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.
A Quick and Easy Happy EndingMy work on this column was briefly delayed by the easiest rescue and reunion I have ever facilitated. I arrived home from teaching a morning yoga class to find a giant mastiff and a matching puppy parked across the street from my rural home. By the time I parked and got some leashes, the pair had left and were wandering down the road. My daughter and I ran down the street and located them in the nearby orange grove. The mastiff was very friendly so we leashed both dogs and walked them back to our property. We proceeded to make to two large signs using neon green poster board that we were lucky enough to have on hand. (neon colored posters are the most visible) I also took a picture and posted it on Facebook. A couple of hours later I saw a truck pause in front of the sign and then pull into my driveway. It turns out the dog’s owners had awakened that morning to find their gates open, their livestock out and the dogs missing. They had been searching the surrounding neighborhoods for hours before seeing our sign. The dogs had traveled about two miles from home including crossing a busy main road. The owners were extremely happy and grateful to have found their dogs safe and sound. There is nothing quite like the feeling of reuniting a lost pet with its frantic owner. It is definitely a good feeling, that’s for sure!
Rescues Are Going StrongIn late January Good Samaritans found four kittens, only days old, wrapped in a towel and left next to the garbage bins at a local apartment complex. Not finding any sign of the mother, the kittens were brought to the Cat House on the Kings. Our wonderful Tammy Barker took in the tiny babies; their eyes not even open yet, and bottle-fed the kittens every few hours. Tammy also went back to the apartment trying to find the mother, but since they were wrapped in a towel, it is fairly certain they were abandoned. I think that the person who left them hoped they would be found. Otherwise they would not have wrapped them in a towel and they would have placed them in the garbage bin instead of next to it. We will never know why but with the temperatures dipping into the low 30s, there was no question; the weak, frail kittens could not survive the frigid cold. It was touch and go for a few days but Tammy’s loving care worked it’s awesome magic. The kittens have now moved to another foster home where they continue to thrive and grow. In no time at all the adorable kittens, two orange/white and two tuxedos, will be ready for adoption and looking for their furever homes.
The Cat House has recently taken in five gorgeous Chinchilla Persians from a breeder who only has a short time to live. After the usual quarantine period, the Persians will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and put up for adoption. If you are interested in one of these beautiful Persian cats you should apply early, as these beauties are sure to go fast!
Then there is Nemo aka “chicken wing”, who has a deformed front leg that resembles a chicken wing. Nemo was abandoned on someone’s doorstep and has since been adopted by one of our regular volunteers.
Rena Gunn was out jogging one day when she found a white cat that had been hit by a car. Rena called the Cat House for help and we were able to assist with the cat’s medicals needs. Rena and her daughter, Kaylee, named the white beauty Casper. Kaylee and her school service club, Destination Imagination, had been searching for a service project. Calling their project “Crazy Fur Cats”, the girls came out to the Cat House to volunteer. They brought with them a huge donation of paper towels and other supplies they collected. In addition, these amazing girls collected cash donations totaling $200. The club also intends to attend meetings at the Fresno County Board of Supervisors regarding the lack of assistance for cats in Fresno County. It really lifts the heart and spirit to see young people become involved in these very important issues.
Petco Satellite Adoption Center is Open!
Our biggest news is the opening of our brand new, 1,500 square foot satellite adoption center at the Blackstone/Ashlan Ave. Petco. This adoption center is a dream that has come true. Tammy Barker has spent the last 15 months pouring out her blood, sweat and tears to bring this adoption center to fruition. We have been adopting our cats out through the Petco for the past nine years. Gone are the long drives back and forth from the Cat House to bring the adoptable cats, cages and paperwork to the Petco each weekend. Our first week open we adopted out 14 cats when we would normally only adopt out four or five cats.
Our grand opening was held on February 15. Fresno City Council Member Clint Olivier cut the ribbon and gave a speech on the state of animal welfare in the valley. Petco corporate head Lori Morton-Feazell was on hand for big day. Lori was our first initial contact with Petco regarding the adoption center. Tammy and Lori worked hand in hand on this project. We were thrilled to be joined by Angela Giorano of Petco’s marketing division, Petco manager Carl Giorgini, and Selma City Councilman, Scott Robertson.
The new adoption center hours will be Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6:30.The walls are adorned with donated artwork from local artist Cynthia Benno, Texas artist, April Murphy and Bakersfield artist, Cheri Sperl. Cheri painted the banner painting and several cat portraits including the portrait of our Divine Miss ‘M’. Prints of the Marmalady painting are available at www.fineartamerica.com, with the proceeds going to the Cat House on the Kings. Cynthia Benno’s fabulous oil pastels are also for sale with the proceeds going to benefit the Cat House. April Murphy has donated numerous prints of her colorful works to the Cat House. You can view more of her work at http://www.etsy.com/shop/AEMgallery. April recently auctioned off three spectacular prints of St. Frances of Assisi on our Facebook page for a total of $665 for the Cat House on the Kings. Cheri Sperl held a similar auction with a painting of Marmalady that drew a winning bid of $356. Kerry Bashir’s new book, The Little Marmalady can be purchased at the adoption center or ordered online. (more on the book in a special article next month)
Stop by the adoption center and check it out for yourself, we would love to see you! And as always, if you advertise your business in Kings River Life Magazine, you can denote 10% of the ad fee to go to the Cat House on the Kings.