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“STRAWBERRY” WILL BE ARRIVING AT THE MONTECITO PET SHOP ON THE MESA ON FRIDAY MORNING AT 10a.m.!You don’t want to miss t...
05/02/2024

“STRAWBERRY” WILL BE ARRIVING AT THE MONTECITO PET SHOP ON THE MESA ON FRIDAY MORNING AT 10a.m.!

You don’t want to miss this little doll. Strawberry was found along with her siblings at an apartment building…lucky to be rescued and fostered by one of our foster moms until it was time to come to RESQCATS.
She is super friendly and would be a great addition to your family…playful, out-going and precious best describe this gray and white girl. Be sure and spoil her with toys…feathers on a stick are her favorite! Just check out the photo!!!
Strawberry has had a vet exam and is tested for Felv/FIV. She has received her first FVRCP vaccination and is also wormed, spayed and microchipped.
You can meet and adopt her through RESQCATS at The Montecito Pet Shop on the Mesa at 2020 Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara, The number for the shop is (805)965-6780.
Adoptions are from 10-5 Monday through Saturday and 10-3 on Sunday.
If at all possible, please make your donation by check or cash so we can avoid all those credit card fees!

ARRIVING AT THE MONTECITO PET SHOP ON THE MESA AT 10 a.m. ON FRIDAY!Kitten season has arrived at RESQCATS and what a gre...
05/02/2024

ARRIVING AT THE MONTECITO PET SHOP ON THE MESA AT 10 a.m. ON FRIDAY!

Kitten season has arrived at RESQCATS and what a great way to start out with these “Oreo” cookies. Meet “Ember” and her sister, “Eclipse!”
The girls were found at an apartment building and no mother in sight. That’s not an unusual story in rescue, but these two got lucky and will not have to live a tough life on the streets.
They are so much fun together and we are looking for a home where they can stay together. And so you know, having two kittens really is better than one…they have each other when you are gone. And there isn’t anything more fun than watching a pair of kittens!
Ember and Eclipse have had vet exams, their first FVRCP vaccines and are wormed, tested for Felv/FIV, spayed and microchipped. Ready to go!
You can meet and adopt them through RESQCATS at The Montecito Pet Shop on the Mesa at 2020 Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara, The number for the shop is (805)965-6780.
Adoptions are from 10-5 Monday through Saturday and 10-3 on Sunday.
If at all possible, please make your donation by check or cash so we can avoid all those credit card fees!

These two little "Oreo's" are coming soon! Very soon!And yes, "Eclipse" and her sister, "Ember" are a bonded pair...not ...
05/01/2024

These two little "Oreo's" are coming soon! Very soon!
And yes, "Eclipse" and her sister, "Ember" are a bonded pair...not to be separated!

SUNSHINE AND MOONLIGHT!Will be ready soon!And NOPE! Not going to separate these two so if you are open to two...please f...
04/25/2024

SUNSHINE AND MOONLIGHT!
Will be ready soon!
And NOPE! Not going to separate these two so if you are open to two...please feel free to reach out!

04/18/2024

WEEKEND VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED!
WOW! We have some new wonderful volunteers who have committed to the weekdays. But we are still looking for Saturday and Sunday volunteers! (Usually it's the other way around...not enough during the week and too many on weekends!)
Please reach out here or in a personal message if you are interested!

04/10/2024

KITTEN SEASON IS UPON US!!!!
OH MY! SO BUSY ALREADY AND TIME TO DO SOME FUNDRAISING...STAY TUNED!
SOON...VERY SOON! AND YOU'RE GONNA LOVE WHAT I HAVE DONE AND WILL BE PUTTING UP FOR BIDS!

Here we go again! RESQCATS has teamed up with Santa Barbara Humane to sponsor spays and neuters in the community! RESQCA...
03/30/2024

Here we go again! RESQCATS has teamed up with Santa Barbara Humane to sponsor spays and neuters in the community! RESQCATS provided spays and neuters for over 500 cats and kittens in 2023...and we hope to do that again this year!

RESQCATS KICKS OFF OUR 27TH SEASON WITH “KIP!”We are very close to 4000 total adoptions and you can help us get there by...
03/19/2024

RESQCATS KICKS OFF OUR 27TH SEASON WITH “KIP!”

