Pawing it forward- Being in a Pickle


Well as part of Savvy’s I would like to tell a story of rescue that I was called in to do.

Nearly nine years ago I was a volunteer at a no kill shelter called Victorian Animal Aid..i used to foster kittens..mums and newborns and kittens who were orphaned..either by loss of a mother or being dumped as rubbish.
These sweet darlings I would bottle feed..wipe their bottoms to encourage them to toilet and wash and dry them to prevent scald from urine.
This involved waking every three or four hours to tiny little hungry mouths..
If mums were with the bubs it meant letting mum have a break every now and then,as often these poor mums were not in good health or only babes themselves.some mum’s could not cope and they went back to a different foster to fatten up and get healthy while I looked after the bubs..sounds mean, but often these mums walked away from the babies and were not actively feeding or cleaning them.
I also spent time at the shelter, cleaning cages,playing with senior cats, or in the isolation ward tending the sick cats and kittens (this is how I adopted Dinnermintz)
So I received a call from the shelters Cattery manager Lyn, she asked me if I would meet the police at an address not far from where I lived as a woman had been taken in to mental health care and the house was filled with cats and kittens…urghhhh I knew this was going to be hard!

Hoarding is a terrible illness..and one that has far ranging effects, not the least the poor animals involved.
So armed with food I went down,i was met by the police who handed me a key and stood outside..
The entire front yard was swept bare just dust..and the smell from even the car was evident..the police would not come inside..in I went.
Horror..the smell was pure sulphur..it was pitch black (this was in the height of summer)there was no power.
My eyes adjusted slowly and the sounds of scurrying animals everywhere..i could make out buckets of dirt everywhere which were being used as litter trays..they were full of stench.Eyes were peering out from under rubbish and on top of who knows what was in there.
So I set about trying to get some feed down..my heart was breaking…there were two cages with birds in the kitchen and several bbq’s in there crammed in..where to start..
So I left..i rang the shelter and said to Lyn we need to get traps and get these cats out now! so in a period of about a week..after pleading with a larger shelter for help and getting nowhere our (little shelter was at capacity) eventually we started trying to trap some..most were almost insane with feral behaviour climbing curtains throwing themselves at windows..it was so distressing…
By now I had already been feeding them regularly,bringing in water and trays of litter some would shyly approach now but then scatter..the windows were boarded up so I could not let any light in.I worried that they all got food as I could never see who was eating and who wasn’t.
This one day I went down with my son…as we set about feeding them we heard a sound..a faint meow..we tried to see where it was coming from as it sounded stressed..a large dining room table had been placed with the top against the wall, my son moved it and down in between the wall and the table was a wee kitten..
We pulled the kitten out..and when I popped it on the floor it’s back legs splayed out and it was paralysed, it’s little head was badly misshapen..that was it I finally lost my cool..
We grabbed it up and left..poor little mite was being held by my son and it could not see..the light was too bright it had been born and lived in darkness.
I went to the Police station informed them I had removed the kitten and was going to my vet.
My vet Dr Findlay saw the kitten straight away..Sub Q fluids and I took it home.
When I rang Phil he said the kitten stays! which I had already decided πŸ˜‰
This kitten I called Pickles..she was in a Pickle..
She has never really grown very big but has had a heart bigger than the world.
And now ,most likey due to her situation and the condition of her mother we have been told she most likely has FIV..would I have taken her in if I had known this then..YES..why..because it was the right thing to do for her..you see whatever happens down the track..whatever outcomes we have to face..our lives have been better for having our sweet girl in them..every animal deserves to feel loved and safe,fed and content and I could not ever guarantee that anyone else would give to this poor little sweetheart the life I knew I could.
Pickles is asleep on top of the couch tonight, tummy full,friends next to her,warm and cosy..she has played all day she has laid in the sun and she knows she is safe isn’t that what we all need ?
Thanks Savannah for allowing us to join your paw it forward blog hop..let’s all be aware of those who need us..

PICKLES

PICKLES

90 thoughts on “Pawing it forward- Being in a Pickle

  1. My tears are running when I imagine the horror you saw in the house of this hoarder… and I’m so glad you gave Pickles the best furever home ever. It’s so sad that in so much cases where hoarders are involved the helpers come too late for the poor animals. I’m glad you where there at the right moment to find Pickles under this table…

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    • Thank you so much my sweet..indeed I still cry when I remember the house of horrors..many escaped when her daughter came and let them out before we could trap them..all undesexed possibly ill..beyond belief..but my greatest reward was sweet little Pickles..i am glad I found her too..and just in time..:)

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  2. We always hear about the bad people who mistreat animals but, I think, far more people care about them and some, like yourself, are humanities shining light. I’ve never met you in person Bev, but I know that you would be someone I would get along well with.

