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Have you saved an animal? September 02, 2005 8:43 AM

Ok there are those of us who have stories of how we saved an animal and made a difference in there lives. How did you save and animal and make a difference in there life? We would love to hear your inspirational story......




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Where do I begin? September 02, 2005 8:57 AM

As I stated in the introduction thread, I rescue stray cats.  I have 16 of them now.  The last 3 is just one quick story I'll tell you.

Hubby left for work and about 5 minutes later he calls me.  He tells me to grab a carrier and to come to this back road he was on.  Someone had put a momma cat and 2 kittens in a box and duct taped it shut.  Somehow the momma cat had gotten out and was sitting next to it when my husband was driving by.  One kitten escaped and it took us about 20 minutes to catch him, but we got him.  The poor thing was so scared.  A police officer stopped by and was amazed that we were trying to catch them.  This road is famous for people dumping both trash and animals.  The momma kitty has a Urniary tract infection, but we're getting her vet care.  We're not made of money, but each cat that comes here gets lots of love and vaccinations and spayed/neutered.  This is just one of my stories.

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I have saved many September 02, 2005 9:17 AM

animals lives but I will start by telling the stories of the animals I currently have.

Lucky calico cat, I have had for 12 years and she is 16 or 17 now the vet guessed her age to be about 4 when we found her going by her teeth. We found her at a park where I took the kids to play she was all scrawny and someone had put a can of cat food out for her that was covered in ants and she was still trying to eat it so we took her home and took her to the vet had her spayed and well she has had a happy home ever since.


Sasha, siamese mix, I was doing volunteer work for the animal league down here when my roommate came in and saw some kittens and said you should adopt one of these and I was not going to hesitate to take him up on the offer however, due to the fact that the animal league is a no kill I told him I would much rather go to the animal shelter and take a look around there. So we went and I walked in to a room where they had 2 big cages made out of chain link fence with at least and I am not exaggerating here 50 cats in each and that did not count the one's in the back that were waiting to see if they belonged to anyone. Well anyway I walked into the room and when sasha looked at me and I looked at her it was love at first site. I bet if someone was standing next to me who is sensitive to people's energy vibes could of felt the energy from just that one glance a mile away and my roommate tried everything he could to get me to look at other cats and well it just was not happening I had to have her or her have me everyuone knows how it goes. So I got her home and that is when I actually took a good look at her physical self and relized she is a unique looking animal a bit over weight or I should say a lot over weight but I love her all the same and I called the animal shelter the next day and asked if they new any health history about her and they said no but they did tell me that they were happy that I adopted her that day because she was due to be unthenized the next day.

Ebony my midnight wonder, he found me. He was coming around my house because my neighbor always kept dog food out well dog food does not have the proper vitamins that cats need for eyesight specially for pregnant mommas or kittens but at least he was getting a little something anyway it was around halloween and on hollows eve I decided to bring him in and give him shelter because we still have idiots (yes I said idiots because that is what they are) who believe black cats are evil and will catch them and torture them to death. I had no intentions of keeping him in we had to many cats as it was but he managed to climb right around my heart that night and well the rest is as they say history.

Skipper who is actually my roommates wild cat, I was again doing volunteer work at the animal league when a guy brought this baby in that did not even have it's eye's open yet and the league had to turn him down because all shlters and foster homes were full well I stepped in and said I will take him the kitten just had my roommates name written all over him and sure enough he fell head over heals in love with him so I spent the next couple weeks getting up every couple hours to feed and take a warm wash clothe to get him to go potty that was my most disliked part but had to be done and well the rest is as they say history....

Frances the turtle, well she was literally dropped at my feet by a bird and she was not even the size of a quarter so I knew if i put her back in the water she would be gator,bass, catfish bait and so I figured to keep her till she is big enough then I will find a place to release her or I will build a backyard habitate for her.

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SilverWolf



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Kathryn September 02, 2005 9:24 AM

for sharing your story and to you and your husband for having such big hearts feel free to share your other stories when you have time.... for joining....


