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cat rescue

by Jackie Dale




The only the thing in July that was more unrelenting than the heat, was the flow of cats and kittens needing help. You have to learn to say “no” if you want to retain any semblance of your sanity. You also have to learn that you just can’t save them all. There just isn’t enough time, money, and room to do that. Well, technically, if more people stepped up we would have enough of all those things. But most of the time, it’s the same old song and dance.

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by Harvie Schreiber



July has been a month of rescues for The Cat House on the Kings with cats and kittens coming in from near and far, through water and fire, to be rescued and safe at our 12-acre sanctuary along the Kings River.

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by Harvie Schreiber




So far this year, we’ve rescued almost 750 cats and kittens, and we’ve still got half the year to go. Summer is when The Cat House on the Kings is overrun with rescued kittens, and staff are overwhelmed by phone calls asking us to take in more. It’s also the time of year when, because of graduations, vacations and other distractions, giving tends to fall off, leaving The Cat House with more need and fewer resources.

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by Jackie Dale



This is an incredibly frenzied time of the year for those of us involved in freelance rescue. That is because it is full-blown kitten season, and it’s really bad this year. I spend a good portion of my day answering emails, texts, and phone calls as well as responding to Facebook tags. The shelter is hovering at around 70 kittens and a handful of adults, mainly mothers of kittens.

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by Harvie Schreiber



It’s the time of the year when The Cat House on the Kings staff almost hate hearing the telephone ring. Some days are worse than others, but most days see as many as fifty people calling to ask if we can accept more cats and kittens. I took a moment to look through the intake notes for those kittens we have been able to take in, and they tell a sad story about the status of stray cats in the Central Valley.

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by Jackie Dale



Kitten season has arrived like a virtual tsunami. Pregnant cats and kittens are coming out of the woodwork at every turn. In one bathroom is my cat with her two kittens and an additional four. Two kittens came from a local shelter and two were rescued by my foster’s husband.

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Feral Paws: Patty-Cake

IN THE April 6 ISSUE

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by Paula Hunsaker


I received a call from a lady wanting to adopt a cat, and she explained it was to keep her sister’s seventeen-year-old cat company. She said that her sister had passed away and the cat is her only last link to her sister. While her sister was very ill, her cat was constantly at her side. But now her cat is grieving, and she felt that maybe another older cat will help with this sadness.??

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by Harvie Schreiber



Just after Valentine’s Day, an adorable, fluffy kitten was brought to The Cat House on the Kings with a badly broken leg. We’re not sure how that happened, but we expect she may have been struck by a car. The veterinarian was unable to save her leg, so she’s now had it amputated and has been spayed. Though she’s now a tripod kitten, this doesn’t slow her down one little bit and she is still just as adorable as ever. Isn’t it amazing how resilient cats and kittens can be?

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Feral Paws Rescue: Samson

IN THE March 23 ISSUE

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by Lupe Gore


This month I am going back in time seven years when my relationship with Feral Paws Rescue began, in February 2012. The first cat I got from the Rescue was a beautiful calico named Caleigh, and it went on from there. Each time Feral Paws Rescue would post on Facebook a black cat in need of saving from a kill-shelter, I inquired to see if they could pull him or her. In May 2012, one such post really got my attention.

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by Jackie Dale



My February started out with a gentleman from Fresno calling me about four newborn kittens. The mother had died after giving birth. I’m not sure how long he waited to ask for help, but by the time I got them, they were weak and cold.

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by Harvie Schreiber



For the last 28 years of her life, The Cat House on the Kings Founder/Director Lynea Lattanzio has been saving kittens by the thousands. This energetic, outspoken, and hardworking “animal rescue superhero” has spent countless nights hand-feeding and fighting for the most fragile and sick kittens, refusing to give up on them even when told by veterinarians that they wouldn’t pull through. Her tenacity and talents—not to mention her stubborn refusal to take “no” for an answer—has meant life for cat after cat, kitten after kitten.

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Feral Paws Rescue: Three Lives Saved

IN THE February 9 ISSUE

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by Lupe Gore


Pumpkin is a beautiful, large, seven-year old orange and white cat who Feral Paws Rescue saved from the CCSPCA (Fresno) over two years ago. She had been surrendered to the CCSPCA after the death of her human owner. She was at the main rescue site for a while and acclimated to life there, when a call came from a senior citizen who was looking for a cat to share her small apartment.

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by Jackie Dale



In the winter, the kitten season is generally over. Not completely, of course, because of California’s temperate climate, mating can continue all year long. Areas with much snow, for example, have an extremely low kitten rate in the winter.

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by Harvie Schreiber



On New Year’s Eve, we received a frantic call about a one-eyed calico kitten who needed help and a home. Because of the date she was rescued we named her “Eve.” After getting her fattened up and stabilized, on January 9 she was spayed and had surgery to remove her injured eye.

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