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  3. What a sad story, yet happy for the fact that it brought you and Pickles together. Bless you for what you did, Bev, I can only imagine how difficult that was. I don’t think I could ever do what you did going in there. xxoo

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    • Jan it was pretty awful…sadly a certain very well known rescue refused to go! and so we stepped up,…they had not eaten for days..no water house was hit as hades.. I dreaded walking in but i had to..just knowing what was inside was what made me go..i am so lucky that I have Pickles..she was badly dehydrated and had her skull crushed..and bless her when I bought her home from the vet I popped her int he cool bathroom in a little bed and she ate and drank and purred her little heart out…she was my gift for being there..you may surprise yourself at what you can do when the time comes..thankyou for your lovely words πŸ™‚ Bev xxxx

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  4. Hoarding is horrible and we so feel for you desperately trying to help those in need. Loved that Pickles got out of a pickle and ended up in such a loved home. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    • Thank you Molly..it is indeed a hideous thing hoarding..and at least we saved some..a small win maybe but a win none the less…have a great day sweet Molly ..loves Fozziemum xx

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    • Mine too Genevieve..such a sad and tragic existence..beyond my comprehension really..Pickles was lucky..but then so are we πŸ™‚ thankyou for your lovely words Hugs Bev xx

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    • M.K we are the lucky ones πŸ™‚ she has been a wonderful kitty for the last 9 years…and she is a very lucky girl indeed….thank you for your kind words πŸ™‚ hugs Bev xx

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  5. Oh goodness Bev! Your heart must have shattered into a thousand pieces walking into that house. I cannot even imagine!! I’m so sorry Pickles (and the others ofc) is poorly but she is also so blessed to have a wonderful, loving mummy now to see her through!
    Hugs, Carrie and Pups x

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    • Carrie thankyou…sorry for the late reply..been hectic here and really popped on to do the blog for Savvy’s paw it forward..yes it was revolting..a sight no one should see..or smell or hear..Pickles is in great health despite recent tests telling us she will be ill one day..until then..we love her like always..and hope she stays well for a long time to come πŸ™‚ Hugs and loves Bev xx

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  6. Such an incredibly sad story and we all know these scenes are played out all over the world every day of the year but not necessarily with such positive results…..Pickles was one very lucky little thing that day for you to have found her in all that mess……it’s heartbreaking knowing that some animals NEVER know love and safety but Pickles has known that and “then some” thanks to you and your family Bev. Your efforts in rescue are wonderful…..everyone who has a tale to tell are angels.

    Hugs, Pam

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    • Pam thankyou..i think we all would do the same if we had too..she was lucky..very lucky..and if I focus on that and the nes we did get out then I can tell myself we did the best we could..it is a world wide problem and such a tragic existence…hugs and loves Bev xxx

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    • Rachel thankyou.no hero just human..i think most people would do the same…and please wish Speedy a late happy birthday I am so behind and feel awful….so huge hugs to him from all of us πŸ™‚ Loves Bev xxx

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  7. What a tale! How on earth could anyone imagine that hurting cats is justified. I know hoarding is a mental illness, but still.. Our hearts went out to all the animals in such a predicament. Our eyes are leaking cause we hate to hear or see any abuse but it happens, sadly. Thank heavens you got Pickles out of the ordeal. She is happy now in spite of perhaps having FIV.

    Kisses,

    All of us

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    • Thanks sweet ones…this woman would not have intended to hurt them just very sick and therefore unable to do what was best for them..my eyes get leaky when I remember too..it was not very nice and broke my heart on many levels..Pickles is healthy and happy and we will take each day as it comes..she has the best vets and we are taking good care of her..we owe her the best πŸ™‚ Loves and hugs Fozziemum xx

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  8. I always knew you were a great person! (Pst… just so ya know: People do come to our home and I ask every last one of them to be completely honest about the hygiene. I am pleased to report we have no deficiencies and the same people keep returning!)

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    • Same here..always worry that the house smells like cats and dogs but no..people actually say they would not know we had four cats and two dogs ..they obviously can’t see the fur on their clothes…we did have the ranger out to check on things when we got the permit for having four cats..she came in took one look at the girls sprawled out everywhere and just said..”nup no problem here at all” πŸ™‚ I agree..i like it here too πŸ™‚

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  9. Yep, that’s what I call Paw It Forward action for sure Miss Bev. I did not know my Aussie gal pal Pickles was from a hoarding situation. How old is Pickles of I may ask…if she prefers not to share, that’s OK. We ladycats do like to keep some things private …paw pats, Savvy

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    • Savvy she is 9 years old in January..and was only about 7 weeks when i found her..she is happy to tell her age as she knows every day is one she almost did not have .loves Miss Bev xx

