I know you've all been waiting for pictures of the Cats at the VSPCA and the wait is over! Jump for joy!
Among these donations were dozens of colorful, handmade pockets of catnip that my friend Claudine put together for the kitties in India. Here is Sarada, the shelter manager for all the small animals of the VSPCA, getting ready to give the cats the catnip toys!
Having never had much interaction with cats, I wasn't quite sure how to play with them. I discovered that it isn't very hard, even a dog person can figure it out!
These lovely cats have been found in horrific places: in garbage cans; in bags thrown into the sewers that run alongside the streets; some even have been carried out to the beach in the city runoff and were rescued just short of drowning in the ocean. These kittens make their way to the VSPCA shelter only if some kindhearted person overhears their meowing calls for help, someone who knows these sounds shouldn't be coming from these places, and cares enough to call the VSPCA.
Sarada bottle-fed these kittens with specially-donated glass bottles from the US. These bottles had tiny little nipples so the tiny little kittens, some so small they didn't even have hair yet, could be nourished into life.
Now these cats have a wonderful life in their beautiful jungle gym home, with toys and lots of love.
Step One: Contemplating the human.
High Five to Everybody who gave me supplies for the Indian animals (and from the VSPCA cats and for the photos in this post of cats leaping into the air, special thanks to Claudine and Shelly!)