Round up did not go as easily as planned. Originally I had made 12 appointments at the S/nipped clinic, clear down in Coos Bay. Then more people called, desparate for help, and more. I asked to up my reservations to 15, then to 17. I ended up with 19 in my car and with twenty on a wait list.
I had been referred to one house in Lebanon by KATA. I thought they had three unfixed females. I believe they had contacted KATA wanting to give them up, but KATA asked if they would keep them if they were fixed and that was an affirmative. However, when I arrived to pick up the pregnant female, the only one of the three I could get done this trip, due to space limitations, the woman was not home, only her brother, who isn't so good with cats. And the house had lots of unfixed cats, not merely three. I had to help them find and contain the pregnant torti, Kiki. Then I grabbed a male to take too, for good measure, to get a start on this. I grabbed Scottie, a young long hair buff orange tux. He scratched me on the way into the carrier, which I only noticed later. I was late by then, behind on the cat round up. And the weather was freezing.
I went clear to S/nipped because it is tough to find low cost high volume spay neuter in the area where I live. In fact, it doesn't exist here outside of Heartland Humane's surgery clinic. I get a few in there, but not very many. For ferals, the Portland FCCO clinic is easy to use and they are good to me. But for the tame ones, whose owners don't want the mandatory right ear tip given at the FCCO clinics, a universal sign a cat has been fixed, there are few local options. But I can't make the S/nipped trip again. I'm getting old and it is a marathon, grueling, painful, hard on me. It is also hard on my car, that now has over 216,000 "cat miles" on it, almost all garnered from transporting other people's cats for spay surgery or to homes. I've kind of done myself in, on the car thing, by helping others so much, putting so many miles on it. What am I going to do when it dies, I wonder. How will I even get groceries, cat litter? Anyhow, the car ran jagged and rough on the way home. Almost like it did before a coil pack failed once before. I don't know if I got some bad gas down in Coos Bay or if the cold affected engine performance or just what. But I started getting worried I might not make it home. Then what, I thought, with so many cats in the car and the weather freezing and half the road home a cell phone dead zone. I can't make that kind of trip with its risks again. It's sad, because there are few options up in the valley for low cost spay neuter. This should not be at all.
This round up was another extreme reminder of the extreme need for low cost high volume spay neuter and the funds to get the cats fixed regardless of whether or not an owner or caretaker can donate a dime. Want to control this tragic overpopulation problem? Then we have to fund spay neuter efforts. Simple as that.
|Kiki, pregnant at spay, the torti, from Lebanon.|
|Kiki again, recovering from anesthesia.|
|Scottie, a little male, sleeping off anesthesia.|
|Evolving Lebanon male Raptor!|
|Pride, I think, might be mixing up their names, but she was fixed yesterday.|
|And I think this one of the pair is Monday, a black female, fixed yesterday. She is sleek and gorgoues.|
|To round out the six fixed from Lebanon yesterday is Fifi, a sweet brown tabby female kitten.|
|Sunny, the white and black manx stray.|
|Sunny again, coming out of anesthesia.|
|Black Corvallis male Houdini, fixed yesterday.|
|Tabby tux female Morticia, fixed yesterday.|
|Black male Mr. Bell, fixed yesterday, from Corvallis.|
|Mac, fixed yesterday, now resides in Philomath.|
|Cheese, Mac's brother, is lucky to have found such a good home!|
Three were fixed from that house, instead of the two I thought I was going to pick up. Two boys, Sugar and Garfield, and Tabby, a little tabby tux teen girl. The female still needs fixed, plus another male at her grandson's place.
|Garfield under anesthesia.|
|Sugar, a darling little Siamese mix boy, fixed yesterday.|
|Tabby, a sweet natured female kitten, fixed yesterday.|
I seperated them once home. Samson, the chocolate point, was a very vocal sometimes hissy spitty boy, down and back, but then you know how Siamese can be.
|Tori, the sister, fixed yesterday.|
|Samson, the vocal boy, who fights with his own brother (probably over breeding rights to his own mom and sister)! Glad that's all stopped!|
|Galaxy, the super petite mom to Samson, Tori and Chubby, now spayed. She can get on with her life!|
|Chubby, the other fighting brother. I told him "Now your real life begins! You're going to read books and solve world problems." (probably not, but.....)|