We are very close to 4000 total adoptions and you can help us get there by adopting “Kip!” You just gotta’ meet him!
This handsome, blue-eyed lynx point Siamese is ready for a home.. He was a stray neighborhood cat in Orcutt that captured an elderly man’s heart (and he will capture yours, too!) so he started feeding him. Soon, Kip was wandering inside his house making himself at home. Sadly, the man passed away but he left his home to his daughter and son-in-law who live in Santa Barbara. See what I’m getting at? Meals became fewer and farther in between as the couple was not always around to feed Kip and offer him a safe place to rest. So they reached out to RESQCATS.
Kip is about four years old and in excellent health. RESQCATS went that extra mile and had a FULL blood panel done so that we could make sure he is purr-fectly healthy! And he is!
He is a loving boyin addition to his looks so we know he had an owner at some time! Kip will bury his head in your hand as you give him cheek rubs and massage his head. And get ready for this! He will roll over with that big belly up to make sure you get every inch of his body!
Yes, kitten season is on the horizon, but wouldn’t it be nice to start off with finding Kip a home. I promise you will not be disappointed.
He had his exam, full blood panel, and has been dewormed, vaccinated and micro-chipped (he was already neutered when he showed up.)
Reach out by calling Jeffyne at (805)452-4185 or through the website in an email:

AN UPDATE ON MIDGE!First of all, I want to thank all of you who donated for the cat-scan that Midge needed...you are app...
01/26/2024

AN UPDATE ON MIDGE!
First of all, I want to thank all of you who donated for the cat-scan that Midge needed...you are appreciated beyond words!
She was scoped and had a cat-scan on Wednesday...and as you can see she is happy to be back home with her dog, Bubba! They are inseparable! And she is back to her purring self with Athena...her human mom!
The good news is that no polyps are abnormalities that would require surgery were found. But it is still a mystery as to why she has on and off chronic wheezing. The vet thinks that she has some inflammation in her sinuses and that could possibly explain this. However, after talking with Athena, we both agree that she is because she is healthy in every other aspect, eating, drinking, playing, enjoying life...and Bubba...that to do any more invasive testing would not be fair to Midge. If we start to see changes or if the wheezing escalates then of course we will pursue whatever medical care we need to.
Again, thank you for always being there to help in these critical situations. You are appreciated more than I could begin to express in words! So I am sending each of you a virtual hug!

MIDGE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!Some of you may remember the story I posted about Midge a few weeks ago...it also appears in th...
01/22/2024

MIDGE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!

Some of you may remember the story I posted about Midge a few weeks ago...it also appears in the latest newsletter.
Unfortunately, her medical issues have continued....we believe something is not right in her trachea...she continues to wheeze and it sounds pretty scary.
So we have scheduled a cat-scan for her and possible surgery depending on what the specialist finds. The cat-scan alone is estimated at $3700...and that is with a non-profit discount. If surgery is needed, we will cover that as well.
You may ask why RESQCATS is covering this...and let me explain. Midge has had this issue since she was in foster care and while her foster adopted her, since it occurred while in our care...it is our responsibility to see it through. That's just how we operate.
Please read her story below...and consider donating here or you can donate through Daryl's birthday fundraiser!
www.RESQCATS.org
I'll keep you posted!

From Birth to a Forever Home

It began with an urgent phone call from Advanced Veterinary Specialist (AVS), a 24-hour emergency hospital that also operates as a referral clinic for those animals that need a cardiologist, orthopedist, oncologist or other specialized veterinarian. I am known quite well at AVS on a personal level as many of own animals have required their care. RESQCATS has also been a client for years as we have dealt with broken legs, heart murmurs, intensive care cats and more. In fact, I have often teased that I should have a designated parking space in front of the hospital!
A caring person had found a newborn kitten and brought it to the hospital hoping that someone could save it. The staff contacted me immediately, as they have many times in the past, desperate for help. It would be impossible for personnel to bottle feed this tiny girl every two hours for several weeks. Emergencies arrive all day and night and require urgent treatment. In addition, critical patients involve a lot of intensive care so time is of the essence.
I immediately called Athena Foley, one of our foster volunteers. She has cared for many of the newborn kittens that come our way without moms and has a tremendous amount of experience. She understood the dedication of the many weeks it would take to care for the kitten as she was no more than a couple of days old. I wasn’t surprised when Athena didn’t hesitate for a moment and said, “Yes! Where is she? I will go and get her right now!” That’s just how Athena is when it comes to fostering.
Athena named the kitten “Midge.”
Her commitment meant getting up every two hours around the clock to feed the kitten. She would need to stimulate Midge to do her waste disposal duties as kittens that young are unable to p*e and p**p on their own. At four to five weeks, Midge would start weaning onto canned food mixed with kitten milk replacement. In the following couple of weeks she could have dry food. The usual protocol was that she would be wormed and vaccinated and when she reached 8-9 weeks of age, she could be spayed and be put up for adoption. Sounds like a plan, doesn’t it? But things don’t always go according to plan.


