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Ivy and Her Kittens Update

>> Wednesday, August 3, 2011

It's been several weeks since I first came to you with sweet Ivy's dilemma. I can't thank you enough for all your wonderful comments and suggestions. Ivy's four beautiful kittens are growing and growing. They are funny and strong and well-loved. Best of all, as soon as they're all weaned they have homes to go to...wonderful homes. My daughter-in-law is going to take Ivy and one of her kittens. I call that kitten Little Dot because she was born with a polka dot on her head. My daughter-in-law said, "I don't care if Ivy has three legs or four...I need her as much as she needs me." Funny how animals bring such comfort to people and how certain people are just made for special animls. Some matches are made in heaven for sure.

Ivy's kittens are magnificent. One kitten WAS as white as snow, but now traces of orange are appearing on his ears too. That kitten was the only male. For some reason, my grandson named him Boots. Then there's the little calico. She was the first born and we named her Gracie. Somehow she just seemed full of grace and the name seemed to fit. The fourth kitten is a pinkish color of orange. My granddauther named her Rosie. The little balls of fluffy kittens are four weeks old now. They roll and tumble and play constanty. It's hard to get any work done in my office because I can't keep my eyes off Ivy and her kittens.

As for Ivy, the question of the amputation is not so certain in my mind now. Her femur has apparently healed (wrong, but healed) and she walks and jumps with a huge limp. Ivy has an appointment at the vet again on Tuesday. Dr. French will let me know what she thinks needs to be done. If you have sent a check to Beechwold Vet Hospital, I will make sure it is returned to you or apply it towards whatever needs to be done. You let me know. We have found a vet in Athens, Ohio who is willing to do any surgery for much less after consulting with Dr. French. Beechwold is a business and Dr. French is not permitted to "give discounts" to rescues in spite of the fact that she would like to do just that.

After this rescue is over and done I've decided to look into starting a non-for-profit organization to raise money for other rescues or for people who have pets that need medical attention and can't afford to get it done. I'm on a mission. From what I understand, it will take about a year to get things up and running but my heart and passion are a driving force. Somehow, I'm going to incorporate my writing into the organization...even if it's only to write press releases. If you have any suggestions for me, please let me know.

When I think about the number of rescues I've had over the years it blows my mind. I know many of you rescue too. People who love animals are special people. I'm truly grateful to know so many of you.

I'll keep you posted on Ivy and her kittens. Sammy, Annabelle, and Maddie are adjusting to having my office turned into a "cat room" although I'm sure they'll be happier when they can lay on the floor by my feet again. What's a little inconvenience when five precious lives are going to enrich so many people?! Don't ask Sammy...ask me!


SquirrelQueen August 4, 2011 at 5:42 PM  

Ivy and her kittens are absolutely adorable. From reading your descriptions of each I can tell you really care about them. I'm glad you have found home for the kittens. I know you will also have all of them spayed/neutered to make sure this doesn't happen again.

I wish you the best of luck with your non-profit venture Jan, I know you will succeed. Be sure to look into grants for your endeavor.

I am working with a local organization that works to control our feral cat population through a trap/neuter/return program. The organization also offers a low cost spay/neuter program for low income households.

Tweedles -- that's me August 4, 2011 at 9:50 PM  

those little babies are so purrrrrfect and adorable.
soon they will be in their new home and getting lots of love.. and momma Ivy too

Gail Wilson August 4, 2011 at 11:24 PM  

You are doing a wonderful thing Jan. All the kittens sounds so happy and healthy. I pray that your endevor of forming your organization is a great success. I will continue to stop by and follow this great new road in your life.
Hugs, Gail

Two French Bulldogs August 4, 2011 at 11:33 PM  

Adorable, hope they find their forever homes
Benny & Lily

Unknown August 5, 2011 at 6:57 AM  

Sounds like a wonderful plan to me!

Unknown August 5, 2011 at 9:23 AM  

What a beautiful family of cat and kittens. It's so great that you are helping them find loving homes.

Good thoughts for you and the success of your program!

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Sandy August 16, 2011 at 1:07 PM  

Cute pictures, glad to see things are moving ahead nicely for kitties.

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