Recently a local donor contacted us in hopes that we could be of assistance with a rescue project of her own. While we receive multiple requests for help each day, very few people are willing to do anymore beyond the initial call for help. As an all volunteer non-profit, we have limited manpower, space, funds and time and have to be very selective with our resources. People who are willing to help us help them result in a greater impact in reducing the pet overpopulation crisis. Below is an excerpt from the donor: “These adorable kittens were born at a hotel in Dallas. I encountered them while checking one of my feral feeding stations. One look at me and they ran like the wind straight into the gutter. The next day I took traps to the hotel and caught Olivia and Oliver while mama cat was away. Mama cat soon returned and took baby Owen away and into the gutter. It took two more weeks (I tried almost daily) to catch Owen. The pursuit of their beautiful mother continues. It is my belief that she is not feral and will also get the chance to find her forever home soon. Thanks to NBCR these precious kittens are on their way to a wonderful life. ”
In early August, 8 sweet little kittens came to us in a laundry hamper. They were left in a house by a tenant who had recently moved. When the landlord found them, she gathered them up and headed to the local kill shelter. Wanting to save them, she decided to stop by our adoption center to see if NBCR could, by chance, take them.
Seeing these kittens, unwanted, being pulled along in a red pop-up laundry hamper, knowing they faced being taken to a local kill shelter, we agreed to accept them under the condition the mother cat be found and fixed. Come to find out there were actually two mother cats and both have been spayed by our veterinarian.
After lining up our dedicated volunteers, by the end of that day, these precious little kittens were being loved and cared for by a volunteer of New Beginnings Cat Rescue. Since that time, 5 kittens have been adopted.
New Beginnings Cat Rescue sends a big thank you to all our financial supporters. Because of you, we are able to continue to rescue cats and kittens.
When Max was a tiny kitten, he was adopted from the local kill Animal Shelter by, what he hoped would be, his forever family. Sadly, they returned him back to the Shelter citing that "he bites and scratches".
Max was then labeled as a “biter” and as such, “not adoptable” unless released to a rescue organization. Unfortunately, this is a high kill shelter and owner surrenders, like Max, are the first to be euthanized.
Kitten play is instinctual; it helps them hone their hunting skills, is a positive way to release negative energy or aggression and strengthens the feline-human bond. At times kittens’ play can be erratic and sometimes rough, which is why they should be trained to play with age appropriate toys and not with human hands.
Thankfully, some employees at the animal shelter noticed that Max was calm and affectionate at the shelter which says a lot since it is very loud with barking dogs and the constant traffic of people and animals passing through. They asked New Beginnings Cat Rescue if we could take Max and we obliged happily. Our volunteer showed up to see Max rubbing up against his cage bars and purring – not at all the vicious kitten we expected.
Thank you for supporting our efforts in rescuing cats and kittens. We are happy to report Max is doing great. He is a very friendly, handsome boy. He is very affectionate and to date has not bitten or scratched anyone.
Some cats are rescued more than once in their life. So it is for one special cat named Contessa or Tess for short. In January of 2008, NBCR rescued Tess from the animal shelter when she was just a baby and was adopted her first weekend up at adoptions. In November, Tess was returned to us because her adopters thought she was unhappy in their home with the addition of a new puppy.
Due to the stress of being returned, Tess became even more depressed and stopped eating. She developed a condition called Fatty Liver Disease, which can be brought on by “stress induced lack of eating.” This can be, and sometimes is, a fatal disease even when treated.
A feeding tube was surgically placed into Tess' esophagus and her foster was given the task of syringe-feeding her through the tube every two hours. Within a week she showed great improvement. The foster is happy to report that Tess continues to do well and has begun eating on her own.
Tess currently has a pending adoption application. Her new Mom is anxious for her to be cleared by the vet so that she can bring her home.
Thank you for supporting New Beginnings Cat Rescue in their efforts to rescue cats.
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