Midge had many health issues along the way. She suffered from horrible diarrhea and none of the usual de-worming or parasitic medications seemed to help. Test after test was done to determine what we could do. Several other treatments were given and we experimented with a bland diet, but there was no clear answer to her problem. It was time and allowing her digestive system to develop that eventually worked. She also exhibited some breathing issues that were never quite diagnosed and that was concerning. Radiographs revealed nothing out of the ordinary and her blood work was normal.
The vet expenses were enormous…$2435.11 to be exact. Thankfully, RESQCATS can provide any and all that cats and kittens need here.
By the time Midge was healthy enough to be spayed, she was four months old. Athena and I thought it was best to have her surgery at a regular vet hospital where she could be closely monitored with special equipment and staff could be on stand-by if anything should happen during the procedure due to her breathing issues.
When a foster has given so much time and love to a little one who is on the brink of surviving, there is just something that tugs at the heart. I know! I feel that way when I have given my all to save a cat or kitten. I experience so many different emotions when they find an adopter. I try to see myself as a stepping stone in the kitty’s path to finding their forever person. But sometimes the path ends sooner and a foster wants to keep the kitten they have so lovingly cared for. I wasn’t surprised when Athena called and wanted to keep Midge. After all the two had been through they were just meant for each other.
I like to believe that when this happens, there is a need on both sides. The kitten knows so much love and becomes an integral part of the family and sending it to another home is not always in their best interest. At least that is what I tell myself. More likely is the fact that these special ones, like Midge, fulfill some need we have in our hearts at the time they come to us. They offer healing for our bodies and souls, joy where sadness has been and love when we feel alone.
Athena, you made the only choice!!!

12/31/2023

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who supported RESQCATS in 2023! Because of you, RESQCATS was able to provide whatever it took to save the lives of stray and abandoned cats and kittens!
195 found homes... because of you!
An additional 330 plus were spayed and neutered... because of you!
And we begin our 27th season in 2024... because of you!
RESQCATS will reach 4000 total adoptions in the Spring... because of you!
Many will make donations today before the year ends for your tax write-offs.
I encourage each of you to choose an organization close to your heart...whether it is for animal welfare, cancer research, food banks or the hundreds of other causes. Just find one that is close to your heart...and GIVE. Every dollar makes a difference and spreads kindness in the world.
And I hope for more kindness in 2024.
With gratitude and hope from Jeffyne and RESQCATS!
www.RESQCATS.org

RESQCATS is a non-profit sanctuary dedicated to the care and welfare of stray and abandoned cats and

The Montecito Pet Shop still has a few calendars and so do I! It's almost 2024 and your purchase of The Cats and Kittens...
12/28/2023

The Montecito Pet Shop still has a few calendars and so do I! It's almost 2024 and your purchase of The Cats and Kittens of RESQCATS 2024 will make a difference for some new arrivals as we begin our 27th season. (And we will celebrate 4000 total adoptions sometime in the Spring!) Order today!

Custom Photo Calendars for Sale The Cats & Kittens of ResQcats

12/24/2023

I just wanted to share one of the nicest letters I have ever received. It is actually from a blog that my friend and author, Patricia Fry writes. I've asked her if I should post it...this is not to toot my own horn, believe me...I'm just not into that. But perhaps it is food for thought for all those "angels" out there who rescue cats. This is in honor of them, too.