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I save turtles September 02, 2005 9:32 AM

My last turtle was given to me after being rescued from a dogs mouth. The dog bit through the top shell and I could see flesh. He is a water turtle so I couldn't use plaster to patch it. After cleaning and removing dead tissue I applied antiseptic and antibiotic then patched his shell with J B Weld. He is doing great. I named him Patch, and he now takes fish from my hands.

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too many to count anymore. giggle. September 02, 2005 10:49 AM

my average of rescues is 11 a week from kill shelters to non-kill rescues, or to forever adopted homes.

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have lots of stories on this one, but today with louisiana rescues, don't have time, gigggle September 02, 2005 10:58 AM

when things slow down, will tell you some of my stories, have lots of them, but presently, we are extremely busy down south with rescue efforts and connections to save animals out of that state. but will get back to this later, giggle, giggle. some are cute, some are sad. hugs kindle  [ send green star]
 
 September 03, 2005 7:06 AM

I got Bossie Lisa at a dacchshund resscue kennel because I fell in love withher and she needed a home.  She was three and will turn 13 this month.

Miss Chopper came from a very bad rescue kennel that didn't take good care of the animals.  She was very sick with worms and dehydration when I first saw her.  Seeing the condition of the kennel, I took her anyway and nursed her back to health.

With the help of my vet and the Michigan Humane Society that rescue kennel was closed down and the rest of the animals went to different rescues that would care for them until they got forever homes.

Kathy

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Hanging head in shame September 03, 2005 7:11 AM

I forgot to post about Shorty, the Kitty.   He was a kitten when he was thrown out of his home to freeze during a snow storm. My daughter heard him meowing and went and got him to keep him from freezing. That was 2 yearsago and he's still here but the poor baby thinks he a dachshund.  My Bossie Lisa raise him LOL

Kathy

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 September 04, 2005 3:15 PM

When I was about 9 or 10 I saved 3 baby chimney sweeps from my Grandparents chimney. "Chimney Sweeps" are a kind of bird that makes it's nest in chimneys in Arkansas and maybe other places too. I don't know the actual name of the breed of the birds these are. If anyone here knows the actual name of the breed of wild bird I am talking about, please let me know. I would like to know what kind of birds they were.

There were 4 baby birds there were in the nest. It was in the summer and I heard a little squeak coming from the chimney. I saw one naked baby bird laying on the bottom of the fire place. It obviously had landed on one of the spikes from the Fireplace Grate. That baby bird did not live very long after I found it. The nest was very close to falling all the way into the fireplace.

So I carefully took it out. I had a treehouse in my Grandmother's front yard where I put the bird nest with the 3 surviving baby chimney sweeps. I dug up worms and found small bugs for them. I would have to break up the worms into small pieces so they wouldn't choke. I would have to kill the bugs so they wouldn't bite the babys before they could completly swallow them. I didn't know that they probably needed to be fed every two hours, but I did feed them several times a day until they wouldn't eat anymore.

I was lucky that no snakes or other animals went into my tree house and found the birds! I just did what my instincts told me to do. It didn't matter to me how much work it took for me to take care of those babys. I knew I was the only one that could help them.

If at that age I had known anything about bird rehabilitators, I could have contacted one of them to see if they could take the baby birds. I was only 9 or 10 so knew nothing about that.

That was my first experiance in rasing birds. I will post other animals that I have saved later.

Countess

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 September 04, 2005 3:39 PM

I have been saveing animals for at least 50yrs. M most recent is a calaco kitten that walked into my home the day before fathers day this year . This has happened 3 yrs in a row and now my wife tells me I cannot open the door on fathers day weekend . she is just kidding as she loves them more than I do  [ send green star]
 
anonymous  September 27, 2005 1:57 PM

Actually I enjoy working with all kinds of animals...if they tend to have an infection or needing any attention...I heed to it..

I had a kitten named Char...I gave that name because of her color charcoal...short name for Charlotte

She seemed the only one to have an eye infection...so I tended her each day with cleaning her eye distilled water & eye drops

It cleared up in 4 days...Char

she sure is a cutie...

