We have had great help from our supporters and many of our adopters have become part of the HART team. So some good news to report is that by August of this year we have already rescued more animals than all of 2012. We are only 25 alters behind on our goal of 10 a month. Its a very small goal but for a small rescue its a great big obstacle. We have had several big surgeries this year and taking in seniors always puts a big dent in our checking account with dentals, tooth extractions and any underlying medical problems to clear up. Our foster homes have been amazing and incredibly supportive. Located in three different states, they have been there to meet transports, take animals to the vet, meet potential adopters, and are always very good about giving us their impressions of the families that want to give our beloved rescues forever homes. Even the kids in the foster homes get involved and offer our rescues a wonderful benefit..the love of children and the greater opportunity to be rehomed because they are used to children.
We are also so grateful for our multiple vets in multiple states. Best Friends Veterinary hospital in Crossville Tennessee, Upper Cumberland Veterinary Clinic in Crossville Tennessee, and Fredon Animal Hospital in Fredon New Jersey. They treat our rescues as well as they treat all of their clients. They dont skimp on the love and care just because they are "rescues" each one gets all of the love and attention they give their own babies. That is what we want for these displaced babies. Vetting gets expensive, just maintenance on rescues that might not get adopted as quickly runs into the hundreds. Kittens come out of the shelter with colds and we battle them down. They get vaccines, deworming (every two weeks!) and then there is the flea dilemma! Kittens cant get the flea treatments until they reach a certain age, but they always come out of the shelter with fleas. So they get bathed and bathed...and bathed.....annnnd bathed. Sometimes after all of the efforts of keeping them flea free, they go on transport and pick up fleas from another rescued animal. These are just the facts of rescue life.
So this is why i have not been as chatty in the blog. I have been up to my ears in snotty kittens, flea bitten critters and a great deal of telling my fosters "Its going to be okay. We've got you"