Meowy Monday – Let’s Honor Our Cat Rescue Angels
A few days ago I received the winter edition of Paws for the News, a beautifully done newsletter put out by RESQCATS of Santa Barbara. I have to admit this is not the only newsletter I receive from cat organizations. I also get one from a local homegrown raptor rescue center and a local land preserve. But RESQCATS is one of my favorite charities.

Jeffyne Telson has been rescuing cats and kittens through her amazing organization, RESQCATS for nearly thirty years. This is her passion and her life’s work. She has a beautiful facility where she houses the cats. With a small dedicated staff and volunteers, Jeffyne gives cats and kittens a place to rest along a sometimes difficult life journey. She treats any ailments and injuries (per her veterinarian’s instructions), socializes them, and works hard to find the appropriate home for each and everyone. She has, to date, rescued and cared for nearly 4,000 cats. What a worthwhile, exhausting, sad, beautiful, and satisfying way of life.

Jeffyne won the honor a few years ago of being chosen from thousands of applicants to care for cats at a rescue facility on a Greek island. She wrote a book about her experiences there and has won some prestigious awards with that book and hopefully touched some hearts.
But that is not the end of Jeffyne’s story. She continues to serve the cat community with the same passion that she started with all those years ago. She’s a cat rescue angel—one of many and one that I respect deeply.

I donate to RESQCATS, I’ve visited RESQCATS in Santa Barbara, I’ve written about this organization. I even did a little volunteering, and this also happens to be where my beautiful calico, Olivia, came from. I adopted Olivia from a photograph in 2020 and had the task and privilege of finishing the socialization process with her. As you’ll recall, there were few if any opportunities for us to socialize with other people, let alone have people in to help socialize a kitten during that time. Olivia is my snuggle bunny, but we’re still working on her socialization of others. She has learned to trust her cat sitter and she will come out of hiding and watch certain guests from a distance. Happy about that.

But this post is only a little bit about Olivia. It’s also about the thousands of cats and kittens RESQCATS has rescued.

I read RESQCATS winter 2023 newsletter with tears in my eyes. These were tears of sadness and pain at how some people and the elements treat cats, along with tears of pure joy upon reading some of the sweetest happy-ending stories ever—like the one where someone found a seriously underweight, near death kitten in a garbage bin, and the struggles to save him. The happy ending came when Mr. Jeffyne (as they call Jeffyne’s dear husband), walked through the cattery one day. It’s a cute story because it’s actually against policy and house rules for Mr. Jeffyne to go anywhere near the kittens during kitten season. Why? Because he’s a foster cat failure. He has fostered kittens before and he always fails—meaning he always adopts them himself..

So this day, with staff and volunteers gently reminding Mr. Jeffyne that he’s not supposed to be there, he walked in and straight to the pen where the tiny orange tabby (garbage can) kitten was fighting for his life. Long story short, Mr. Jeffyne adopted the kitten and he’s now living the good life in their home with a houseful of other cats that no one else wanted. With a new name—Mufasa—and renewed health, this perky, happy orange tabby is living his best life—as it should be.

There are a whole lot of “holidays” throughout the year honoring cats and people and so many other things—why not one honoring rescue cat angels? There are rescue cat angels in every state and in every community doing wonderful work. It’s hard work and it can be heartbreaking, but these people do it with love. Let’s not forget to honor them and to help them in meaningful ways—through your donations of time, needed items, and, of course funds.

The last...but not least newsletter story! Enjoy the adventure!THE MIDNIGHT UBER!   The night was expected to be cold an...
12/21/2023

The last...but not least newsletter story!
Enjoy the adventure!

THE MIDNIGHT UBER!

