FCAC is an animal control shelter in a rural county in northwest Georgia. They don't get many people coming through to adopt. They have LOTS of people coming in with strays and even more owner surrenders. It's very sad. They are overrun with cats and kittens right now. There are a couple of rescues who have been pulling cats & kittens from FCAC. They have pulled so many over the last few weeks that they really couldn't take many this past week. That means LOTS of cats & kittens would likely be killed.
All animals "redlined" (meaning time is up) must be out of the shelter by 5pm Tuesdays. The shelter is closed on Wednesdays because that's the day the kill the redlined animals. Sorry, I am no longer using the words "put to sleep" when talking about animals killed at shelters.
To make a long story somewhat shorter, a photo came across my facebook feed from an awesome page called Urgents Cats of Floyd County Animal Control. This page was started and is maintained by a dedicated small group of volunteers who try their hardest to get photos and pleas out there for the cats & kittens at FCAC. The photo that came across was of a young kitten who looked EXACTLY like my PJ was he was a kitten.
|Kitten at FCAC|
|PJ as a baby|
Ok, so I'm already there and there's kittens everywhere. There were 3 adorable white kittens screaming and climbing all over each other trying to reach me through the bars. I held them and all they wanted was love.
There was an adorable bobtail tabby right next to them who tried squeezing through the cage bars to get me. Fortunately for me, none of these kittens was available yet for adoption. They had just come in. Some of them are available for adoption NOW as I write this. One of the white kittens got adopted and the bobtail got adopted. The other 2 white ones and plenty of others still needing saving--either through a rescue group or by direct adoption.
Anyway, back to my story. So I saw a little black paw coming out between the cage bars. I walked over the the cage and saw an adorable black kitten.
|Brody at FCAC|
Once home, I moved him into the guest bathroom for his quarantine. I want him to get well AND I don't want PJ to get sick. I did not realize that feline URI was a type of herpes virus (not transferable to humans or dogs, but highly contagious to other cats). Once a cat is infected, they are a carrier for life. An outbreak can be set off by stress or other illness. My vet gave me Viralys which is L-Lysine for cats and helps with feline URI.
Brody has been a resident of the guest bathroom for several days now.
Now, the DOGS know he's here. They are dying to get to him. I don't trust them though right now with a little kitten. Even when Brody comes out of quarantine, he'll be moving into a large cat condo cage I have for his own safety and PJ's sanity.
The next several months should be interesting! I really am done now :) Sigh, what can I say.