Lovable Senior Cat Grandpa Mason Gifted With Peaceful Crossing & The Purrfect Protege To Follow In His Paw Prints

I’ve covered a few stories about the adorable cats that have crossed the threshold of TinyKittens. The non-profit organization in British Columbia would have rescued these cats regardless of any publicity it garnered. What they hadn’t expected though, was that their most seemingly “hopeless” cat would turn out to be their most inspirational! It was a scruffy, senior feral cat they dubbed “Grandpa Mason” that changed everything for them. For more than 1,000 days he was in their care and off the streets. And during that time, the sweet feline brought them smiles daily. But he didn’t stop thanking them once he was safe and warm.

Photo: @MasonAndKittens / @tinykittens

Afterwards, Grandpa Mason was happy to dedicate the rest of his life to helping them socialize other felines.

Sadly, this chapter of his life ended on Thursday, September 19th, 2019. Surrounded by his doting family and his favorite comforts, the decision was made to let him cross the rainbow bridge peacefully.

His story doesn’t end tomorrow, it simply becomes a new chapter. His impact will live on, and he will continue to change the narrative about feral, old, sick, ‘different’ cats.

Grandpa Mason’s life–or at least what’s known of it–hadn’t been easy.

Most importantly, it was through TNR efforts that Mason was given the opportunity to flourish! Here’s his story per his purrsonal Facebook page Grandpa Mason and his kittens.

We brought Mason in during a big Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) event back in October. A developer had purchased a large rural property with several derelict barns.[He] was just beginning to bulldoze them, not realizing they were home to about 60 feral cats and kittens. We got permission to set up a feeding station and start trapping the cats. [We’d] spay and neuter them and find homes for as many as we could.

Image: @MasonAndKittens / @tinykittens

We brought in about 26 cats that weekend, including Mason.

Photo: @MasonAndKittens / @tinykittens

He had a massive growth on the bottom of his right paw.

His tail had been broken multiple times in multiple places, he had infections, and he needed extensive dental surgery. We took care of his paw, treated his infections and neutered him. And then [we] kept him so he could recover from that surgery before doing his dental.

Posted by Grandpa Mason and his kittens on Saturday, July 22, 2017

He was the first feral I’ve had to splint and bandage without sedation, which is tricky enough with a socialized cat! He is one of the oldest surviving ferals we have seen, and throughout his recovery, he made it clear his feral instincts were deeply ingrained. We planned to return him to his home on the farm when he was healed.

Photo: @MasonAndKittens / @tinykittens – Abscess on Grandpa Mason’s paw that was removed

(The property owner agreed to continue feeding the cats and we’d provide food and medical care on an ongoing basis).

Photo: @MasonAndKittens / @tinykittens

Then we got his blood work back and discovered [Grandpa Mason] has advanced kidney disease.

It would be cruel for us to return him, knowing he would suffer and was unlikely to survive the winter. We had two options: euthanize him, or give him a chance to adjust to life in a home and provide hospice care for as long as he had left.

Photo: @MasonAndKittens / @tinykittens

So Grandpa Mason stayed with the organizations founder, Shelly Roche, and surprised everyone when he warmed up to her foster kittens immediately. 

He seemed to relish in the attention they showered upon him and he was able to openly express his love to others.

They swarmed over to Mason’s lair, and started climbing all over him, just really invading his personal space. I was right there next to them, holding my breath and expecting him to hiss or growl and then slink away to hide under the couch. When Scrammy (ginger kitten) started licking Mason’s ear, and Mason leaned into it, I completely melted. The one thing missing for Mason had been contact with another living being, and while he didn’t want that from ME, he had clearly been craving it from his own kind.

Grandpa Mason gets #TrojanKittened AND face-chewed, and he loves every minute of it. 😀 Watch live 24/7 at TinyKittens.com/live

Posted by Grandpa Mason and his kittens on Sunday, July 23, 2017

We did daily “field trips” with Grandpa Mason and the kittens, so they got lots of play and snuggle time together. They chased each other around the house. He captured them and give them baths. He trilled to them to get their attention, and he flopped and rolled around on the floor like a giant kitten. It was just the most adorable thing ever!

Grandpa gets a spa day!

Grandpa Mason is having a relaxing spa day on his #TinySofa by the fire, having his hair styled and getting purred all over by the Red Baron and Linus. 😀 <3Mason's story, in case you missed it: TinyKittens.com/cases/mason

Posted by Grandpa Mason and his kittens on Monday, December 3, 2018

However, Grandpa Mason’s battle with kidney disease wasn’t going to be a victorious one.