The night was expected to be cold and rainy when a litter of four newborn kittens was found in Buellton, a community between Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, CA. The mother cat was nowhere to be found. When a caring person found them, she picked up the kittens and brought them to a lady in the area who takes in wildlife.
Perhaps it would have been wiser to wait and see if the mother cat returned, but it is usually people’s inclination to get what may appear to be abandoned kittens to safety. It would be better to have a plan! But I understand emotions get the best of us, believe me! The babies are swooped up with no plan!
The wildlife lady reached out on social media desperate for help as she had no experience with bottle feeding newborn kittens. The umbilical cords were still attached so they could not have been than just a few days old.
It was about 8pm at night, my usual bedtime as I am a very early riser…well before the sun comes up…when the calls started coming in asking for help! I contacted several fosters to let them know what was going on and connected everyone I could think of to help the kittens. I hoped everyone would somehow rally as there was nothing I could do at that moment. The kittens were at a facility in Buellton, a 45-minute drive if you put the “pedal to the metal!” With so many working on a solution, I went to bed and hoped for a good report in the morning.
When I woke up the next morning, I reached out starting at 6 a.m.! I wondered, “Where is everyone? I mean doesn’t everybody get up before the sun like me? Why aren’t they answering my calls and texts?” I forgot I was the one who went to bed early and some of the fosters are night owls!
About an hour later, texts and phone calls started being returned and I got the full story. It goes like this:
Athena is an experienced foster who had bottle fed and cared for many newborns and young kittens for RESQCATS. She and a friend, Susan, somehow coupled and went to work on how to get the kittens to Athena in Santa Barbara. The wildlife lady was not comfortable driving to Santa Barbara at night, or meeting Athena halfway. So leave it to my friend Susan to come up with an idea…crazy as it may sound!
Susan called UBER and explained the situation to the driver and asked if he would pick up the litter in Buellton and transport them to Athena in Santa Barbara. By this time it was 10 p.m.! The young man was baffled as this request was not quite in his job description! He wasn’t opposed to taking on such an assignment but he thought he better ask his boss! A few minutes later, he returned the call to Susan and said he would drive the kittens to Santa Barbara. But first, he asked about any liability if a kitten or kittens should die on the way. Susan assured him, “Hey, we are all just trying to save this litter and we completely understand if they don’t make it to rescue alive. But we have to try!”
With that comment, the Uber driver was on board. He picked up his passengers and drove them to Santa Barbara. We will never know if they sat seat-belted in the back seat or got preferential treatment in the front!
The kittens arrived safe and sound at midnight. The driver was paid and I can bet he is still telling this story to his friends.
Because the desperate plea for help had been all over social media, everyone wanted to know the fate of the litter. Sure enough, the mom did return, but by then it was much too risky to reunite her with the litter. She was a feral mom and the babies smelled different after being in human care and I feared she would reject or harm them. So she was eventually trapped and returned.
Athena raised “Nacho,” “Biscuit,” “CocoPuff” and “Paisley for the next two months. She bottle fed them every two hours for weeks. Then she weaned them onto canned food and finally to kibble. The dedication it takes to undertake fostering newborns is a challenge, but Athena met it head on as she always does!
We kept everyone up to date on the kittens’ status as they had become quite famous! Nacho and Biscuit were adopted together. Paisley went to a previous adopter, has become best friends with the lady’s dog and they go everywhere together. CocoPuff found a home with dear friends who have a cat and three collies and they eventually got a playmate for her!
Sometimes it takes several caring individuals to make something like this come together. We all felt a sense of urgency when it came to saving lives. I am so proud of all those who went to the rescue…I just wish they all got up as early as I do so I wasn’t left in the dark wondering what became of this special litter overnight!

2024 WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT!THE RESQCATS 2024 CALENDAR IS NOW AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT THE MONTECITO PET SHOP O...
12/20/2023

2024 WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT!

THE RESQCATS 2024 CALENDAR IS NOW AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT THE MONTECITO PET SHOP ON THE MESA!
2020 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
http://www.tinyurl.com/resqcats2024 to see the entire calendar or to order online!

Or visit www.RESQCATS.org and hit the calendar tab and it will lead you to the the link to order!

The Cats & Kittens of ResQcats

Looking to adopt a kitten or cat? ResQcats is the best place to adopt rescue cats or kittens in Santa Barbara, California. Known for her cat rescue charity endeavors in Greece, Jeffyne Telson started her own non-profit organization, ResQcats, Inc., which is dedicated to the rescue, care and adoptio

Ready for another heart-warming story from the newsletter? Here ya' go!From Birth to a Forever Home   It began with an u...
12/20/2023

Ready for another heart-warming story from the newsletter? Here ya' go!

