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The Day We Rescued 19 Cats

The Day We Rescued 19 Cats

We Need Your Help

On Saturday May 27, 2017 the Ninth Life family grew by 18 cats, plus 4 tummies full of kittens. Last week some of you may have heard about a cat hoarding situation. In response, Ninth Life Cat Rescue, along with several other rescue groups, rallied the forces and stepped in so save these precious lives. It is estimated there were more than 70 cats living in a two bedroom apartment.

The amazing foster network and volunteers of Ninth Life came together to respond to this urgent situation in about 24 hours. We are so glad to have rescued 18 of the most gentle, desperate for love, and innocent souls. We want our supporters to be able to have a glimpse into a day of rescue. It can be so heartbreaking, and yet, so rewarding. This is why we created this short video to help you understand what a day like this is like. Emotional, teary, and moving. We don’t want to focus on where they came from as it not our place to make judgements, but we prefer to focus on the bright future we hope they will have in our care.

Of these cats, many are: polydactyl, have significant dental issues, severe stomatitis, upper respiratory infection, most are not spayed or neutered, 4 young females are currently pregnant, one has some major leg deformities, 1 has either a major eye infection or she is blind (she is also pregnant), dehydrated, 1 poor boy was very matted and needed a full shave, plus a whole host of other health issues. They were treated for fleas, ear mites and dewormed. We are so grateful to one of our partner vets and her team who stayed from the afternoon late into the evening to help with intake by getting them assessed, sorted, bathed and nail trimmed as needed, and give them much needed medications and vaccines to those who were healthy enough.

The vet costs associated with treating all of the above is yet to be determined, but their adoption fee will not come close to covering it all. I know we ask so often for financial support, but if you can donate financially, even a few dollars, every little bit helps.

The 19th was a little white kitten found outside and alone.

You can Donate on Canada Helps:
https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/25254

 

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A Tiny Kitten Called Gram

A Tiny Kitten Called Gram

A Tiny Kitten Called Gram

This is the story of Gram, aka Ivy, until his true gender was discovered.

Gram came to us as a sweet little six week kitten who was living outside. He has had continuous diarrhea and just never grew like his sibs did. Despite all the loving care from his foster mom, today he is about 6 months old and looks about the size of a 3 month old kitten.

We rushed him to the personal vet of one of our volunteers on Sunday because he was so constipated and discovered he has a constricted sphincter. – his sphincter is so narrow that solid poop can’t get thru. So our attempts to solidify his stools caused the poop to just back up in him…resulting in mega colon.  Read More →

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Cat of the Month: Mr. Higgins

Cat of the Month: Mr. Higgins

All I want is a room somewhere, received_10153288440701957
Far away from the cold night air.
With one enormous chair,
Aow, wouldn’t it be loverly?

Someone’s “hand” restin’ on my knee, 
Warm an’ tender as ‘e can be.
‘ho takes good care of me,
Aow, wouldn’t it be loverly?

If you remember My Fair Lady, you would recognize Eliza’s Doolittle’s wishful song. Today Eliza’s song is a plea for our Mr. Higgins who has had a very rough and sad life up until now. Perhaps you are the one who can provide that “good care” and “enormous chair” he so desperately wants and deserves.

Mr. Higgins has been through so much in his 6 years of life. He was abandoned by his family and left out in the cold, scared and lonely.Eventually he was brought to Hamilton Animal Services, his face covered in scabs from street cats beating him up. For 2 months, Mr. Higginswaited in a cage hoping for someone to take him home. And then, one of our volunteers saw him. Read More →

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