Jaxs and Kim have started a fundraiser for Sophie and her family, it is called “The Rescue of Sophie and Her Family Fund”. We are not asking for a specific amount. This area of the page has been left blank purposely, so that you could fill it in yourself. We feel that if someone wants to donate to the cause, then it should be their decision as to
how much they want to donate, not ours.
Keep in mind that no donation is too small.
Below is all the details about why we are starting this fund, and where all the money will be going. We will also be updating my site on YouTube on a daily basis, and those of you who wish to keep up with us, can either let me know by emailing me back or by subscribing to Kim’s YouTube thread. Also, please feel free to share this story with your family and friends that you think would like to help out or just learn how to help a feral cat in your neighborhood.
THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND LOVE.
And now, on with the reason for the fund….
THE RESCUE OF SOPHIE AND HER FAMILY
For those of you that don’t know what this is or who Sophie is, here are some details.
Sophie is the baby of a feral cat that has been around here since last August.
When Momma Cat first came around, she was skinny, very scrawny and very hungry. She was hungry enough to eat bread that was put out for the birds, and that my animal loving friends is desperately hungry. So we began to put cat food out for her twice a day. Every morning and evening she would show up and have a meal with fresh cool water left out for her.
As the days passed by she brought her first litter over for food on Christmas Day. We named them Tanner and Goldie (some pictures of all of them to follow, along with the first link to the videos in the Rescue of Sophie and her family series). There was a third kitten that came with Goldie and Tanner, but we only saw it three times and we never saw that kitty again. We are sure that one of the neighbors got rid of it because it was probably a girl.
Since we started taking care of Goldie, Tanner, and Momma Cat, only Tanner and Goldie have allowed us to actually get close enough to them to pet and hold them.
Near the end of April of this year, Momma Cat showed us her second litter of 4 babies. When we seen them, they were about a month old already. The 2 older boys, Tanner and Goldie babysat for mom while she went out looking for food and coming over here to eat. When the babies were big enough to climb the tree that is next to the fence, to be able to get to the food dish that we had out there for the bigger cats, we started putting a smaller dish on the ground for them.
About 3 weeks ago, on a Monday morning, we went out to feed the kittens, Goldie, Tanner, and mom. What we saw was Sophie thrashing around hurt. I threw an old shirt over her, brought her in the house, and have been taking care of her since.
We started giving her ZeoForce, as Jaxs thought she may have been poisoned. This seems to have been the case, as she has gotten much better since we started her on it. When we first found her, she couldn’t even lift her head up to drink any water. We had to feed and water her with an eyedropper for her to get nutrition. She was the very first of the kittens, or the leader, to come into the yard and actually eat. All of the rest of the babies followed her.
Since she has been gone, Fluffy has taken over her spot. We are not sure right now if the other 3 are female or male, but will find out soon.
We have the help of a friend of Jaxs’ from the Washington DC area that is helping with the cost of getting all 7 of the cats/kittens spayed/neutered, their shots, and checked for feline leukemia/aids.
We now have appointments for the 4 babies for next week Tuesday, and for the older boys the following Tuesday. They will all have papers, their rabies tags, their ear tipped so that they won’t be killed by animal control, and tested as Momma was yesterday.
All this fund is for, is the help in being able to get their food and necessities, on top of what Jaxs’ friend is paying for.
Jaxs and Kim both appreciate all of the help that his friend is giving us, and wish that there were some way to show her our appreciation for it. We feel that by doing the fund for the cats is the best way to show her that we intend to keep up with their care.
In the back yard, where the Momma Cat, Goldie, Tanner, and the 3 babies are, we have what started out as a chicken coop. After Sophie was poisoned, we turned it into a Cat Playpen (will put pictures of it as well here). The playpen is 7′ wide x 10′ long x 6′ high in the front x 4′ high in the back, and the reason for the front being higher than the back is that we put a partial second floor in for them to play around. They have toys, watering dishes, and food dishes along with plants and a couple of places to lay on carpet all inside the playpen. On the back part there are 2 pieces of plywood for them to lay on when they are not inside the playpen. Right now, until Momma has healed from her surgery, the two older boys are outside of the playpen, but stick very close to it. On the very top of the playpen is a sheet covering the chicken wire, and Goldie and Tanner just love to sleep up there and get the breezes from the tree above them.
When it comes to animal rescue, Jaxs is no stranger to it. He started at age 5, and has done this for 47 years. He intends to follow through with these cats as he did once with a Cormorant, that I took part with, whose videos are also on my YouTube pages.
By doing this, we are literally saving the lives of these 7 cats. We are giving them a safe place to come to with food, shelter, and toys that they can enjoy. Six of the 7 will be released back into the outdoors once they are healed, but Sophie will remain a house cat now. She has adjusted to this very well, though she still has what I call “bobble head” syndrome from being poisoned. You can see better what I mean about the bobble head syndrome when watching the videos of her.
Now, here is a list of images of all of the cats, and the link to the very first video of Sophie.
And finally, the link to the very first video in the series of our rescue mission.