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  10. What a desperately sad and moving story, Bev. It breaks my heart to read about such a situation. I know people start with the best intentions and want to save every cat they see – and then it quickly gets out of hand. You are truly amazing to head into the house with food and water – and to rescue your beautiful Pickles. What a gorgeous-coloured kitty. We all need to hear these stories to remind us all to do our bit when it comes to animal welfare – even if it’s just donating food to shelters or organisations like the one you were a vital part of. Your last sentence really says it all for me: “let’s all be aware of those who need us.” Thanks for sharing this, Bev. xoxox

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    • Thank you Dani…it was horrid but I got my girl out safely…the plice rang weeks later and said the woman wanted her cats back..i told them to contact the RSPCA who eventually helped albeit reluctantly to tka some of the cats and kittens we trapped..no way was Pickles going back..we sad she had died…sometimes you have to do what is best for the animal and clearly this woman was going to be a habitual hoarder..she is beautiful and has the sweetest demeanour πŸ™‚ hugs to you and thankyou for your lovely words πŸ™‚ Bev xxx

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  11. Oh Pickles! I didn’t knows your story, and now my heart is so filled with happiness for you, because two angels found you and brought you back to life. There are a couple of ‘reality shows’ here in the states that are all about hoarders, and Ma used to watch them every once in a while (if only to say, see, my house isn’t THAT bad!! ☺), butts she could never watch any episode that had animals. It just broke her heart too much, and made her physically ill. God Bless those who go in and help. True angels on earth.
    Ma is giving me extra hugs tonight in Pickles honor β™₯
    Kisses,
    Ruby β™₯

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    • Aww Ruby..i am the same..those shows are really quite awful when there are animals involved..i can’t watch either as it does my teeny tiny mind in..and I am glad mum is giving you and extra cuddles πŸ™‚ Pickles is also pretty happy with that idea too πŸ™‚ Loves and hugs Fozziemum xx ❀ ❀

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  12. This is the first time I’ve visited your blog and I’m sitting here with tears streaming down my cheeks. Both from the horror and heartbreak of such a tragic and dire situation and from the pure love and joy that is Pickles. God bless you for the work you do. And God bless those sweet souls, victims of hoarding situations, abandonment and abuse that need us so very much.

    Your words and Pickles’ story will stay with me for a very long time.
    xo

    ~Glogirly

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely words..Glogirly and Katie…I have been away from this for awhile as I needed to get my head straight from some of the nasty things I saw..i miss fostering though and now with Pickles possibly facing some health issues I need to concentrate on her..but always when I can help I do..nothing is more disturbing than hoarding…and I will never forget that sight as long as I live…thankyou so much for the visit and lovely words again..Pickles is a very happy nearly 9 year old girl..with three feline girls here to keep her entertained and I am sure she would thank you to and say not to cry..most of the kitties were saved but sadly he rest I don’t know…Hugs and loves Fozziemum

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  13. What a heartbreaking story for all those kitties- every now & then I hear on the news of similar situations- what a wonderful person you are Bev to have braved going into that home. Pickles was rescued by your enormous heart from her pickle and will continue to reap the benefits of your love ❀

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  14. What an amazing story. I don’t understand hoarders–I do know the aftermath with the poor animals trapped in this environment is horrific. But there are people, like you, who do what’s right and sometimes there’s an outcome like Pickles. Thanks for what you did.

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    • Thank you Sage..yes I don’t understand either..it is an illness but ths does not take away from the horror of what these poor animals suffer…I am so glad we got Pickles and love her to bits..every day πŸ™‚ hugs Fozziemum xx

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  15. That’s such a powerful and very moving story. I am thankful it brought you and Pickles together, but what a tragedy this is — as is the case with hoarding situations. We have seen them first hand, and it is always heartbreaking. Thank you for what you do, Bev.

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    • Indeed it is heart breaking isn’t it…if only people could see how bad they were..maybe they would help these people before it got out of hand…the neighbours know..they have to..and surely there is more than one way to deal with it..i have fostered for awhile..we moved and since then I have been having a break..getting things safe here for our babies taking all our time..i am so glad I have my Pickles..she is a darling girl and safe and happy..which is all that matters:) Hugs Bev xx

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  17. Oh my gosh, I just can’t imagine going into a place like this and finding what you knew you would find. I am so sad for these poor animals and so sickened that things like this happen. You are truly their savior and Pickles couldn’t be luckier than to be with you.

