Rescue is never easy. Every single day we get calls, messages, emails, tags. It’s overwhelming at times & rips our hearts out on a daily basis to have to turn down being able to help so many due to no open fosters, space, etc., but we try to find someone who can. We were contacted Thurs re: 2 cats in dire need. There was literally no time to try to figure any plans out for them as they were suffering & would have died through the night if left out there. The one, we named Colonel, in Marianna, Pa, was struggling to breath & would have laid there suffering/dying - alone. The one, we named Brutus, in Imperial, Pa would have met a similar fate (see next post for his story). In these situations there’s no time to do anything but get them & figure the rest out later. Trying to make arrangements for both cats at the same time was a lot to manage, but some awesome Volunteers stepped up to help out.
Colonel made it to Green Hill Veterinary Care, who agreed to see him immediately late in the evening, where X-rays & blood work were done; however, there was nothing to be done for him - tested FeLV+, suffering from pulmonary adenoma & going into heart failure with no immune system left & suffering terribly. His suffering ended while a loving volunteer held his gentle, tiny paw, petting & loving him, until he crossed the bridge knowing comfort, love, & warmth instead of dying alone outside. 💔🌈 This is what rescue is. This is what rescue does. We all came together in a time of dire need & did all we could. Think of the others out there that don’t find help - that’s what haunts us. For today we focus on Brutus, Noelle, BB, Hadley, Thea & all those we brought in that needed us at that dire moment. We’ll find a way.... If interested in helping us with these continuing medical expenses, you may donate using the Donate button on our FB page, PayPal (send to friends & family) to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail a check to Merlin's at 7 Fifth St, Carnegie, PA 15106.
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