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 September 27, 2005 5:26 PM

What wonderful and heartwarming stories, everyone...kudos!

I've saved several over the many years. I think I got the 'save 'em' genes from my parents. As a child, my parents were always bringing home strays and neglected dogs and cats. They really had a knack for talking people into letting them have their neglected animals. Some we kept, others we found homes for. I continue the legacy they left me. As a matter of fact, I am leaving on a 12 hour journey Thursday to pick up a dog who will turn 12 on Christmas day. She is HW+. She was left tied to a vet clinic door with a note...they were unable to care for her any longer.

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Great Topic September 28, 2005 12:24 PM

I too have tried to help any animal for years. Some more successful than others. I have two dogs that in the past 2 years have come to me; one was dumped late at night and another was hit by a vehicle on the road and left.  My latest story is perhaps the freshest on my heart because of what I could and couldn't do.  I just go back from Gonzales, LA where the HSUS & ASPCA are trying to rescue and care for thousands of animals left and abandoned because of Hurricane Katrina.  Let it suffice to say that I believe I have seen hell and come back from it.  While I would have brought back every single animal there the reality is of course that I could not.  I tried to give each and every animal I came in contact with a few moments of love while blinded by tears. I spoke to each and every one of them that I passed and tried to physically touch each one. I have brought each one home in my heart and I grieve for every one of them.  We brought back 3 dogs, one blind Golden Retriever who had been stuck on a roof for 3 weeks with a bowl of food he could not reach.  Two others came also and I am keeping them.  One is a JRT - Rat Terrier mix whom I named Gonzo, and a beagle mix with an underbite and very crooked bowed front legs whom I have named Little Man.  At least now they will never be left behind again. Of course I have to wait the appropriate length of time to "adopt" them but they will always be mine.  They will remind me every day to pray for all the animals out there that need our love and prayers and protection. Only such happiness could help me deal with the amount of saddness that I experienced there.  Only these puppies can dry my tears. I worked my butt off and it was worth every drop of sweat. Thats my story!  [ send green star]
 
saved November 11, 2005 11:47 AM

Me personally I haven't but my Mom and Step Dad did.  His original owner was in a abusive relationship so she had to let him go and he went back to the breeder and then he came to live with us  [ send green star]
 
 December 27, 2005 1:58 PM

This was my second year of Find Me A Home For Christmas for animals in the animal shelter.. A group of people I gathered together and I found homes for every cat, dog, goat, gerble, mouse,  kitten,pot bellied pig and three huge white rats leaving only the animals which were being kept for observation as rabies suspects.. We found homes for 87 kittens, 33 full grown cats. 42 puppies 35 full grown dogs one Billy Goat, two Monkeys, which the zoo accepted and one donkey that a petting zoo accepted..All in all it was about twice as big as last year and it was very successful..Caroline Davis will be heading  up the project next year beacuse I plan on moving to Florida during the next year.. I started it last year and got the ball rolling this year and stepped back and let Caroline have free control of the project except in finding homes for hard to place animals which I took care of..It was a very successful year and I am so happy Caroline is as devoted to the project as am..I plan on starting the same project after I move to Florida Next year..   [ send green star]
 
 December 28, 2005 8:26 PM

Three of my five cats I've had in life have come from shelters, so I figure that is saving a life.  My oldest, now, is over 20 years old and I KNOW I saved her life because she is such a major pain (okay, challenge..) that I know no one would have kept her.  My 16-year-old, well, I got her from a neighbor whose cat had kittens.  The mother he let out when he was evicted and she was beat up pretty bad until someone caught her and brought her to a shelter.  I shudder to think what would have happened had I not taken my now 16-year-old kitty from him....  [ send green star]
 
 January 02, 2006 1:37 PM

wow, I love this threddde reading about aniamls being recued and in my eyes when we rescue a animal we gain so very much, aetime of love, who could ask for anything more?

