Rescues turn to Refuge
Written by Randall Herzon (California, U.S.A.)
Published on: March 2nd, 2012
Rescuing animals may just be an innate behavior. Long ago, as a child, bringing home an injured or stray animals, was commonplace. This turned into a passion and career as Trainer, Behaviorist and Licensed Veterinary Technician working with domestic and exotic animals. Along the road one meets an individual whose passions mirror ones own.
The phone rings, I answer "Kritter Kountry." The sad voice on the other end of the line, "I just rescued a cat who was dumped from a moving vehicle. She's hurt can you help me." I quickly drive to their location, assess the cat, give supportive care and treatment. This poor cat who has suffered many injuries includiing what appeared to be a broken shoulder was also pregnant. What some people will do to a poor defenseless animal. Once the cat was stablilized, came the trip to the veterinarian and several thousand of dollars of surgery.
Jumping ahead a few weeks, the cat, now named Chance, recovering as well as she could gives birth to 3 kittens. 3 precocious furballs, 2 orange and 1 calico, now named Sigmund, OMG and Pudge. Chance has trouble walking. Her front feet slide out in front of her on slick surfaces what once she gets herself going, she does quite well. We generally say she can run but can't walk. These kitties have joined some of my previous resuces over the years consisting of an array of different species.
Well this was just the beginning. This once in a moment phone call led to a relationship and mutual on-going passion. Many resuces later of kitties and kritters suffering the same fate as Chance, have come our way. Over 30 animals consisting of 7 different species. Rescues have turned to Refuge.
We formed the Whisker Kisses Koalition, a 501 (c) 3 non profit, which provides rescue, rehabilitation and safe have to cats and exotic pets that have been abused, abandoned, injured or confiscated giviing a life home to those animals deemd "un-adoptable" and have no place to go.
Recently we personally purchased 20 acres of land for this purpose. Now we need the funding to build the refuge, so that so many other unfortunate animals can also get a second chance and a life home.
For information about the Whisker Kisses Koalition please visit www.whiskerkisses.orgWill You Help Rescue Others? You'll LOVE Our Work! Before: scheduled for euthanasia at the pound. After: His new family has a huge backyard!