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November 2013

Why did I choose rescue ??? :Love the critters, but...

Well, today is one of those trial days when you question your sanity for deciding you wanted to rescue.  Our kitties had finally gotten over the Upper Respiratory Infection they had been passing around for months.  Seemed like forever when we were fighting it. We took in two little kitties one a  bottle baby.  We discovered that Bella had a URI and she passed it onto our Senior kitties who in turn shared it with the other cats.  So, we got the two babies adopted both Dixie and Bella after they got well and a bit older.  Now Maggie is sick and because she already has cancer her resistance to any illness is non existent.  So, the kitties are all sneezing, coughing and occasionally throwing up hairballs.  Oh, joy more laundry. 
Then, the big dog got sick.  He has a very sensitive stomach and as we have not had rain for a while and there is apparently a bit of thunder he decided that was enough for him to become very upset.  Yes, he is sometimes a bit neurotic.  So, he threw up then had an accident in the house.  More laundry with diarrhea from him everywhere.  Usually he is real good about letting us know when he wants out, but when upset he can't seem to help himself.   That was just the start of the day.  Then we wash the floor and change the puppy pad that Kissee Kat our blind kitty uses.  Then clean out ten cat litter boxes and wash all the food and water bowls.  Now, back to the several loads of laundry to be done.  In the meantime we are filling up clean water bowls and food bowls for everyone.  I love them all, but sometimes they sure do provide a full time job around here. 

Current Information on Surprise Surprise

Folks,  our donations are way down after the problems we had with the one "Disgruntled Donor."  We must be doing good to only have one and he got his money refunded.  We just went over our website and it is all explained well exactly who and what we do.  We have reread our Facebook about section and that information is also clear and concise.  We do not post our physical address as when we did we had a huge problem with people just dropping off animals without our knowledge. We are a rescue and sanctuary and while we have fosters in many locations we are very careful about the animals we add to our group here as they all must get along.  We cross post many other shelters and rescue organizations on our Facebook page so that with our large audience we can help smaller organizations with less exposure get the attention they need to get their animals forever homes.
We are adding more photos to our adopted section as we have time  to scan photos into digital form so they can be posted.  We are working with our Seniors and we are hoping to get them to allow us to post some of their photos.  As a group they are a bit uncomfortable having their photos online for public display.  Their pets photos not so much.  For the Seniors who agree we will begin a Section on our website which will show some of those we assist.  
We have a inquiry into the state for them to try to locate our previously filed paperwork. Then we will begin to unravel the mystery of where we are listed.   Originally our family supported our rescue efforts themselves, but we decided to get into the digital age by creating a website and all the attendant things including acquiring our non profit status.  It has been a daunting task which we thought was completed, but guess there is still a bit more to do.  We are pretty proud of our websites.  We enjoy making the greeting cards and are looking for other products we can create to add to our shop in the future. 

More on Surprise Surprise

Folks, just a quick and very heartfelt thank you for all the support we have received since that TV attack.  We have worked very hard to develop our websites, card business, and even our Facebook pages.  We have also paid out a lot of money, (as far as we are concerned), to get all of our paperwork in order.  We will pursue this with the folks we had take care of it initially and post updates as we unravel the mystery of where the filed paperwork has gone to.  We put a lot of our own money and almost all of our time into our rescue work.  We cross post on our Facebook page as we have a large audience and can get the word out to many folks about animals in immediate danger. On our website we post information and some photos of the many animals we have helped and worked with over the years,  Please be aware that the actual photos often need to be scanned from the original photo to be published so we are way behind in getting that done.  We also have some correspondence from folks to scan and post which we are also behind on getting done.  We are working on that though and updating as often as we can.  Our website is a work in progress.  We do this for the love of the critters and definitely not for the money as there is always very little of that.  It is a great deal of work to keep up with all of this and add in this attack and we now have even more to have to deal with.  Will post a follow up soon.

Surprise Surprise

It is amazing how one disgruntled person, who asked for a return of his donation over two months after donating and who was immediately given his refund despite our not being legally obligated to do so can do so much harm.  We are trying to figure out what the state has done with our paperwork as we have paid out a great deal of money to get our 501(c) 3 status completed.  While this is not necessary to be a non profit it does give our donors the ability to write off their donations on their taxes.  We actually do not make enough to require this for any other reason.  This same person was able to accomplish what we could not do despite many months of pleading with various entities to do. We had a different story we wanted them to address. They managed  to secure a TV station to attack us prior to contacting us and asking for our verification of the facts and our side of the story.  Upon arriving home tonight I was met with a TV reporter and a cameraman who had a very bright light he shone in my eyes.  The began asking questions rapidly and asking for paperwork and documentation of  things I  was not even aware of.  We had returned Disgruntled Donors money several weeks ago and thought that would be the end of things.  They also asked some questions based on partial truths told them by our local shelter which again was far from the entire truth.  The photo on our page the person referred to was on our Facebook page and was a cross post as many rescues and shelters do for each other.  We always include the information of the original poster so that they can receive the help they are looking for.  We post our rescued animals and adopted animals on our website.  The sick/injured cat that we were accused of denying care to was a very wild feral kitty who we were giving what care he would allow.  He was receiving antibiotics in wet food and that took some doing to get him to accept that.  We had tried to trap him several times, but he was very wild and old enough to not trust people at all.  We were trying to get him tame enough to eventually get him to the veterinary for care.  After the local shelter demanding we trap/ catch him immediately he was sacred enough to not eat the food with the antibiotics and to pretty much disappear into the nearby fields where he had come from.  This is the kitty I was fined for denying care to.  There is more to the story, but that is a summation of the facts that the animal shelter person was referring to.
As I told the reporter if they wanted to sit down with me off camera first I would present all of the answers to his rapid fire questions.  In a meeting scheduled at a reasonable time so I could be prepared to present documentation for whatever he was asking.  I said this on camera, but it did not get into their story.  For the record I am Asperger's / Autistic and could never do a surprise interview no matter what the topic and to have someone walk up to me at my truck and stick a microphone in my face along with a camera was beyond terrifying.  Then add in rapid fire questions without any knowledge of what they would be so I could answer them was impossible to deal with. 
 So, folks, that is the rest of the story.  Will post more when we figure out what the state did with their paperwork with regard to our application and such.