Shelly and the TinyKittens family knew every moment with him would be a blessing.

We are a no-kill organization, and believe that any life is worth saving as long as we are able to alleviate suffering. Mason’s many scars told us how hard he had fought to survive this long. And we were determined to give him a chance to experience comfort, safety and freedom from pain during his sunset months.

For almost three years, Grandpa Mason has imparted his love, wisdom and calming demeanor on the foster kittens that looked up to him.

 

The furry soul that seemed to bond with him most has quite a “tail” of her own.

I was lucky enough to write the story of Aura, or Auracuda, as her own social media pages refer to her. This sweetie was born to a feral mom trapped by TinyKittens in April of 2018. With a severe cleft palate (and reportedly major tortitude!), she almost didn’t survive. But her fighting spirit prevailed. She then met a role model who showed her how to share that courage and bravery.

Not that those help when a neonatal kitten refuses to sit still and latch onto the bottle! 

 

With Grandpa Mason and Auracuda leading the way, dozens of cats were welcomed into a world of comfort and love.

And it is now during these difficult times, that we can see his teachings in his loving protege. That makes every moment–whether or not there were enough of them–worth it all.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The torch has been passed to the @auracuda, and she plans to take her responsibilities seriously. 😻❤ #tinysofa #grandpamason #love

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It was all worth it if only one more person was inspired to help a senior, a feral or any otherwise deemed “unworthy” cat. Thankfully, there are likely a few in the 1.6 Million people that follow TinyKittens on Facebook! 

For 1069 days, we got to love this glorious ancient “lost cause” feral cat. I’m grateful for every single day, even today as all of our hearts are shattering into a million pieces. This is the sunset I hoped I could give him; the final gift he so deserved; at home, in peace, free from pain and surrounded by love and kittens.

Photo: @MasonAndKittens / @tinykittens
Photo: @MasonAndKittens / @tinykittens

Thank you so much for loving him as much as we do. His story doesn’t end tonight, as we still have so much work to do in his name.

Photo: @MasonAndKittens / @tinykittens

If you would like to help cats like Grandpa Mason get a chance to experience the love, comfort and joy they deserve, please support TNR efforts in your own neighborhoods.

Photo: @MasonAndKittens / @tinykittens

Help others understand that underneath their tough, fierce feral exteriors, they have so much love to give and are worthy of compassion. Become advocates for spaying, neutering and most of all… compassion.

Photo: @MasonAndKittens / @tinykittens
Photo: @MasonAndKittens / @tinykittens

Help us turn the global compassion deficit responsible for cat overpopulation into a global compassion surplus. By telling their stories, giving them a voice, and helping change the narrative about feral cats.

Photo: @MasonAndKittens / @tinykittens

Grandpa Mason was worth saving.

The heartbreak we are feeling now is nothing compared to the joy and understanding he brought to the world. And the impact he has already had. I can’t imagine what it will be like to wake up tomorrow without him here. But I have a feeling he will help us find our path forward…

Photo: @MasonAndKittens / @tinykittens
Photo: @MasonAndKittens / @tinykittens

REMEMBER: SPAY/NEUTER, FOSTER, VOLUNTEER, TNR & AS ALWAYS, ADOPT, DON’T SHOP!

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Want To Be Buried With Your Pet? NY Law Allows It

It goes without saying that pets are family. For many of us pet owners, when our animals pass away, we choose to have their remains cremated. And when we die, what becomes of those ashes that we held on to and likely displayed in our home? Well, for residents in New York state, people are allowed to have the cremated remains of their pets buried with them.

Which begs the question: would you want to be buried with your pet?

In late 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation in it’s favor. 

“…making it legal for the cremated remains of pets to be interred with their owners at any of the approximately 1,900 not-for-profit cemeteries regulated by the state.” 

That is, as long as the cemetery makes no objections of it. And according to the legislation, the cremated remains of late pets must:

“be disposed of by placing them in a grave, crypt or niche.”

When the law was made official, Gov. Cuomo released a press statement standing by his decision. He declared that:

For many New Yorkers, their pets are members of the family. This legislation will roll back this unnecessary regulation and give cemeteries the option to honor the last wishes of pet lovers across New York.

