Thanks to FACE Low-Cost, Spay/Neuter Clinic, for the info.
This is Edward.
He is currently home from Afghanistan and he came in today to get help for a stray cat he is feeding at his house. We signed him up as a caretaker in our program and provided him with a trap, shelter and tips to care for the cat. Cat men are already totally cool in our book, but his back story gets better.
Check this out! While in Afghanistan he befriended a stray cat he named “Mousetrap” due to her extraordinary mousing skills. When it was time to come home, Edward refused to leave her behind and sought a way to bring her home to the states with him. He got connected to a rescue group called nowzad which helps soldiers on the front lines of Afghanistan rescue the companion animals they had adopted during their tour of duty. The trick was, Edward had to get her to Kabul from the front lines. Edward was able to secure a taxi and Mousetrap traveled over 100 miles to Kabul. Nowzad then safely transported her to the U.S.
(Edward thought it was pretty amusing that Mousetrap made it back to the states before he did.)
Once he was back in the states, cat and catman were reunited and they live together now, safe and sound, right here in Indianapolis.
Mousetrap in Afghanistan:
Mousetrap at home:
Lend Me a Kitten~
I will lend to you for awhile a kitten, God said.
For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he’s dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe two or three.
…But will you, ’till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden you and, should his stay be brief
You’ll always have his memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught below I want this kitten to learn.
I’ve looked the whole world over in search of teachers true.
And from the folk that crowds life’s land I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take my kitten home again?
I fancied that I heard them say ‘Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done’
For all the joys this kitten brings the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may.
And for the happiness we’ve known, forever grateful stay.
But should you call him back much sooner than we planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
If, by our love we’ve managed your wishes to achieve,
Then in memory of him whom we loved, please help us while we grieve.
When our cherished kitten departs this world of strife,
Please send yet another needing soul for us to love all his life.
Rest in Peace, Jude Dude. I love you… forever.
Calico Jack in the post-op area of the previous HCMT clinic. He’s a genetic rarity, and has two x chromosomes that give him his coloring. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen it!
To: Feral Cat Pixel
Nothing keeps you away, little one! You really are Pixel-the-Brave. I didn’t doubt your return home, but with two feet of snow on the ground and more on the way, I did worry for you.
Re: Intocable’s “Por Ella” track
Why did you lose it? And where’s the reimbursement? That’s what I thought. Better be careful – you’re acting very un-apple like. Wouldn’t want you getting confused with the other guys.
At the clinic this past weekend we received a very young cat, maybe a year old, with a severely broken leg. The injury had happened a while ago, and kitty was making his way around on his three remaining good legs. He was healthy otherwise and had no contradictions for surgery; the best thing for him was to lose the useless leg.
He flew through the surgery like a champ. The bone was healed at the ends, though not together as the broken half was nearly 90 degrees from where it should have been. Everything inside looked healthy, and the surgery took about the same amount of time as a routine spay, done at feral clinic speed. The best part of all of it? No one knew if the caretaker could pay for it, and while admin were contacting her, an impromptu collection was drawn up from the volunteers working that day. $150 was collected and presented to one of the doctors working that day (who also happens to be the medical director). Before the presentation was finished she said that she would donate the x-ray (to check for broken pelvis), and the doctor actually performing the surgery chimed in and said she’d donate the surgery. We now have a fund established for the next time this kind of thing happens.
This little guy has a lot of people pulling for him.
Here’s kitty, post surgery.
Just the head pookin’ out. Swaddled to keep her warm on her way to the recovery room.