From Birth to a Forever Home

It began with an urgent phone call from Advanced Veterinary Specialist (AVS), a 24-hour emergency hospital that also operates as a referral clinic for those animals that need a cardiologist, orthopedist, oncologist or other specialized veterinarian. I am known quite well at AVS on a personal level as many of own animals have required their care. RESQCATS has also been a client for years as we have dealt with broken legs, heart murmurs, intensive care cats and more. In fact, I have often teased that I should have a designated parking space in front of the hospital!
A caring person had found a newborn kitten and brought it to the hospital hoping that someone could save it. The staff contacted me immediately, as they have many times in the past, desperate for help. It would be impossible for personnel to bottle feed this tiny girl every two hours for several weeks. Emergencies arrive all day and night and require urgent treatment. In addition, critical patients involve a lot of intensive care so time is of the essence.
I immediately called Athena Foley, one of our foster volunteers. She has cared for many of the newborn kittens that come our way without moms and has a tremendous amount of experience. She understood the dedication of the many weeks it would take to care for the kitten as she was no more than a couple of days old. I wasn’t surprised when Athena didn’t hesitate for a moment and said, “Yes! Where is she? I will go and get her right now!” That’s just how Athena is when it comes to fostering.
Athena named the kitten “Midge.”
Her commitment meant getting up every two hours around the clock to feed the kitten. She would need to stimulate Midge to do her waste disposal duties as kittens that young are unable to p*e and p**p on their own. At four to five weeks, Midge would start weaning onto canned food mixed with kitten milk replacement. In the following couple of weeks she could have dry food. The usual protocol was that she would be wormed and vaccinated and when she reached 8-9 weeks of age, she could be spayed and be put up for adoption. Sounds like a plan, doesn’t it? But things don’t always go according to plan.


Midge had many health issues along the way. She suffered from horrible diarrhea and none of the usual de-worming or parasitic medications seemed to help. Test after test was done to determine what we could do. Several other treatments were given and we experimented with a bland diet, but there was no clear answer to her problem. It was time and allowing her digestive system to develop that eventually worked. She also exhibited some breathing issues that were never quite diagnosed and that was concerning. Radiographs revealed nothing out of the ordinary and her blood work was normal.
The vet expenses were enormous…$2435.11 to be exact. Thankfully, RESQCATS can provide any and all that cats and kittens need here.
By the time Midge was healthy enough to be spayed, she was four months old. Athena and I thought it was best to have her surgery at a regular vet hospital where she could be closely monitored with special equipment and staff could be on stand-by if anything should happen during the procedure due to her breathing issues.
When a foster has given so much time and love to a little one who is on the brink of surviving, there is just something that tugs at the heart. I know! I feel that way when I have given my all to save a cat or kitten. I experience so many different emotions when they find an adopter. I try to see myself as a stepping stone in the kitty’s path to finding their forever person. But sometimes the path ends sooner and a foster wants to keep the kitten they have so lovingly cared for. I wasn’t surprised when Athena called and wanted to keep Midge. After all the two had been through they were just meant for each other.
I like to believe that when this happens, there is a need on both sides. The kitten knows so much love and becomes an integral part of the family and sending it to another home is not always in their best interest. At least that is what I tell myself. More likely is the fact that these special ones, like Midge, fulfill some need we have in our hearts at the time they come to us. They offer healing for our bodies and souls, joy where sadness has been and love when we feel alone.
Athena, you made the only choice!!!

And now..."the rest of the story" from yesterday's post!And Now, A Few Words from Mr. Jeffyne…Yes, I’m the Classic Foste...
12/19/2023

And now..."the rest of the story" from yesterday's post!