We hear of laws popping up left and right concerning pets all the time.

Just a few examples are bans on declawing your cat, pet shops being forced to sell rescue only pets, and so on. But this legislation was made into law nearly three years ago. And it seems that no other states have followed suit.

The law received much praise and support from fellow lawmakers. Such as Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Erie County), who sponsored the law in the Senate:

For years now, New Yorkers have desired to have their pets interred in their grave, and cemeteries will now be able to offer this burial option as a result of this new law.

It’s important to note that in order to be buried with your pet in New York, there are a few stipulations.

According to ForestLawn.com: The new law does not require cemeteries to allow pet interments, but rather gives them the option to do so.

“From companion animals to retired military service dogs, this new law honors the memory of the special relationships that exist between New Yorkers and their pets,” — George Webster, president of the New York State Association of Cemeteries.

The state’s official website, Department of State – Division of Cemeteries, clearly defines the limitations of the law. If you’d like to read them in detail, you can do so here.

But we’ve included some of the major points of the law below for you as stated on their website:

Q: MUST CEMETERIES ALLOW INTERMENT OF PET CREMATED REMAINS?

A: No.  A cemetery may choose to offer this service. In addition to board approval, the cemetery should consider giving lot owners an opportunity to vote on whether a cemetery should begin to accept pet cremated remains for interment at a lot owners meeting.  

If a cemetery decides to offer this service, it must amend its rules and regulations to explicitly allow for the interment of pet cremated remains. The amendment should make it clear pet cremated remains will be accepted for interment only where the interment is incidental to the interment of human remains. The Division must review any revisions to a cemetery’s rules and regulations and those changes do not take effect until they are approved.

Q: WHAT MAY A CEMETERY CHARGE FOR INTERMENT OF PET CREMATED REMAINS?

A: As with any service, the cemetery must seek the Division’s approval of the price.  When reviewing the proposed charge, the Division will consider the “fair and reasonable cost and expense of rendering the services or performing the work for which such charges are made.”  By law, the entire interment charge must go into the cemetery’s permanent maintenance fund.

A cemetery’s lot prices may include an additional fee for the right to inter pet cremated remains in a lot, provided the cemetery includes such a charge in its list of lot prices. If a lot is initially sold without a right to inter pet cremated remains and such right is added later, the cemetery may impose an additional charge for that right. Because any fee for a right of interment of pet cremated remains would be part of the lot price, ten percent of it must be deposited into the cemetery’s permanent maintenance fund with the balance deposited into the cemetery’s general or current maintenance fund.

In addition, any charges for memorialization of interred pet cremated remains must be consistent with charges for memorialization of interred human remains. The entire fee for memorialization may be deposited into the cemetery’s general or current maintenance fund.

So, we must know, would you want to be buried with your pet? Purrhaps more states will start doing this if there is demand from the public for it. Let us know what you think!

REMEMBER: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP, MICROCHIP YOUR PETS & SPAY AND NEUTER!

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Max the Magnificent Manx Fights For A Month To Keep His Head Held High, His Spirit “Pawsitive” & His Heart Full

It’s been a difficult couple of months for little Max the Magnificent Manx. The brave baby kitten had been taken into foster care when he was around a month old. But his battle was far from over. From that moment on, Max put maximum effort into conquering each day. His heart was full with the love from his doting foster mom. And his spirit burnt bright with a “pawsitivity” that couldn’t be extinguished–no matter what the day brought. But the most inspiring thing that little Max did was simply go through each day with his head held high.

However, for Max the Magnificent Manx, holding his head up at ALL proved to be difficult. 

Max’s story began with his mother. She was owned by a woman who unfortunately had recently become homeless. Another individual stepped in to help her continue to care for her cats. And this was about to get worse as sadly, one cat had become pregnant. 

The female had the litter of kittens and they were happily being raised by their mamas. When the time came to adopt them out, they would do so. And then mama would be fixed. But one of the little ginger boy kittens began having health issues. 

When the illness didn’t clear up and things became worse, they knew they needed more help. So they reached out to The Bitty Kitty Brigade, a orphaned neonatal kitten organization in Twin Cities, Minnesota. With their experienced foster based team, they were happy to step in and help little Max. Max joined the foster home of Sam Jackson, who knew there was something special in her newest charge.

This is Max the Manx. Max cannot use his legs or lift his head right now.

