Monday, March 05, 2012

Twitter for Critters

it is hard to remember to make time to keep all our websites up to date, but occasionally I use my Twitter account, so feel free to follow my Tweets and enjoy the banter about cat rescue!/katsonyaSCARS

Don't forget we have a YouTube account too! Surf on over and check out our silly cat videos here

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Monday, February 13, 2012

SCAPA Sanctuary: What To Do In An Emergency Situation

SCAPA Sanctuary: What To Do In An Emergency Situation: On Saturday Morning (Feb. 11th) SCAPA got an emergency call regarding a cat who was believed to have both legs broken. This cat had spent al...

Friday, February 10, 2012

Gilly's Gab!!: Time to Pay it Forward!!!!

Gilly's Gab!!: Time to Pay it Forward!!!!: Seeing that it is now Hockey Day in Canada I thought it was the perfect time to get another blog up right away... and I believe it is necess...

Thursday, March 03, 2011

dentists are expensive, for pets too!

I have had a number of rescued cats this year who required dental work. Life as a stray on the rough streets is not pretty, ekeing out a miserable existence foraging for food. and fighting off predators.
You know what it is like to have a tooth-ache. Well, imagine you are a cat and what it's like having many broken or missing teeth, and you have to try to bite frozen food from a dumpster in the wintertime at 30 degrees below zero (Celsuis, that is). Then imagine having an abscessed jaw and it hurts too much to eat anymore; you have a raging infection and a high fever, and you just want to die.
Suddenly, a human traps you and whisks you off to a strange environment (you hear them call it a vet's office). You get knocked out cold with drugs, and when you wake up your mouth feels different. Still some pain, yes, from the extractions, but no longer do you feel that throbbing pain that kills the will to live.
You are taken into a warm room to heal, being fed soft healthy food every day, as much as you want, never hungry again. In the days that follow, your pain disappears as the anitbiotics help your heal, and the human gives you plenty of love.

So I started this post with the intent to ramble and complain about the price of having a dental surgery done for the cats we recue, but as I wrote from the cat's prespective, I realized how very valuable this service is and it is worth every penny!
I am sure if the cats could talk, they would thank you for donating to take away their pain. Dentists are important for everyone! People and pets too.

So enjoy the pictures of some of the cats who have had dentistry surgery this year!

Felix was in hard shape when we got him, but later when his teeth wre cleaned and extracted, he felt much better!

Then there was Lefty, a battered white fellow from our Superstore colony

Friday, November 26, 2010

Me and my dogs in Halifax, Nova Scotia: I've been watching television

Me and my dogs in Halifax, Nova Scotia: I've been watching television

This is a good question - why is the Homeward Bound City Pound not accountable to the public for their business? If it is a contract paid by taxpayer dollars, we should be allowed to know how many animals they take in, how many are euthanized, and how cats without critical injuries are somehow miraculously appearing at the Pound, when the HRM Animal Control contract is clear about only accepting cats with critical injuries. When I recently made an inquiry about the adoptable kittens at HBCP and asked HRM to tell me why these kittens were lucky enough to make it to the pound, they told me I would have to submit a FOIPOP request to gain access to that information. See the email chain below:

From: Andrea MacDonald []
To: Sonya
Cc: Jackie Barkhouse
Sent: Thu 07/10/2010 9:51 AM
Subject: Re: FW: Pet Inquiry: Autumn PFId

Ms. Higgins,

Further to your request regarding this situation, you are required to submit a FOIPOP request.

The following is the URL that will assist you with your request:


>>> Sonya 10/6/2010 8:30 pm >>>

I had emailed the pound when I saw a picture of a cute adoptable kitten on their website, wondering how the kitten ended up in their care.

HRM By-Law states that the ONLY cats to be picked up are either critically injured or already deceased.

So if this kitten and her littermates were not critically injured, how and why were they picked up by Animal Services? What did the citizen in question have to do to convince Animal Services to pick up these cats? Why is it a different answer for all the other residents of HRM who ask Animal Services to come pick up other stray/injured cats?

I really want to know the specifics on this case. Who do I have to ask?
Would I need to submit an ATIP or FOIPOP request to get the truth on this situation?

Sonya Higgins
Cat rescuer extraordinaire

From: Adoption Homeward Bound City Pound []
Sent: October-06-10 5:55 PM
To: Sonya
Subject: Re: Pet Inquiry: Autumn PFId


Autumn and her siblings did not have any critical injuries when they came in. They were an Animal Services case through Halifax Regional Police that we took in. We do not accept any amimals apart from what Animal Services brings us.

Thank you

----- Original Message -----

From: Sonya
Sent: Saturday, October 02, 2010 1:24 PM
Subject: Pet Inquiry: Autumn PFId

What type of critical injury did this kitten have? How and why did it end up at the Home ward Bound City Pound? Do you accept cats apart from what HRM mandates?

Sonya Higgins
Chairman/Director, "Healing Animal SCARS - Sonya's Cat & Animal Rescue Society"