Sunday, June 9, 2013

Here We Grow Again!

It wasn't planned--honest! Yes, I've done it again--not another dog though. The newest junior Team Zero Gravity team member is Brody, a 10 week old kitten adopted from Floyd County Animal Control (FCAC) in Rome, GA. This is actually the same shelter that Daisy was pulled from by rescue.

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
My heart overruled my head. I called FCAC to see if he was still available. He was but they don't hold animals for anyone. I headed out the door for the 1:15 drive to Rome, GA. Wouldn't you know it, but a rescue group pulled him 30 mins before I got there.

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
I opened the cage door and he practically jumped into my arms. The girl at the shelter told me he was redlined and on the list to be killed Wednesday. I promptly replied I would take him. Once the paperwork was completed and I was on my way home, I started trying to come up with a name. Out of nowhere pops the name Brody. So Brody it is. I took him straight to my vet as it was obvious he had an upper respiratory infection (feline URI).

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.

His URI symptoms seem gone. PJ walks by that door several times a day and either is oblivious (which is possible since he is 18) or doesn't care (which is my hope). He absolutely doesn't like other adults cats. I honestly don't know how he'll feel about a kitten which is why I HAD held off on getting any cats/kittens. That is up until 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.


  1. > "I really am done now"

    Yeah. Famous last words.

    1. LOL--it really needs to be for the foreseeable future :)

  2. What a sad situation for those poor cats and kittens. It is likely that Brody would never have been adopted as people don't like black cats. He looks like a sweetheart, hope PJ is happy to adopt him and the dogs just think he is a younger version of PJ.
    You have such a good heart.
    Lynne x

    1. Thanks Lynne--it really it sad to know that so many cats/kittens AND dogs/puppies are killed each and every day. Lives lost that can never be given back.

      On a lighter nite, looks like I'll be adding a black kitty to my future mini me order of Auyumn and my folks 3 chis :)

      My folks come to visit in a few weeks. I'll get photos of her babies then so I can put my next order together for you :)

  3. It's that tough time of year! The statistics I've read about cats in shelters isn't good. I'm glad you've got Brody! He's a cute little devil! My mom ended up getting two kittens so they could wear each other out and give them some peace and quiet. lol

  4. Thanks Carrie. Yes, I've seen statistics that about 75% of cats/kittens who enter shelters are killed. It's so disheartening.

    Brody is a cutie pie. He zooms around playing then always comes back for some love.

    I thought about 2 kittens, but I think that's more than me, the dogs and PJ could handle right now ;) But I'm very happy that's what you mom did. I love hearing when people rescue.

    I am reading a very interesteing book right now called Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America by Nathan Winograd. He presents compelling information that the number of households looking for pet each year (something like 20 million) far exceeds the staggering number of pets being killed (4-5 million) and if we (meaning shelters and animal welfare advocates) could reach those people, we could be a no kill nation.

    The author Nathan Winograd wants to lay most of the blame on shelters and hardly any blame on the public. I do disagree with that. I think the blame is probably pretty evenly split. He says that shelters staff and management are in a rut of thinking that they have no choice to kill versus putting programs in place (low cost spaying/nuetering, foster networks and more adoption programs). I do think there's validity to that, BUT I also think the public is to blame but not taking responsibility for their pets and for spaying & neutering.

    I know FCAC doesn't have a foster program nor do they have any adoption programs other than if someone happens to come in to adopt. If it wasn't for the rescues & folks like the volunteers who run Urgent Cats of Floyd County Animal Control, pretty much 100% would be killed at FCAC. It's not that the staff doesn't care--they don't have the leadership there to make the necessary changes. People are afraid of change and you hear over and over again, "we've tried that or something like that and it didn't work."

    I do agree with Nathan Winograd that it's time for major overhauls of our shelters.

  5. The heart rules, doesn't it? Long live your heart!