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How Adopting a Furry Friend Turned into the Dream of a Kitty Café

I met Marsha four years ago when she fell in love with a cutie pie kitten named Greyson, one of our rescued strays. Happily for Greyson, but sadly for Marsha, I had to tell her that Greyson's family had been found, and he was headed home. It wasn't the news that Marsha was hoping to hear. Still, Marsha's adoption application showed she was a perfect adoption candidate--a wonderful home for any cat in need--so, of course, I hoped that...

Celebrating Six Years of Rewards and Challenges Leading Saving One Life

Six Years Leading a Cat Rescue is Not for the Faint of Heart Today is my sixth anniversary of leading Saving One Life Animal Rescue and Sanctuary.  It has been quite the experience.  Our volunteers often hear me say, “Rescue is hard.  Rescue is emotional.”  Those two sentences seem ever-present today as I write this.  Every year on my anniversary, I tend to write something.  I always want to acknowledge everyone who helped bring Saving One...

Why Our Family Provides Respite Foster Care for Rescue Cats

"Mama, pleeeeeeease, can we get a cat?" Our two girls issued this desperate plea hundreds of times over several years, and still, my husband and I wouldn't budge. Our frequent travels precluded us from keeping pets, yet we wanted our kids to know the joy of animal companionship. What to do? As a birthday present for our oldest, we signed up to volunteer with SOL at the PetSmart centers. During one of our shifts, the respite care section of...

Feral Cat Colony Caretakers – The Unsung Heroes of Rescue

Feral Cat Colony Caretakers – The Unsung Heroes of Rescue I have had the honor and delight to be the director of Saving One Life for just shy of six years. When I signed up for this crazy ride, I didn’t think it would have been this fulfilling, enjoyable and exhausting. But, it is all worth it knowing that animals live and find great homes because of the rescue and the efforts of our...

Shelters Not Testing Felines for FeLV/FIV Is Not in the Best Interest of the Animals

Animal Shelters are No Longer Testing for FeLV and FIV I recently received a call from one of the local shelters locally to discuss some of their policy changes. We were informed that the shelter would no longer be testing felines for FeLV / FIV. If you aren’t familiar with FeLV / FIV, Cornell University and several other universities have a tremendous amount of valuable information on the diseases. Although the representative (let’s call her Carol) was...

Fostering An Expectant Momma Kitty – Kita’s Story

Fostering a Pregnant Cat for the First Time A few weeks ago I decided it was time to try fostering a pregnant kitty, so I brought home Kita.  I have been fostering 4+ week old kittens for Saving One Life for the past year, so this was going to be an entirely new experience for me. Preparing the Nest The first thing we needed was a “nest” for Kita...

A Mother’s Journey – Part 5

All my little ones have their eyes open.game on! They are getting more stable on their feet and starting to get curious about the surroundings. Their ears are also all the way uncurled and open. Im starting to feel little sharp things as they nurse. They still spend many hours sleeping as they grow stronger and bigger each day. Im trying to take advantage of each passing day with them. Its hard for a momma to watch her babies...

A Mother’s Journey – Part 4

My babies are starting to wiggle and wobble on their little feet. They climb on and around me and their siblings. Two of them are starting to open their eyes and experience the world around them. They still love to huddle together to keep warm. Even though they are growing quickly, they still depend on me for their source of food and warmth. I love watching them grow and reach new milestones with each passing week. I heard that...

A Mother’s Journey – Part 3

I have the best babies, but doesn't every mom say that! These precious little ones are nursing like they should be with no complications. My foster mom says that I am such a good mom. I make sure all of them are eating, I clean them and there is nothing else in this world like them. They love to snuggle under my legs and around my neck. They are already starting to grow with each passing day. I have...

A Mother’s Journey – Part 2

A mothers love is unconditional and runs deep. A mom will do anything to make sure her babies have the best chance of survival. Within a few days of finding water, food and shelter, my foster mom welcomed the four precious babies I was carrying into this world. Oh, how beautiful they are!! Each one with their own special markings and colors. I will do my best to take care of them with the help of my foster mom....