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In a few weeks, a local radio station will be doing a radiothon at our shelter for 2 days to raise money for our shelter (we are non-profit). I thought I'd share some of the stories I will be doing live on the air. hope you enjoy!

"Sheila"
Feeling a bit fatigued over the amount of abandoned and embedded collar
>>calls my partner and I have been responding to lately, we got yet another
call
>>of an abandoned dog tied up in a yard of an abandoned, boarded up house.
>> As we pulled up to the corner house, we saw Sheila, a german shephard
husky
>> mix, barely able to get up, and as we got out and approached her,
>>the smell of infection was in the air- not only was she abandoned, her
collar was
>>embedded as well,tied to the fence with a 3 ft nylon rope.
>> With a big sigh, I composed myself and quickly my partner and I noticed
>>that this was no typical abandon call. The garage that the dog was tied
up
>>near had been recently burned down and a few feet from the dog, a live
>>electrical wire swinging back and forth.
>> Sheila looked at us with such sorrow, and quickly we went to work on
>>freeing her from her danger being careful none of us came in contact
>>with the wire. While doing that, we noticed that who ever previously took
>>such careless care of her noticed her collar had gotten embedded and just
>>placed another collar over the embedded one. We safely got her into the
>>jeep and back to the shelter for immediate surgery where upon arrival,
>>Sheila was reluctant to walk, telling us that she had probably never in
>>her life experienced the indoors, and she was confused as to why the floor
>>and carpet felt so different on her paws.
>> After her surgery, I went to see her and in the first look, my fatigue
>>was gone. Sheila, still graugy from surgery, had quickly put her past
>>behind her and managed to stand up and walk to the front of her kennel,
>>tail wagging. I looked into her eyes and saw thankfulness and gratitude
>>for saving her life. The look she gave was enough to remind me why I do
>>and love this job, and the next day when my partner and I went to visit
>>her, she greeted us with a smile and leaned into us as if to give us a
hug.
>> This just goes to show that animals do have feelings and their
>>dependence on us is repayed with love and gratitude.

"Amanda, Chrissy, and Hewitt"
My partner and I responded to a call from the Cleveland police to assist
on a call where a deceased individual left behind many cats. Upon arrival,
the front door was open and no cats to be found on the property. As my
partner
and I stood on the front porch coming to the conclusion that all the cats
had escaped
through the open door, we both suddenly heard the cry of a kitten.
We knew it was coming from inside and with a slight glance to one
another,
imedialty began to search for the muffled cries. Under much debris and
under
a dresser, my flashlight shined upon, what I thought, was an older, sick
kitten.
As I reached in and pulled it out, I quickly discovered the older kitten was
in fact
two few day old kittens huddled together, orphaned.
Although leaving the kittens wasn't an option, I knew looking at them
during
the short ride to the shelter, that this was the first taste of human
contact in their
short life and quite possible their last, due to their ages and the need to
nurse for at least
6 more weeks or longer.
See, during the same time as the rescue, we were in kitten season, and
all
of our foster families were being utalized with other litters. In order for
the
kittens to have a chance, they needed to be with someone who was available
to
feed every 2-3 hours, and we did not have that.
Upon arrival, I stepped into the admitting area with the kittens,
reluctant to
release them from what started in the palm of my hand, ending up in the
crease in my arm,
sleeping, warm, and safe. There were many other cats in the room but only 1
stood
out. She was pacing back and forth and meowing loudly at the kittens, which
woke
them up and they too, began to began to cry. I inquired about the cat and
Crystal
explained that her kitten was just hours ago removed form her because the
kitten
was old enough. Within and instant, Crystal, my partner Rob, and I all
discovered
what the lactating mother was trying to tell us all along, "I HAVE THE TIME
TO
FEED THE ORPHANS"
After testing the kittens for FELUK and FIV, we introduced them and
imediatly
"Amanda" took the kittens and they began to feed.
An emotional relief swept over me as I thought those precious kittens
life
would be a short one and every day for the next few days I made it a
priority
to visit the 3 in the shelter when I came to the realization that they still
had
no foster home to go to. At that moment I knew my job with these kittens
was not yet done.
That day I welcomed this adoptive mother cat and the 2 orphans into my
home,
and with the help of my son and our dog, we watched over the 3 until they
qualified
for adoption. Although it was hard to return them, I knew then my role in
their lives
was done, and all 3, Amanda, Chrissy, and Hewitt were adopted into happy
homes within
a week of their return to the shelter!
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Very touching stories and well told. I think they're perfect. If those stories don't bring in some calls I'd be shocked.

Good Luck with the radiothon, I'd be interested in the final tally. Keep us posted.
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Ok I will, I'm hoping we bring in lots of $$$$$$$$!
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We brought in $50,000 as of today!
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