Monday, September 13, 2010

I'm baaaaack

Posted by Micah at 8:46 AM
I'm greatful for all the comments (public and private) offering support. The biggest emotional kick-in-the-pants I'm dealing with is still trying to find homes for my remaining two cats. In the last few months I've been to the hospital three times for "moderate to severe" asthma attacks. I've been booked for an appointment to learn how to manage my asthma (which is an adult occurance, probably triggered by the number pregnancy does to the body) but without removing the biggest cause of the irritation, there's not much I can do.

Calgary, the city I live in, is beyond capacity with regards to cats in the shelters. I'm also not sure any of them are No-Kill shelters. We're looking at things like the Cat Genie to try and reduce allergins. After two glorious weeks away where I only had to use my inhaler once, we returned to the house and within five minutes of being home I was wheezing. It's killing me that I'm the reason we have to find new homes for our furry babies... and it's getting to the point that I can't keep searching for a home without risking serious injury to myself (the doctor tells me that daily use of my inhaler is a Bad Thing). That means that I have to consider euthenizing the cats.

So, after all that sob story, I'm dedicating this journal entry to animal shelters everywhere. People like the folks who run the Last Chance Cat Ranch, that open their homes to the "less adoptable" cats. Or groups like the S.P.C.A. that even work with American soldiers overseas who have befriended strays to cope with what they deal with every day.

Please, if you are looking for a pet to adopt, consider visiting your local shelter first. You can visit the animal many times, some places even let you take them home on a "trial", to see if you and the animal get along. If you're not looking to adopt, please considering making a donation of time or money. And, barring all else, please just spread the word to your friends, families and social networking sites.

I'll be back to crafting very soon now that I'm home. Thank you all for your patience!


Crafty Creations said...

As a person who volunteers at my local animals shelter 4 days a week, I can understand your plight with your allergies. PLEASE keep searching for homes for your two cats. As difficult as it is, their lives shouldn't be the sacrifice.

Is there a family member that could help while you try to rehome? Can you keep them soley in one room of the house to ease down the allergies for a bit?

I hope you can find a solution that will benefit all involved and of course, regain your health!!

Thank you for encouraging people to go to shelters and rescues!

Patricia said...

Ruth, I can tell that you're heartbroken about not being able to keep your kitties. But I also understand that your health is the most important consideration, so you can be there for your children. I wish I could help you.

KER said...

i too have a cat allergy and 3 asthma is mostly triggered by mold tho thank goodness...can you do allergy injections?...and to plug a great no-kill shelter here in the states (i have volunteered @ one of their kitteries) where my brother met his wife...(he gets the injections since he's allergic)...Best Friends

KER said...

and i'm sorry for your troubles...i can't imagine how hard this is for you to find homes for your cats...all my animals are rescue animals...even the of safe and be well


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