The vet believes he has toxoplasmosis so he has started treatment for that. It can take 48 hours to see results so we’re still waiting. The other potential diagnosis was a botfly that had migrated to his brain and the outcome for that is not good. Since he arrived last night, Max has increased the amounts he’s willing to eat a little bit and has been taking some luxuriously warm naps in the incubator. We’re so hopeful that soon we will see improvement.

Max

We've had a lot of difficult, touch-and-go situations lately and this is our most recent. This is Max the Manx. Max cannot use his legs or lift his head right now. The vet believes he has toxoplasmosis so he has started treatment for that. It can take 48 hours to see results so we're still waiting. The other potential diagnosis was a botfly that had migrated to his brain and the outcome for that is not good. Since he arrived last night, Max has increased the amounts he's willing to eat a little bit and has been taking some luxuriously warm naps in the incubator. We're so hopeful that soon we will see improvement. We'd also love to spend a few days away from the emergency vet! We've taken some hard hits lately so if you've got a few dollars to spare, we would greatly appreciate it!

Posted by The Bitty Kitty Brigade on Monday, July 15, 2019

It was the very next day that “Max the Magnificent” emerged during his first successful roll-over! 

And each day in foster care, Max managed to take baby kitten steps towards a healthy life. 

Hi guys, it’s Max the Manx! I was just havin’ some lunches and belly rubs and then I did a rollover! I am tryin’ very hard to get better so that is exciting that I could do that.

Max rolls over

Hi guys, it's Max the Manx! I was just havin' some lunches and belly rubs and then I did a rollover! I am tryin' very hard to get better so that is exciting that I could do that. Thank you to everyone who donated to help me and the other kitties!

Posted by The Bitty Kitty Brigade on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

I’m doin’ big stuffs over here today! I’m lifting my head the tiniest bit when my foster mama talks to me. This is a big deal she says. Also, I’m still doin’ rolls. But now I do ’em just to get on my belly. I like being on my belly.

I still will only eat a couple mls at a time….but thats ok – foster mama says she will feed me every 2 hours because she gets to give me extra loves that way anyway. Take that, toxo!!

Max the Manx

Hey guys – its me, Max the Manx!I'm doin' big stuffs over here today! I'm lifting my head the tiniest bit when my foster mama talks to me. This is a big deal she says. Also, I'm still doin' rolls. But now I do 'em just to get on my belly. I like being on my belly.I still will only eat a couple mls at a time….but thats ok – foster mama says she will feed me every 2 hours because she gets to give me extra loves that way anyway. Take that, toxo!!

Posted by The Bitty Kitty Brigade on Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Three day’s into foster life and Max was continuously improving. 

Look at how good I am eating! I can also hold my head up for longer but it’s still pretty heavy. I am gonna keep workin’ at it! After this dinner, I did a really big poo all by myself and foster mom and her friend got very excited. I dunno what that’s about but I feel pretty good now.

Hi everyone, it’s Max again! I am still tryin’ hard to get stronger. Look at how good I am eating! I eat 10mls at a time now and do all the suckling on my own. I can also hold my head up for longer but it’s still pretty heavy. I am gonna keep workin’ at it! After this dinner, I did a really big poo all by myself and foster mom and her friend got very excited. I dunno what that’s about but I feel pretty good now.

Posted by The Bitty Kitty Brigade on Thursday, July 18, 2019

Today I can holds my head up all by myself – A LOT. In even bigger news, I am taking a few wobbly steps!!

Max walks!

Hey guys- its big boy Max the Manx here!Today I can holds my head up all by myself – A LOT. In even bigger news, I am taking a few wobbly steps!! Oh, and I am demanding lots of meatshakes! I'm working hard to get better and better every day!#takethattoxo

Posted by The Bitty Kitty Brigade on Friday, July 19, 2019

His first week was full of amazing–and what made him magnificent–feats of strength for his determined soul. 

Today….I attack!!! I doin’ big things – killin’ stuffs. My heat disc….DEAD. Butterfly trying to sneak attack me….DEAD. Yeah don’t mess with me, stuffs! Now I do rests and clean my feets. Killin stuffs is hard work! (P.S. I moved out of the oven and got my own ‘partment! Can’t contain me!)

Max Attack

Hey guys- its me, Max the Manx!Today….I attack!!! I doin' big things – killin' stuffs. My heat disc….DEAD. Butterfly trying to sneak attack me….DEAD. Yeah don't mess with me, stuffs! Now I do rests and clean my feets. Killin stuffs is hard work! (P.S. I moved out of the oven and got my own 'partment! Can't contain me!)

