Sometimes a cat comes in too physically broken to be fixed, no matter how sweet she is, and how much effort the vet pours into her. I know full well that Diane of Fairfax Vet did all she could for Ivy, but in the end, there was no fixing her. She had been losing weight and having digestive troubles, and after several vet visits and almost losing her twice, the reason was found to be that her body was riddled with tumors. All that was left for us was to say goodbye to one of the sweetest cats you’ll ever meet. She had the most adorable old lady meow that she greeted everyone with, in hopes that she would get some more petting. She loved attention! And those eyes! She had the biggest, roundest eyes that no one could say no to. In the few weeks she was here, she worked her way into the hearts of all the staff, and I’m sure many a volunteer. At least in her last weeks here, she was surrounded by love and pettings, with soft beds and blankets to lay on, and all the food she was able to eat. We will never forget Ivy. A soul this sweet leaves a permanent impression on one’s heart.
This has been a hard week at the shelter, with the loss of Ivy, and now with the loss of another dear, sweet feline friend; Sox. Sox was a sweet old soul that had become a staff favorite in her time at the shelter. She loved everyone around her, and made it her personal mission to let them know it. She would sit on the desk when you were working on paperwork, or on the back of the plush leather chair, or right alongside you. Anywhere near her people was fine by her. She had her favorite cubby in the bathroom cupboard. Initially, we tried to keep her out, but she had figured out how to undo the latch and get in anyway. So we just gave in, moved the toilet paper, and gave her a bed there instead. She was quick to leave her spot, though, if she saw the opportunity to go get some attention from someone. We will likely never know the cause, but one day last week her liver suddenly shut down on her. She was healthy one day, and weak and jaundiced the next. Diane at Fairfax Vet did everything she could to help reverse the organ failure, but it wasn’t to be. Her whole body just shut down on her, and we lost her after several days of Diane doing her best to send her back to us. Like Ivy, this cat is far too sweet to not leave a permanent impression on the hearts of all those she knew. We miss her greatly.
Putting the spotlight on some of our special needs animals at the shelter. These are some cats at the shelter that would require special homes and special attention.
Pearl is a beautiful cat that is almost completely blind and deaf. Once she gets to know her surroundings she does very well. Obviously she needs to be an indoor cat and would probably do best as an only pet. She is up in age so she is not as active as some other cats. She also needs a special set up for her litter box.
Miss Kitty is a very loving cat…in the right situation. She does not do well with dogs, kids and some other cats. She would do best as an only pet in an adult only household where the owners would be satisfied with affection when she seeks it.
If you think you have a home that would suit one of these cats or you have questions, please contact the shelter during our regular hours or message us on our website or Facebook.
Starting June 1, the weekday shelter hours will change. We will be open from 3pm to 7pm Monday through Friday. Saturday’s hours of 11am to 1pm will remain.
We would like to express our thanks for the generous donations to the shelter .
Donation made by members of Modern Woodman
It is thanks to giving people and groups like you that helps the shelter continue to provide the service we do.
A special thanks to Amy McCallum for the Kuranda Cat Tower and Dog beds that she donated to our shelter. As you can see our cats are already loving them.
Anyone else wishing to donate can do so by clicking following the link below.
And again, Thank y0u Amy for you generosity.
Due to technical difficulties the shelter was not able to complete our 2014 Christmas news letter. Unfortunately this is one of our regular fundraiser events. Any and all donations would be appreciated and can be sent to the shelter at the address shown on our website or dropped off in person during regular shelter hours. Thank you to everyone that donated money or supplies throughout the year. A big thanks also goes out to all the wonderful volunteers that have supported the shelter this past year.
Happy New Year and Thank You from the RAAS Board and Management
Our website has been updated with current pictures of all adoptable animals. You can view them by clicking on the “Adoptable Pets” tab near the top, then clicking on the category.
2014 is going out with a bang at the shelter. We have had quite a few of our fury friends find their forever homes this week.
Today was a special day as one of our long time residents (Pickle) and his friend Oreo were adopted by a person that has had a long time connection with a very special cat. David Frankham, who provided the voice of Sergeant Tibbs the cat in Walt Disney’s One Hundred and One Dalmatians. We wish David and friend the best with their new family members.
The Redwood Area Animal Shelter would like to thank local Boy Scout troop 70 for the generous donation of two hand built cat towers and spending some time visiting the animals.