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  18. aaww – you have us bawling here my sweet dear friend. What an angel you are to Pickles and all of the sweet little anipals out there that need help. Hoarding is a horrible issue. We’ve recently had a case here locally that just melted our hearts. You are wonderful! XOXO – Bacon

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      • It just touched my heart so much my dear friend. Some people can be so heartless and anipals touch all of our hearts here at the Hotel Thompson. I mean hey – we got a mini pet zoo going on here ourselves – 2 cats, 1 puppy, 1 piggy, goldfish and a partridge and a pear tree – snorts. XOXO – Bacon

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  19. Bev…I can’t even begin to imagine…the trauma the poor cats went thru and the roller coaster of emotions you felt…..I don’t know whether to rejoice in that you found pickles or curse the situation she found her self in. I hope the individual that did this got the needed help; it’s a sad sad story no matter the perspective……laura β™₯

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    • Laura I am so glad for Pickles..but still get so angry for how I got her..the family did nothing to help this woman..and I am sure she was straight back to it as she felt it was her right..undesexed,not vetted or vacc’d,not cared for..not to mention the goats in the backyard…horrid…sad on many fronts..but for me my heart will always go to the animals..who have no say..yes you may be ill but you can refuse help the poor animals get no such option…Love Bev ❀ ❀

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  20. Crikey Bev I am blubbering like a baby here! Even tho’ I know Pickles story I always cry when I re-read it….you are an Angel & so are your family for helping all those poor cats & kittens.
    I have enver gone into a situation like this but I know I would be doing jsut what you did.
    4 leggeds only want to be loved & cared for….they should not have to live in such squalid conditions…
    Thank you for sharing Pickles story ❀
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue x0x0x0

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    • I agree,….it is a tragedy that happens all too often..hidden usually and secretive…Pckles however is proof that sometimes an outcome is wonderful..even one life saved is a life of worth..Love Bev xx<3 ❀

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  21. In Judaism we believe when we save a life; we save a world. Conversely if we lose a life, we lose a world…..
    I made a pact with myself to only focus on good outcomes this year…I see far too many sad stories on FB & other sites & it really messes my head up…
    Pickles is one lucky girl to have been found by you πŸ˜‰
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue

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  22. I hear you Bev. I do not know how Renee & Todd here do this day in & day out w/out losing the plot!!! I would be in a padded room by now. Even helping with the rivercats uspets me. Especially when we can not trap them to help them…..I’ll leave it at that….
    We are lucky to have our fur angels tho’…
    Love Sherri-Ellen xxx

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  23. It sure does Bev. I think one has to remain somewhat aloof from what is going on. I wear heart on sleeve & take things hard. I invest in the animals…maybe when one does it on a grander scale it is easier???
    All I know is that I feel 4 leggeds sadness & hunger & pain.
    Last nite Juno from 13th Street showed up here for food & a kind word. I called his owner & neither she or her 3 children were home & no one returned my call. It was raining again so I hope Juno got home safely & back inside…pisses me off when people are neglectful…….grrr…….
    See there I go again!
    Love S-E. x0x0x0

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    • Me too ..damn some people..i wear my heart in my sleeve too..and i was able to help even though it took a toll..i lost all joy at humans..in fact became almost exclusively intolerant of every human and very bitter..Pickles was not the final straw..it was another case..and they piled on and on with the case of sadness and cruelty..you cannot help when you are a mess…Love Bev xxxx

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  24. Damn some humans is correct!!! I called Juno’s owner again tonite & still no answer…I put cat food & milk out so we shall see if Juno shows up or the Dynamic Duo….lol…
    I have lost ALOT of faith in so called humanity too. However coming here to WP restored some of my faith…we see so much of the bad things happening & FB is plastered with heart wrenching stories & so many Shelters overcrowded.
    I like to focus on success stories; I know you understand what I mean πŸ˜‰
    Do not lose all hope; some of us are ‘guud onez’ as Nylablue would say.
    Love S-E. x0x0

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  25. I’m so choked up….Pickles is beautiful:) So very sweet…I would have done the same thing for sure…I am so thankful that you rescued her:) I feel animals pain as well and it makes me sick to see abuse and neglect like no big deal…it drives me crazy. God made the animals first so hello humanity…bad humans grieve God’s heart in the awful awful things that they do to any animal. Animals have feeling and they can think better than most humans…and I could go on and on…it breaks my heart to hear awful stories of a poor animal suffering in the ways that you have seen. I commit to an animal as growing up on a ranch, that is what you do…I learned early on if I was going to have a pet or a horse I was responsible for caring for that animal and I try hard to do that. They just love us and we need to love them back and take care of every one of their needs!!! I’m so happy that Pickles is with you:) She is a Blessing Girl:)

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    • Thankyou so much for the lovely words..i totally agree family is for life…animal or human no different I have seen things that have left me scarred but I always know wonderful people will be there when needs be:) right now I have just come in from cleaning the pool.so I am sitting in my bathers and Pickles is trying to make bread on my bare legs! ..I don’t care she is my little miracle girl and a few ouchies are worth it! I too am so happy I have my little Pickles πŸ™‚ xx

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