Sunday, August 25, 2013

A trip to the shelter a visit with a friend and a volunteer appreciation dinner


I finally got a sample of stool from Snow that could be tested. Up to this point it was so liquid that it seemed pointless to try, but I was able to get some and so I went in. One of the staff tested it and saw round worms and something that looked very much like a 'threadworm' I had never heard of this, and the information on the internet regarding cats is very limited. It is more often found in dogs and they get ivermectin for it.

I did a little more googling on it and found that it is something that is common in goats. This worries me because I just bought some raw goat's milk at the local farmer's market to try to help supplement the kittens as the powdered KMR I bought was summarily rejected by everyone and the diarrhea got worse on those that took some of it. I wrote to the farm and asked them about it. Is it possible that it came from the goat milk? I'm guessing anything is possible. I'm also guessing it is pretty unlikely.

While I was at the shelter I met someone..


Do you recognize our little Scotty??  He was SOOO not willing to have his photo taken.  When I picked him up to say hi he totally gave me Yoda ears which made me giggle.  He also is very stocky and is very much built like a brick.  He is up for adoption with the notation that he needs to be adopted with his sister.  She's a little on the shy side and really benefits from having him around.

After I found out about the diagnosis, the staff asked if I was going to the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport.  I wasn't planning on it since I wasn't aware of it, but we decided to go.


Apparently they got 109 confirmations and then told the Colony that 100 would be coming.  A couple of us decided to go last minute so there was a distinct lack of seating. That's OK because there was a distinct lack of people I recognized too. There were a handful there, but they all ended up sitting together and had filled up the table before we even arrived (being last minute additions)

I got a couple of gifts, a bracelet another volunteer made for everyone and a new volunteer t-shirt, and I got a too rare hamburger and a really REALLY interesting potato salad (it had all kinds of veg in it) that was yummy, and a really yummy chocolate chip cookie. Afterwards we took a drive around Ocean Ave and drove past Walker's Point and saw a large number of ocean side homes for sale.

I also made it a point to have a conversation with the awesome foster home that took home Ginger. They said she gave birth a week ago. They mentioned that she gave birth to seven kittens but two were still born. She has one calico two that look like her and two were darker. One of them was a poly.. I bet they are beautiful. I asked about pictures and she said she didn't have any yet and I explained that people were asking after her and she promised to send me some.  They also finally found a food she would eat - apparently she is very picky..   She is doing very well and is fiercely protective of her kits.

14 comments:

  1. That picture of the orange kitten reminds me of my sweet Carmine when he was a baby!! Soooo cute!

    It's really nice that they have a dinner for the volunteers. Without volunteers, shelters wouldn't run as well as they do. :)

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  2. That's great that you had news of Ginger - yes, I was wondering about her too.

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  3. It's so nice that they recognized volunteers like that! And wonderful that you had an update on Ginger. We'll look forward to photos of her when the other volunteer has a chance to send photos.

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  4. How wonderful that the shelter has a Volunteer Appreciation Night! :)
    Good update on Ginger. Hopefully her foster will send some pictures soon.

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  5. Lots to report. Love all the sweet photos. Hope Snow ends up being okay and that Scotty and sis find homes very soon. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  6. It's good to hear that Ginger is doing well. Can the threadworm be passed to the kittens? I'm assuming it probably will be, since they have diarrhea already. :-(

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  7. Oh so glad that they had a Volunteer Appreciation Night. YOU ALL deserve that and more. What you do is so amazing and I know it gives you lots of satisfaction (from the cats you help not so much the shelter -- oops did I just say that?) :) Glad to hear Ginger is doing well and look forward to the pictures. Hope the diarrhea can be resolved, for everyone!

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  8. that is great news about ginger,sounds like you had good time at the dinner too,xx Rachel

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  9. Great news about Ginger I hope to see pictures of her and her little ones!

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  10. Aw, Scotty is so cute! We hope he and his sister find their furever home soon. And that's good news about Ginger too.

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  11. Glad to hear that Ginger has had her babies and that she is doing well.

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  12. SCOTTY! HE is so handsome...and how wonderful he is his sisters protector!

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  14. Scotty is very sweet. We always wondered what our Moe was like as a small kitten, since he was already half grown when he came here.

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