Posted by The Bitty Kitty Brigade on Saturday, July 20, 2019

Do u even lift, bro? I do. Look at me liftin’ my whole self and just standin’ around for some glamour shots. I need to do a little more exercises because my legs are still pretty weak but I am gettin’ there!

By July 27th, Max was finally eating his big kitten gruel…mostly. 

Guess what?! Today I eats big boy food! It’s really the best if you stick your whole face in it.

Max Eats

Hey guys! Its me, Max!!Guess what?! Today I eats big boy food! It's really the best if you stick your whole face in it. Told mom I will still be requesting my meatshakes before bed.

Posted by The Bitty Kitty Brigade on Saturday, July 27, 2019

But then Max began feeling not so magnificent anymore.

And just a couple days later, they shared a post on their Facebook page to keep everyone informed. Little Max had easily wormed his way into the hearts of their supporters. 

We are really sad today to report that Max the Manx is not feeling so mighty. After days of increasing progress and strength, Max appears to have regressed back to his initial state of being unable to walk or lift his head very well.

The vets are now leaning away from the toxoplasmosis diagnosis and more towards a neurological issue like hydrocephalus. Max has a consult with neurology on Thursday and we will hopefully know more then but it feels like it’s forever away. Poor Max is very frustrated to be immobile again. Please cross your fingers that we can get some answers for Max soon and get him back on the road to magnificence.

Overnight though, Max didn’t improve how they’d wished. In fact, he continued to steadily decline. Sam did everything she could to get an early neurologist appointment and they were able to squeeze Max in. 

The neurologist does not feel that Max has hydrocephalus. She does see some neurological issues which she feels may be the effects of toxoplasmosis.

She doubled the dosage of his toxo meds and prescribed a 4 week course. If we don’t see any improvement within a week, it is likely an indicator that his brain has already been too affected and cannot recover. We are hoping with all of our might to see rapid improvement in him like we did before.

The vet also commented on the fact that, despite looking so poorly and feeling so badly, Max purred his entire appointment. There’s a special spirit in this boy; let’s hope we can heal the body that encases it. Thank you so much to everyone who donated on our previous post – it’s your support that allows us to provide a high level of care for Max!

Max the Magnificent spent the next week with his foster mom, relaxing and allowing the medications to work. 

They increased his dosage of steroids and after a couple days, he began to shine again. 

Guess what??!! Today I can lift my head up! And I’m doing rolls! I have been so frustrated not getting better. Mom cried when she saw me lift my head up this morning- she’s kind of weird, but she loves me A LOT and and seems pretty happy about it so I am going to keep tryin’ hard. Maybe tomorrow I will be runnin’!

Max Update

Hey guys- its me Max!I know I haven't updated you in a while. I have been workin' so hard on getting betters. Two days ago, they started givin' me even more medicines of steroids. Guess what??!! Today I can lift my head up! And I'm doing rolls! I have been so frustrated not getting better. Mom cried when she saw me lift my head up this morning- she's kind of weird, but she loves me A LOT and and seems pretty happy about it so I am going to keep tryin' hard. Maybe tomorrow I will be runnin'!

Posted by The Bitty Kitty Brigade on Sunday, August 4, 2019

On August 8th, little Max took a step backwards. But it wasn’t a sad move, more of a “boot scootin’ boogy!”

Scootin' Max

Hey guys! Its me, Max the Manx!These steriods are really bulkin' me up, guys! Check out my new tricks. I am sitting up all the time now. And I do scoots backwards better than any other kitten in da history of kitten backwards scootins. I like to mess with my mom, she says "come here, Max!" and then I go backwards away from her, haha!!Happy #internationalcatday, guys! Pretty soon I'mma be a big, magnificent cat!

Posted by The Bitty Kitty Brigade on Thursday, August 8, 2019

I just had a baff and I smell so good! Mom has been tryin’ to do physical therapies on me and move my legs all around. So then I start licking my toes extra cute and she gets distracted and gives me kisses instead of exercises.

Max the Magnificent Manx, his foster mom Sam Jackson and The Bitty Kitty Brigade did everything they could to give him an amazing life. 

As I followed Max’s story on social media myself, it was inspiring and heart bursting to see his successes. Every lift of his head, every tiny step he took–even if wobbly–and every time he rolled over, life was his. And Max wasn’t going to let any of those moments slip by. 

