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The most beautiful words I have ever read are "We will help you."
Sarah from Fort Collins Cat Rescue wrote those words to me about a year ago. FCCR agreed to take my cats who are desperately in need of rehoming. And as of November 28th, the last group of wonderful felines is safely ensconced at FCCR.
I am so thrilled for these cats! My darlings - my babies - are getting an awesome opportunity for a better life. I cry because I miss them, but I smile when I think about their future.
This has been an incredible team effort. Marla Browne at Best Friends Animal Society handled the transports, a group of friends have kept me stocked with cat food and other essentials, other people have volunteered to help with transports. It has been AMAZING.
But most amazing of all is when I asked Sarah if they would take fifty cats . . . and she said yes. And although I hoped to be able to pay all the expenses FCCR incurs, I have come nowhere near that. Sarah said "Send what you can" - and I have, but it has been a struggle to stay afloat. To be honest, without the help from multiple friends, we would have sunk several months ago. Those same friends have also donated to FCCR, and several strangers have as well. Did I mention it has all been AMAZING?
It's been a long rough ride but we finally reached the light at the end of the tunnel, and it was not a train.
MY CATS ARE SAFE!!!!!!
In May 2014, I had a house FULL of cats that I desperately needed help rehoming. Unfortunately, I live in an area where there seem to be a lot more cats than there are cat lovers. And most of my babies are not fluffy little kittens anymore. I needed big help.
So I sent an email to Best Friends Animal Society. The next day, I received a response from Marla - Marla is a Best Friends Network Specialist and possibly an angel. She immediately went to work.
First we got all the toms neutered. Because they are all indoor cats, that put a stop to the population growth.
Six cats went to the Best Friends Sanctuary in Utah. I am not proud of my situation, but I am honored that some of my babies get to live there! And now they have all been adopted!
Ten kittens and two cats went to Fort Collins Cat Rescue in Colorado. More were scheduled and then we discovered that we had a ringworm problem.
All progress stopped immediately. Clinic appointments had to be cancelled because the funds that were allocated for the spays and neuters had to be used to pay for ringworm treatment in Colorado instead. And the clinic said they couldn't do any more surgeries without an exam from my vet first, also because of the ringworm. And then Marla told me she couldn't help me with placement anymore - not at the Sanctuary or anywhere else. She was still there for consultation, which is priceless, but I needed to figure out the rest for myself.
So I kinda got the rug pulled out from underneath me. And although I was in a better position than I started out with, I still needed a lot of help. I spent some time feeling overwhelmed and hopeless but simultaneously determined and hopeful. I battled a lot of ringworm and fought a lot of fleas. I spent months with listings on Petfinder, RescueMe, CowCats, and courtesy listings on several Facebook pages. I never received a single response.
And that was when I contacted Sarah at Fort Collins directly and asked for help, and she said yes. And then Marla told me she could handle the transports, so that piece fell into place. It was wonderful!
And here we are, at the end of a very difficult journey. Again, any help you can give is greatly appreciated. Donations directly to FCCR are awesome. Donations to this fundraiser will either be forwarded to them or used for vet bills. If you have a preference, just tell me!
Thank you for reading. Thank you for caring. I love these cats so much. It has torn me apart to say goodbye but I am overjoyed that they will have a better life. A friend of mine said “I know you love them, and now you will send them out into the world so someone else can love them too.” True words - they are really awesome cats!!