ok my 7 yr old poodlewas rescued from a kill shelter, she was just brought in and was only 7 weeks old   shes 7 years old now and tottally spoiled hehe. Then is my cat chico, when living with his first owner he cheweectric cord, badly burning his mouth and they did nothign A friend of mine took him in and started the vet bill (oh the first owner had also spent the money to dehim but not spay him? I dont understand that taking him to the vet for ency care) any way my friend was onyl fostering hi,ad too many animals, and was looking for a good home for him, so he came to me (he was 1 hes no  and hes 20 lbs, looks like a white panther) due to the eating the electricire and not going to the vets for so long, he has a low imune system now and swells up from time to toime, he has to  different antibiotics for 2 to 3 weeks and he  is ok, hes a mamas boy, follows me every wehre and I am so glad he found me . then there are 10 ferrets I have, 8 were rescued and 2 werent. one who has since passed  bridge, was left on a back porch, i , fed cherios and hot dogs when rembered he was bone thin and not handled at all, after he was with me for 3 months he went from 2 lbs to almost 5 lbs, his hair changed from  a horrible yelow color (from bad diet) to a beautiful  whitfluffy color. Sadly hes at the bridge now, we had him for 5 wonderful years  was thought by the vet to be 10 or 11 years old (the vet look at his teeth) few of my babies have come from different parts of the world, and people have helped transport them to me, always amazed at how much people will help, and thank God for them every day! Hugsss to all ,  great  group

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 January 02, 2006 1:37 PM

wow, I love this threddde reading about aniamls being recued and in my eyes when we rescue a animal we gain so very much, aetime of love, who could ask for anything more?

ok my 7 yr old poodlewas rescued from a kill shelter, she was just brought in and was only 7 weeks old   shes 7 years old now and tottally spoiled hehe. Then is my cat chico, when living with his first owner he cheweectric cord, badly burning his mouth and they did nothign A friend of mine took him in and started the vet bill (oh the first owner had also spent the money to dehim but not spay him? I dont understand that taking him to the vet for ency care) any way my friend was onyl fostering hi,ad too many animals, and was looking for a good home for him, so he came to me (he was 1 hes no  and hes 20 lbs, looks like a white panther) due to the eating the electricire and not going to the vets for so long, he has a low imune system now and swells up from time to toime, he has to  different antibiotics for 2 to 3 weeks and he  is ok, hes a mamas boy, follows me every wehre and I am so glad he found me . then there are 10 ferrets I have, 8 were rescued and 2 werent. one who has since passed  bridge, was left on a back porch, i , fed cherios and hot dogs when rembered he was bone thin and not handled at all, after he was with me for 3 months he went from 2 lbs to almost 5 lbs, his hair changed from  a horrible yelow color (from bad diet) to a beautiful  whitfluffy color. Sadly hes at the bridge now, we had him for 5 wonderful years  was thought by the vet to be 10 or 11 years old (the vet look at his teeth) few of my babies have come from different parts of the world, and people have helped transport them to me, always amazed at how much people will help, and thank God for them every day! Hugsss to all ,  great  group

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 January 05, 2006 6:05 AM

well if you count shelters as saving then i saved 2 at one time.  we were down in palm beach and the shelter was giving people pets for like half the regular price cause they were so overcrowded after the hurricanes so i walked in and i went straight to the back room (its like the last chance room).  thats where i got two of my cats, truffles and midnight. truffles was a "featured" pet cause she had been there so long and midnight kept sticking his paw out and grabbing me everytime i walked by his cage so of course i had to take him.  during the ride home truffles tried to escape from her little kennel but she was so fat that she could only hang halfway out and when we got home she stayed under my bed for two weeks cause she was afraid.  midnight on the other hand walked in and plopped down on the couch like he had been ther forever  [ send green star]
 
Saving animals June 12, 2006 9:01 PM

Hi, I have taken my love of animals and saving them to another level.. we have opened our own Land Hermit Crab rescue here in central florida. (Link is on my profile) We now have the oportunity to save Land Hermits all the time and give them a wonderful forever home with us!