I gathered Max’s info again and sorted through the adorable photos and videos I had saved. About an hour into the work, I refreshed The Bitty Kitty Brigade Facebook page.

**WARNING: POSSIBLE TEARS AHEAD**

And what I saw broke me. The reality of cat rescue slapped me in the face and pushed me out of my chair. My heart dropped, broke and crumbled simultaneously.

As I read their update through a layer of foggy waves in my eyes, I knew they were right.

And I knew that it would only fuel their desire to help the next feline, and the next, and then the next…..

Friends, we are heartbroken. 

Max was not his usual self this morning. His legs had stiffened up again, he wasn’t swallowing well, he was moaning and, most of all, he seemed defeated. When his breathing became labored, his caregiver rushed him to the hospital. Max passed while she held him. 

Max had such tremendous support from all of you and we’re so grateful for that. He was able to touch so many lives in his own short life. We are especially grateful to Max’s foster mom who doted on him day and night and gave him the best possible life – bathing him, feeding him, medicating him, bringing him to vet visits and most of all, loving him and nurturing him.

Max had a tireless spirit and so much fight in him but was such a tenderhearted boy who loved being held and petted and purred accordingly. His body just wouldn’t cooperate. 

Run free, Max the Magnificent Manx. We love you.

REMEMBER: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP; FOSTERING SAVES LIVES & SPAY AND NEUTER!

I’m no longer by your side, But there’s no need to weep;
I’ve left sweet recollections, I’m hoping you would keep.
Eternal joy and memories Stay in our hearts forever,
Strengthening our special bond that parting cannot sever.
Now it’s time to journey on, So let your faith be strong,
For I am in a better place…I’m home where I belong.

And if times of loneliness Bring sorrow and dismay,
Don’t despair, for I am there…Just a Memory Away R.I.P Little Max. You were and always will be loved.🐾🐾🐾🙏😢

~ Bina Wagner, comment on The Bitty Kitty Brigade Facebook post

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5-Week-Old Kittens Found In Engine; May Not See Well, But Felt The Love Of Rescuers

About two weeks ago, our friend Elizabeth Putsche sent me an email about some kittens. You see, Elizabeth is the Executive Director at For All Animals in Maryland. Their organization is dedicated to helping all animals through diverse programs. From drafting state legislation – to producing documentaries – to providing one-on-one support for local activists. But this time, she had an amazing story to share with me about two specific kittens. It wasn’t just the story of how they were rescued–which in itself COULD be a wonderful tale. But it’s how these tiny fighters accepted a love they could not see, but felt deep within their furry bodies.

Photo courtesy of For All Animals

What everyone else could not see coming, was how much the two kittens would touch their hearts. 

Their story begins on June 24th, when Elizabeth received a call for help.

A mechanic had brought a large piece of construction equipment in for repairs. But little did they know, there were two 5-week-old kittens hiding out in the engine compartment! Fortunately they were not near an area where they could be easily injured. However, right away, they noticed something different about these kittens. 

One kitten, a little girl they named Monkey, seemed to have ulcers on her eyes and they couldn’t be sure she could even see fully.

Photo courtesy of For All Animals

The other kitten, a boy named Smooshy, had almost NO eyes at all! All they could see was a tiny sliver behind mostly closed lids. Hence the name, because of his smooshed eyelids.

Photo courtesy of For All Animals

In a touching gesture, the mechanic brought the kittens home. His family was happy to take the needy kittens to their vet. The siblings clearly needed medical attention. As much as the family wanted to be there for the babies, they knew they didn’t have the experience or knowledge to care for the kittens. So it was the vet that suggested For All Animals, and contacted Elizabeth.

The veterinarian was stumped at first with Smooshy’s additional eye problems, as is was something they did not see often.

Photo courtesy of For All Animals

Both kittens were suffering from upper eyelid agenesis, a congenital defect where the upper lateral eyelid is not formed.

After some research, it was determined the additional issues for Smooshy were likely something called microphthalmos. Because the kittens were so young, it probably came from an infection their mother may have had.

Photo courtesy of For All Animals

Infection *MOST COMMON IN CATS FOR MICROPHTHALMIA*– Anophthalmia and microphthalmia can be caused by a virus during fetal development; most commonly, toxoplasmosis and certain forms of kitty influenza.

