 YEARS. WE WILL KEEP ON HELPING CHOTK AS MUCH AS WE CAN, BUT IT’S NOT EASY WHEN YOU LIVE ON A FIXED INCOME (RETIREMENT & SOCIAL SECURITY), BUT IF WE EVER FIND OURSELVES “IN THE MONEY” CHOTK WILL BE ONE OF OUR FIRST RECIPIENTS, AFTER TITHING OF COURSE. BREAKS MY HEART THAT WE CAN’T DO MORE. MAY GOD BLESS EVERYONE AFFILIATED WITH CHOTK AND LYNEA L.

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10 Karen Y ElliottNo Gravatar June 27, 2016 at 12:06pm

There is a feral mama cat and her baby, about 8 to 12 wks old, hanging around so I started to feed them. I think mama is in heat because 2 feral males are now hanging out. Does anyone have a trap cage I can borrow? I want to get her spayed. I think kitten is female – tabby with calico colors. And the male cats aren’t bothering her. I can’t afford much so might need help. Want to get the kitten spayed too. Ideas/suggestions, anyone? Thanks.

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11 Jackie DaleNo Gravatar June 28, 2016 at 10:22pm

Where are you located? You can email me at jackiejoy@hotmail.com and I will try to help you.

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12 David MooreNo Gravatar June 29, 2016 at 5:55am

I never noticed it being late, i always counted it as a blessing that day. Thanks for ALL you do. God Bless You!

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