We have save 22 to date and are working on another 10 as we speak/type. The story that sticks out in my mind was a family who contacted me.. had one Hermit Left, the other died. THey had purchsed them as a seemingly simple, easy cheap starter pet for their ver young child. Well within days one died, then another.. they kept replacing them, yet never tried to research their care.

One day the young boy took the crab out of the cage and decided to play a round of golf with it... well needless to say by the time I got it.. it needed a ton of TLC and round the clock attention. The crab is fine now... in with the rest of the colony and will live the rest of his long life with everything he needs.

I did contact the parents again and offered our services on the educational side if they ever try it again. We now offer educational services free of charge along with our rescue work... I feel it is important to help the crabs in all ways that we can.

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anonymous My Hilda June 27, 2006 7:33 AM

Back in 1995, an aquaintance of mine had to get rid of her 4 cats, due to her son's asthma.  One of my friends took one of her cats, and during the next year, that poor cat was pretty well trapped in one room, because she was so afraid of the other cat in the house, she would howl like a banshee every time it came near her.  I used to go and feed her animals while she was on vacation, or away on weekends, and I felt sorry for this poor girl (who was about 10 at the time).

Then after about a year of trying to get the two cats to co-habitate, they could no longer endure the howls, and decided that they had to give her up.  I jumped at the chance to take her, and she came to live with Hugh and I.

She spent the next 10 years, being Queen of the Castle, here, as we had no other pets, and she let it be known in the neighbourhood, that no other cats were to set foot on her property! (Boy did she let them know it)  She would put the chase on any of them.  She was a solitary soul, but loved her family. And treated us as her royal subjects!

Although this rescue is not dramatic, or anything, I am afraid that she would have been euthanized if they had taken her to the shelter, as she was not social.

This winter, at the age of 21, we had to have her euthanized because she developed an inoperable tumor in her stomach.  I still grieve her loss, very much, and even though it was back in February, as I write this, tears come to my eyes.

I have her picture over my computer, and I have a memory box with her things, and condolence emails sent by previous owners and friends. 

We have now expanded our family to include 3 animals (more animals than people)!

Our new cat Mango, is 1 year old, and we rescued him from the Humane Society, where he had been caught in a cat trap and brought in, our dog Brandy, was also rescued from the Humane Society, when my hubby's sister went astray, and kind of abandoned him (he used to be Hugh's mom's dog, and when she passed away, his sister took him in 2 years ago), he is 10 or 11.  And we just got a new kitten from a litter that my son and his wife's cat had.  Bandit is only 7 1/2 weeks old. 

So they are all learning how to get along in this small house, and things seem to be going well.

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 July 24, 2006 11:35 AM

I have nothing dramatic to mention, but I have rescued a few from the humane league. In my photo album are pictures of some cavies (guinea pigs), some that were rescue piggies:  Marshmellow & Shadow were rescued about 6 months ago, and my newest one, Jasmine, just weeks ago. Here she is, odd but pretty blue eyes and all:
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I have saved many October 08, 2010 2:05 PM

let's see I have fostered a litter of 4 kittens from the age of 3 days to 9 weeks old when they got adopted out. unfortunately one of the kittens (ginger) died at about 2 weeks because he was born mentally retarded and also deformed in his front legs and throat and he just stopped eating. It was very sad but his littermates kept me going. I also fostered one kitten that was about 1 week of age who also died because of seizures no one really knows why. I fostered 2 baby starling who eventually flew away and visit me every spring. I rescued a little puppy pitbull who was living in horrible conditions abandoned in a back yard and found her a wonderful home in wich she lives like the princess she is. I also rescued all of the animals I have now wich is I have what I think is a beagle boxer pit mix? and her name is lady and I got her from the local animal shelter. A female green Iguana wich I also got from the local animal shelter and a pit bull named petey who is now 12 yrs old that we rescued from his unworthy owners who did not take care of him. I have also volunteered at pwc animal shelter and with the wildlife league in wich I got to take care of baby squirrels rabbits and possoms.

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