Photo courtesy of For All Animals
  • How does the pregnant mother get toxoplasmosis: 
    • Coming into contact with, or ingesting, an infected animals fecal matter.
    • By eating infected meat

      Photo courtesy of For All Animals

Luckily, they did not see any other external health issues affecting the two kittens.

Elizabeth made an Opthamologist appointment for the earliest available date. But that was a few days away, so the sweet siblings got to stay in foster care. And they were just a friendly as could be! It’s like they could sense, without fully seeing, the love that they were finally receiving. 

They played like normal kittens.

Photos courtesy of For All Animals

They snuggled together and with their newly dedicated humans.

Photo courtesy of For All Animals

At their appointment the next week, the Ophthalmologist confirmed their suspicions. 

Both were diagnosed with upper eyelid agenesis. Due to Smooshy’s lack of eyes, he isn’t affected, but Monkey’s fur is poking her in the eye all along the top of her eye.

Monkey also suffers from Peters’ anomaly (or anterior segment dysgenesis). Which is a failure of the normal development of the tissues of the anterior segment of the eye. It presents as a foggy white haze on the outer sides of her eyes, and inhibits her vision. But we won’t know the full extent of the injury until she grows more.

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So For All Animals began fundraising to cover the costs of the eye surgeries the kittens needed. 

The ophthalmologist gave us an estimate for the procedures this pair will need in a few months – and it is A LOT.

With our 25% nonprofit discount, each surgery is estimated at $2,350. With kitten season in full effect, and our existing fosters, we are running low on funds and really need your support! Please make a donation to help Smooshy and his sister Monkey get the eye attention they desperately need. These munchkins will also need a home – together.

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But then something happened that no one could see coming. 

On Tuesday, August 6th, Elizabeth reached out to share some devastating news with us and on their social media sites.

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I am so sad to announce that Smooshy has passed away. 💔 His little body couldn’t handle whatever it was fighting. It came on very suddenly, as he was playing and having fun late last night. This morning as we took him to the vet, his pink paw pads were white. His tummy was making lots of noise and he was clearly uncomfortable – with labored breathing.

We always hope for the best – but sometimes, there is nothing we can do. Smooshy was loved inside and out and knew happiness, love, and friendship. He loved his sister Monkey with all his heart ❤.

The vet thinks it was a congenital defect with his intestines – as Monkey seems unaffected. We will be closely monitoring her to make sure she is okay. Thank you for your support and loving this little munchkin from afar. ❤🐱❤

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Now, they are doing everything in their power to ensure Monkey does not suffer the same fate. 

So if you would like to donate to Monkey’s eye surgery, please follow the link HERE

We have lowered our goal to just cover Monkey’s medical needs. She is doing well and playing.

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Monkey will likely require cryotherapy and epilation of the hairs poking her in the eye (freezing off the offending hairs) – a $1950 – $2350 procedure (with our 25% of rescue discount). If that is unsuccessful, she will be a candidate for surgical reconstruction of her eye lid.

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Regardless of your ability to donate or not, our support is what they need now too.

Rescue life is tough. It breaks your heart, heals it with every fluffy face, and then breaks it again. But what is most important, is that there are the people in the world helping–and they’ll never stop. 

Please follow their Facebook page for updates on Monkey and all the other animals alive because of their dedication.

REMEMBER: SPAY/NEUTER, FOSTER, VOLUNTEER, TNR & AS ALWAYS, ADOPT, DON’T SHOP!

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Family Cat Perishes From Poisonous Gas In Home When Exterminators Arrive Early To Tent For Termites

Last week, Caroline Stadler of St. Petersburg, Florida was happily preparing to finally exterminate the termites plaguing her home. She contacted the well known company, Terminix and set up an appointment. The actual service would be done by one of their “preferred fumigation service providers”. In preparation for a couple possible appointment dates, they set a lock-box up on her door. Later, plans were confirmed they would be at her home on Monday, April 22nd. The arrival window was set for 3:00 pm. So when she arrived to the home a bit after 1pm, she was shocked at what she saw. They had arrived early, tented her home and began fumigating without confirming the time change. But her belongings and most importantly–her beloved family cat Dahlia–were inside with the poisonous gas.

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None of the workers would help rescue her 10-year-old cat from the deadly trap. 

As Caroline dropped to her knees in front of her home, she sobbed uncontrollably. Neighbors gathered after hearing her screams. They watched with breaking hearts as the Terminix-hired crew refused to help the devastated woman. 

