Why did you decide to rescue?
I have always had a soft spot for animals, especially strays or the unwanted. They have always been extra grateful and loving.
Please tell us your story with rescuing.
As soon as we were married, we knew we wanted to adopt 2 cats. We adopted Bernice and Howard together from the humane society. A few years later, I found a little kitten wandering alone in the desert. So I took her home. We also had a dog who was the best in the world.
Our most recent rescues are Nellie, Timmy (RIP) and Boomer. All of them were found through Instagram. My husband and I follow a lot of different foster accounts.
Nellie was rescued from a large Feral colony in a trailer in Las Vegas, during a large TNR (trap, neuter, release) project. She was the only kitten and her foster mama (@myfosterkittens) fought to foster her, hoping she could find her a good home, rather than returning her to the trailer park. Ferals take extra time and patience and can be great pets. Nellie needed a patient home to help her continue to grow and learn the ways of being loved and cared for as a beloved pet. We had 3 other cats at the time, one of which was ill and we knew her time was limited. One of the others would need a buddy after the other passed. Nellie was perfect for the job! Howard immediately took to her, and vice versa. Since then, Bernice passed away and we are so happy that Howard has a new buddy.
As Nellie grew comfortable, she wanted to do kitten things and play, but Howard just wants to snuggle. That's where Timmy (Timfee) came in. He was also rescued in Vegas along with his blind, very feral mom and siblings- 2 of which had passed away. He was much younger than Nellie was at the time of rescue, so he didn't have any feral tendencies. He was pure love and charm. Nellie, Howard and Bernice took to him right away. We have another kitty, who isn't a huge fan of other cats, but she tolerated Timfee pretty well. Unfortunately, he got very ill and passed away at 5 1/2 months old, from FIP, about 1 month after Bernice passed away. Our hearts were completely broken. Our Instagram family really helped us through this painful time. Both Bernice and Timmy were pretty popular, especially during their health issues.
Fortunately, we believe that opening our hearts to another kitty in need after losing one, really helps the heart to heal. Not to replace the lost pet, but to honor them.
Lucky for us, Nellie's foster mama had an orphaned single kitten that she bottle fed, since he was so young. He seemed like the perfect fit, so we adopted our crazy Boomer! He had such a great following on his foster Mom's Instagram account, and many of them followed along as he came to our home. He even had a kitten shower! We had to throw away so many things after our little Timfee passed away (he also had panleukopenia- poor baby) so his fans sent new toys, beds and love to start his new life here. And we have announced kitten/kitty showers for other adopted kitties. Boomer has been such a blessing. He keeps us very busy and has such a big personality. We love sharing his antics on Instagram, he is very entertaining and loved.
What was your biggest fear with rescuing and how did this fear play out once all was said and done?
I have never had any fear in rescuing. I wish I could help those who are fearful to see that it is the best way.
Would you rescue again?
Definitely. For the rest of my life.
What would you say the most positive part of rescuing is?
It is so rewarding! So much love is available to anyone who is willing to open their hearts and home. Sometimes, a little extra work is needed, but worth it.
What would you like everyone to know about this topic?
Keep an open mind, an open heart and an open home. Adopt, don't shop.
You can follow Boomer's funny antics and see what he is up to on his Instagram page: @nellie.boomer.howard.baby