And Now, A Few Words from Mr. Jeffyne…
Yes, I’m the Classic Foster Failure!
Any of you who have been followers of RESQCATS for more than a few years know that Mr. Jeffyne is NOT the cat person in this family. Oh yah, he cares about cats as well as all animals. But you know that his real passion is dogs…specifically rough coated collies.
So, what happened to Mr, Jeffyne when he was told about a tiny kitty who had been dumped in a garbage can? (See Jeffyne’s Believe in Miracles story.) Did he stay out of the cattery and avoid meeting that tiny buff boy? Of course not, he went inside. And when he was in, could he simply walk by the enclosure and ignore that little guy? Absolutely not, he felt compelled to go see him! And when he got to the enclosure, could he just stand on the outside looking in? Certainly, he could have…but did he? No way!!
And when he overheard Jeffyne talking with potential adopters about this sweet little kitty, was he able to mind his own business? Well, he should have, but he didn’t! Instead, he felt obliged to advise Jeffyne to hold off adopting that kitten saying, “Well, maybe the people who are coming over to meet him should adopt a pair of bonded cats!”
Of course, Mr. Jeffyne is capable of saying and doing all of this because he has a condition that’s well known in the world of animal rescue. Mr. Jeffyne is a classic, “FOSTER FAILURE!”
This behavior has been known to Jeffyne since early in their relationship.
Years ago, a dog rescue organization called and told Mr. Jeffyne they had just taken in a 1-year-old male collie. Mr. Jeffyne contacted his foster parents who live in the area and scheduled to meet them to pick up the dog. However, upon arriving at the rescue, Mr. Jeffyne waved off the foster parent saying, “This looks like a really nice boy, I’ll just take him home for the night to see what Jeffyne thinks.” Needless to say, that collie never left our home. That’s when Jeffyne made new rescue instructions for Mr. Jeffyne. “No dog is allowed to ‘spend the night.’ There will be no OVERNIGHT COLLIES! If you rescue a collie, pick him up and just keep driving. Pass this property and DO NOT bring him inside the gate!!” Without question, I always followed those rules. (Wink, wink!!) That’s why on two different occasions we had 11 collies…of our own!
Jeffyne has always teasingly (I thought) introduced Mr. Jeffyne to RESQCATS volunteers and potential adopters as the interloper who’s not allowed in the cattery during kitty season, or he’d adopt every kitten in the place! Well, while that may be a little bit of an exaggeration, she’s probably not too far off. That’s why during the height of kitten season, I generally never go into the cattery alone, except in the mornings to say hello to the volunteers and thank them for all they do for the organization.
I’ve managed to follow Jeffyne’s guidance for most of RESQCATS’ 26 years of operation. Oh, naturally, there’ve been a few missteps. But for the most part, I’ve honored Jeffyne’s rule, “Stay out of the cattery when there are little kittens present!!”
So, when I heard about the “garbage can kitten” I immediately flashed on Jeffyne’s rule, “Stay out of the cattery…” and equally as quickly put it of my mind and headed for the kitten enclosures.
Unfortunately, I was caught by the “Simon Legree of RESQCATS rules,” and with a broom in one hand and a bag of kitty p**p in the other. Mr. Jeffyne was told, in no uncertain terms, “Out young man…OUT!” Now, without fail, since I always follow my wife’s directions, I instantly spun an about face, and just as swiftly another 180, dashed under the outstretched broom, past the front enclosures…all the way to the back to meet little Jimmi, “the garbage can kitty!”
It was love at first purr. This sweet little guy was by himself at the very back of the cattery. If no one made a special effort to visit him, Jimmy’s only daily entertainment was watching the giant tortoises meander around their yards.
How could I pass on his sweet face? When I entered his enclosure, he immediately “nosed” me and pawed me as if to ask, “Bend lower so I can get on your shoulders.” And naturally when I did get closer, that’s precisely where this little boy perched.
He affectionately rubbed against my face and beard as he crawled to my chest to gaze into my glasses. I couldn’t tell if he was looking at my eyes, staring at his reflection or p*ering deep into my soul asking me to love him.
But by then it was too late to answer those questions, he had me! I had failed again. It was usually with a dog that I would sheepishly say, “Well, he followed me home, can I keep him to?” or a tortoise that I discovered on the internet that needed a home.
But this time, it wasn’t any outside influence…it was just me. Good ol’ Mr. Jeffyne deciding I’d like to adopt one of the more than 3,900 RESQCATS kittens. Only in the case of little Jimmy, it wasn’t an adoption…it can now be posted on the world wide web and flashed in blinking lights on Broadway...Mr. Jeffyne is a CLASSIC FOSTER FAILURE!
And I love it!
Oh…and by the way…that little Jimmy who started his life in a refuse container has risen to the top of the mountain, He even has a new name to match his new life…Mufasa…The Lion King!!

Vows to our rescues
You’ll never starve again.
You’ll never hurt again.
You’ll never feel lonely and unloved again.
You’ll never feel scared and unwanted again.
We’ll never betray you.
We’ll always protect you.
And when the time comes
we’ll be right there next to you
to hold you and
make you feel loved.

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