Here are here own words, shared on Facebook with her family and friends.

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For those that want the words from the horse’s mouth:

I had scheduled for Terminix to come on Monday and tent my home last week. We set up the lock box with a house key ahead of time. At the time we weren’t sure if we were going to tent that Thursday or the following Monday. Terminix did not share the code to remove the lockbox. So the lockbox remained there, ready for the tent people.

I had verification that Terminix would be at my house at 3 pm to tent. I’d made arrangements for my cat and I at a local air bnb for the week and was scheduled to work from 7 am to 1 pm. I got a call at 8:30 am that morning saying that the tenting people would be there around 2:30 pm.

Agreeing and receiving confirmation over the phone three time, they confirmed the tenting people would arrive no earlier than 1:00 pm. I received a call at 12:30 but as I was working I did not answer my phone.

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No message was left for me and no attempt was made to call the backup emergency number that was placed in the contract. I drove up to my house at 1:30 pm with my house tented and all my belongings, food, medicine, and cat still inside. I broke down crying and screaming.

[There is] video footage proving that they began the tenting process at noon and arrived around 11:30.

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My neighbors said the PEST people said “it is what it is” when they couldn’t get a hold of me and just continued the tenting process.

They saw the litter box and cat food still out. They saw my almost packed suitcase laying open on my bedroom floor. But since they saw no physical cat they continued. (Newsflash: cats hide around strangers and my cat doesn’t meow!)

While crying and screaming for someone to save my cat I had multiple people call Terminix asking if they could do something, anything. They said there was nothing they could do once the gas was released so no one came.

I sat with my neighbors outside my house for hours trying to get someone to come take the tent down, but no one was willing to. I filed a report with the sheriffs office and department of agriculture and reluctantly retired to my air bnb.

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The next morning PEST came to remove the tent.

I confronted them and broke down, begging them to take my cat out. Once they did I knew the worst had come true–my cat was dead.

And what hurt was that the PEST worker said that if they got the emergency call yesterday from Terminix they could have come out with their equipment to save her.

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I am hurt, grieving, and beyond enraged. All I received were half-hearted apologies and barely any words from Terminix. And this is not okay.  I want #JusticeforDahlia. She was my emotional support animal and one of the best cats I have ever had the privilege to own. She slept with me every night, greeted me at the door when I came home, and curled up with me whenever I sat down. [Dahlia] was my furbaby and will be deeply missed.

Now, still reeling from the ordeal, her friends and family are trying to get answers from Terminix. 

Both her father and sister have left messages on the social media pages, getting generic responses in return. Her father, Rob Stadler shared that Dahlia was an integral part of his daughters life. 

Dahlia was an emotional service cat that helped my daughter’s PTSD from a serious accident caused by a drunk driver.

 

This isn’t the first time that pest control companies, poisonous gas and their hired contractors have been at the center of tragic events

Numerous reports and complaints over the last decade tell sad stories of deceased pets caught in the poisonous gas. These deadly gases linger and can even cause damaging effects after the treatment–to humans and animals.

In regards to this incident, ABC Action News was given this statement.

“We were recently made aware of the incident involving a fumigation at a customer’s home. The safety and satisfaction of our customers is our top priority, and we are looking into the matter internally with our “preferred fumigation service provider,” Drew Black, a Communications Consultant said. 

With her now broken heart, Caroline has vowed that Dahlia’s tragedy will not be forgotten.

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A huge thank you to all of my friends, family, work family, neighbors, and strangers for their condolences and support during this time. I was just notified that my home was cleared for re-entry this morning but emotionally I am not ready to confront the place where Dahlia died just yet. Regardless, it is my home and I will have to return to it. I am very grateful that I have so much love and support around to help me get through this.

Poetry is a form of comfort for me and two poems circulated my head all through yesterday- “Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep” by Mary Frye and “Do Not go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas. The one line that truly resonated with me though was “Do not go gentle into that good night, rage rage against the dying of the light”. I don’t want this story to be brushed away and forgotten. I want this story to be the annoying mosquito in Terminix’s life, always there and reminding them of the tragedy they caused.

This tragedy should be a warning to everyone to take the right precautions whenever pest control and a beloved pet’s paths intersect. And I will not rest until there is #JusticeforDahlia

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REMEMBER: Spay, neuter, foster, volunteer, TNR and as always ADOPT don’t shop!

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