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The Story of Lemon & Lime

The Story of Lemon & Lime

Here is just one of so many stories about stray cats who are found, trapped and, with luck, eventually adopted. This one is told by Steph, who has fostered so many pregnant mommas and helped them through difficult births.

Lemon went into labour last night. After a few hours is was evident something was very wrong as her labour had stalled and even seemed to regress. At 9:00 pm I started calling 24-hour vets in the area to see who was equipped or staffed to do a c-section: only one vet about 30 minutes away. I packed up Lemon and we started to drive. I had also left a message for Rivergrove vet Dr. Padma to see if there was any chance they were still in clinic and could perform the surgery.

Just as I was arriving at the other vet, Dr. Padma called to say she and Dr. Banger (the senior veterinarian who does excellent surgery) would come in and help us. Being more comfortable with a vet I know, I raced back to wait for them. At 10:30 they arrived and by 10:45 p.m. they began the surgery. What felt like the longest hour of my life finally ended just before midnight.

Like an expectant father back in the 70’s, I was called in to meet Lemon’s one and only very large baby girl – Lime. I had to help give her oxygen, suction out her airways and massage her to keep her warm. The vets continued to work on Lemon. Around 12:30 am Lime got to meet her very groggy mommy.

Heading home with Lime

I brought them both home just after 1:30 am and started Lime on a bottle. Hungry girl quickly sucked back 3.5cc and had a nice pee for me before I returned her to snuggle with momma. Around 4:30 am she took another 5cc and went back to momma.

Around 7:00 am, I was finally able to get a bit of milk from mom and Lime was able to latch on. She’s quietly purring and kneading and hopefully filling her belly. Lemon has a huge scar and I’m sure doesn’t feel great but she is purring away herself.

I am not sure if Lime will need more supplementing but I’m praying they have it figured out and they can relax and recover from this ordeal. I, on the other hand, have to wonder why I keep fostering. I am not sure I’ve had a smooth case yet, but I know I’ll take in another momma, another litter of orphans, some bottle babies, because that’s what we do. We rescue. If it was easy we would be the people who put these cats in these situations.

I wish everyone could truly understand how important it is to spay and neuter. How vital fosters & volunteers are. How thankless, yet amazing rescue is.

Thank you to all of you for being such great fosters, volunteers, cat sitters and supporters. You do so much for all the fur babies.

May 23rd Update: Lime is one week old and thriving. She gained over 100 grams and is nice and chunky. Lemon is an amazing momma.

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PetSmart Adoption Event

PetSmart Adoption Event

Many have been asking about kittens and we expect to have some kittens at all three PetSmart locations, however, they will arrive last-minute so please visit your location to see who is available.

While you are there, we also have many lovely older cats too! Kittens/cats over about the age of six months will already have been neutered, however, neutering is included in the cost for younger kittens. All are up to date with immunization but very young kittens will require boosters at a later date, at owner expense.

The $195.00 fee per cat/kitten is cash only.

Kitten Vaccination Schedule

The first round of vaccinations is done around 6-8 weeks of age, which will have been done before the kitten enters the adoption centre. Once a kitten is adopted, future vaccinations and deworming is at adopter’s expense, at the adopter’s veterinarian.Kitten spay/neuter is included in the adoption fee.

10-12 weeks old (4 weeks after last round): 2nd Round of Vaccinations (FVRCP) and another deworming.

14-16 weeks old (4 weeks after last round): 3rd round of vaccinations (FVRCP) 

12-16 weeks old:  Your kitten is due for his/her rabies vaccination

5-6 months old – Spay/Neuter: Kitten spay/neuter is included in the adoption fee. This will be done at one of our vet clinics. We will follow up when your vet date approaches to make arrangements. The kitten is brought to us in the morning and should be picked up at the end of the same day.

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Adoption Event

Adoption Event

PetSmart Charities is hosting another adoption event the weekend of May 17-18-19. Ninth Life Cat Rescue will have cats available at our three PetSmart locations.

We expect to have kittens and many lovely adult cats available at all locations. Please note that kittens under six months of age must be adopted in pairs unless there is another dog or cat in the new home.

The cost is $195.00 CASH each. Cats are up to date on immunization and microchipped. Older cats will be neutered and neutering is included in the cost for younger kittens. You must have a carrier to transport your new pet.

Burlington and Oakville locations also have bunnies for adoption. The Oakville location will again feature a bake sale.

Burlington PetSmart  
1200 Brant Street
Burlington, ON L7P5C6
Ph: (905) 331-5454
Map-Burlington

Etobicoke PetSmart
158 North Queen Street
Etobicoke, ON M9C1A8
Ph: (416) 620-4648
Map-Etobicoke

Oakville PetSmart
2501 Hyde Park Gate
Oakville, ON L6H6G6
(905) 829-9999
Map-Oakville

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300 CATS

300 CATS

In today’s rescue news, we were asked to help when 300 cats were recently found living in one apartment. Of course we couldn’t say no. Today, several volunteers were on hand at our vet to meet & greet 25 of these cats that were delivered to us from Toronto.

Not surprisingly, these cats were scared, but none were aggressive. In fact, they are all very sweet. Surprisingly, they do appear to be in good health, aside from being a bit malnourished and dehydrated.

They will spend the next few days at the vet where they will have full health checks, including vaccinations and spay or neuter. From there, they will be placed in foster homes before adoption.

Thank you to the volunteers who were on hand to assist and we send a huge thank you to Dr. Padma and her staff at Rivergrove Animal Hospital for taking in all 25 cats.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE
As you can imagine, there will be considerable costs associated with helping these cats. If you would like to donate to their care,
no amount is too small.
Donate Now

WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR FOSTERS
who can provide loving homes for these cats.
If you would like to foster, please complete a
foster application

Please welcome these 25 beautiful cats to Ninth Life Cat Rescue!

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Bunnies!

Bunnies!

Both the Oakville and Burlington PetSmart locations have rabbits for adoption. We have photos of some of them in this post but please visit the location to confirm those available, find out more about the bunny you are interested in adopting, and to complete an adoption application.

If you you are wondering if a rabbit is the best pet for you, here is an article from Spruce Pets to read.

Also, here are three brief articles from PetSmart:

So You Want a Rabbit

All About Rabbit Food Pellets

Setting Up Your Rabbit’s New Home


Burlington PetSmart  
1200 Brant Street
Burlington, ON L7P5C6
Ph: (905) 331-5454
Map-Burlington

Bunnies at Burlington PetSmart

Chi Chi
Thumper
Beaver
Pumpkin

Oakville PetSmart
2501 Hyde Park Gate
Oakville, ON L6H6G6
(905) 829-9999
Map-Oakville

Bunnies at Oakville PetSmart

Cooper & Bradley
Dexter
Kiwi
Strawberry
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