Meet Miss Lady Jackson & Harvey, Pals extraordinary. Both cats rescued by the ACS ( amongst the many many others) and rehomed to a wonderful new home. They are neutered and micro chipped, wormed and flea treated.. in short.. the works. This is another Rags to Riches story with a Happy Ending. Way to go guys !
Cruelty takes no break !
Look at the photo's. No, you can't see them all, the box isn't big enough. There are TEN (10) of them. Here is their Story: A lovely lady, walking her dog on a beach near Kinsale heard strange crying noises. Upon investigation she found a box, on the beach, close to the waterline. The box contained 10 kittens, some with their eyes still blue. They appeared to be from two different litters. If you are an Irish reader of this website, you will know that the weather has been bitterly cold here.
WHO IN GOD's NAME put them there ??? What did this "person" think ? What did he hope for, Death by Starvation ? Death by Hypothermia ? Death by Drowning ? One thing is clear as crystal: They were not meant to live. The air temperature was way below zero degrees and a small kitten will not last long. Our wonderful lady, we call her Maggie, took them home and called us for help and advice. That act from a kind and compassionate real human being is saving their lives. To the "being" that put them there to die we say: May be done onto you, as you had done to them.
To Maggie we simply say this:
But 2009 also brought out the best in people. See the courage and bravery displayed by ordinary humans who risked their own lives to save our animals.
See this link: https://www.animalcaresociety.ie/success_stories.htm#press1
From all of us in the Cork ACS, we wish you a Peaceful Christmas, may your Happiness be extended to all the Animals who will cross your path.
The story you are about to read was written on our request by Clare Meade of the Cat Hospital in Glanmire (Cork). It is a story of where our hearts overruled our minds. Please do not ask why, we have no answer. Logic dictated that Karl should have been put down the minute he came in. Our hearts decided otherwise. Read the story and choose for yourself. Cold logic, or deep compassion. You decide.
The Cat Hospital started working with the Animal Care Society in June of this year. We have seen many cats pass through the hands of the rescue, fostering and re homing teams at the Animal Care Society. The care and dedication shown by the volunteers at the animal care society is extraordinary. There is virtually no limit to what the people at the Animal Care Society will do to rescue an animal in distress. Finding good loving homes for these animals can sometimes be a challenge especially when they are no longer young and cute.
One very memorable patient was Odin. Odin was rescued by a young lady in Kent train station in Cork city. Returning from trip to Dublin she spotted a thin, elderly and miserable looking cat on the platform ...just sitting there as all the other commuters rushed past. Luckily for Odin she did not rush past, she picked him up and took him home to her apartment. Once she got him home and fed she contacted the Animal Care Society to help her as she had a dog herself and a cat who was none too happy about the new arrival!
The Animal Care Society offered to help her and advised to bring Odin to The Cat Hospital for assessment. Odin arrived in with his rescuer early one morning and Lesley the Nurse and I saw a pathetic little soul. He was a product of years spent fending for himself on the streets of Cork. His right eye was permanently disfigured (hence his name Odin, he was stiff and lame and he had fleas, lice, ear mites and a severe ringworm infection!! He was a full Tom cat of advanced years and as we expected when we tested him for feline AIDS, sadly it was positive.
Things did not look good for Odin – a homeless, old, aids infected cat. Once again Odin was a lucky boy, The Animal Care Society were determined that he would have a shot at a better life. Albert instructed me to make sure that Odin get the best of treatment for his many and varied ailments. Odin lived here at The Cat Hospital for over three weeks as we built up his strength so he could withstand the anaesthetic required to neuter him while Albert and the team worked hard to find that one special person who could offer Odin a loving home to enjoy his remaining years.
While Odin was here everyone would comment on his extraordinary personality. Odin has a presence and confidence we rarely see in street cats. He loves company and would tolerate any veterinary intervention (even ear cleaning) just to get an opportunity to be with people. He enjoyed his food enormously and I don’t think he will ever believe that the food is going to keep coming. He celebrated the arrival of every meal as if it would be his last! He was tolerant toward other cats and curious about everything around him.
Trying to convey this to a potential owner is so difficult especially when the cat also has so many problems. With plenty of perseverance eventually Odin’s soul mate was found. Two weeks ago Odin moved into his new home. He came back to visit us this morning and he is unrecognisable. He has a beautiful glossy coat and he has gained 25% of his body weight – weighing in at a healthy 5kg. He still has his remarkable confidence and love of people, but at last he can give all that love to one very special person ....and get that love back.
If Odin could talk he would say a huge thank you to The Animal Care Society for giving him an opportunity to see what life is like ‘on the other side of the tracks’!
Clare Meade, The Cat Hospital, Glanmire, Cork
The ACS received an email on Sunday, saying that cats and/or kittens could be heard piteously meowing. The meowing seemed to come from a building which many months previously had been gutted by fire. Our lead volunteer immediately went down to scene but could not gain access. She tried to push food thru a tiny 1 inch gap in the door. Working with the Garda and the building's owner we were able to gain access to the building the next day. A scene of utter devastation greeted our volunteers. Moving around in the dark building had to be done with extreme caution as the floors, or what remained, where extremely dangerous and likely to give way under their weight at any time. Water was still leaking from broken pipes, broken glass everywhere and a smell which made you want to throw up. The photo's show you some of the better parts of the building. Several areas were considered too dangerous to go into but one of our team did so, risking his own life to check them out.
Our volunteers saw dreadful things and we decided not to put these on this website. This is the ACS website and not some House of Horror place. We only show you a rectangle and a crossed diagonal with the words inside it. We wish to acknowledge the work of these volunteers who risked their own lives to try and save others. They are exceptional people and no praise can do them justice. They live their lives in our very own words: Their Lives... Our Passion. We are still working in the building and will do all that is in our power to save what we can. No, we cannot help everyone, and save every life. But there is no shame in failure. The shame lies in not having tried.
Small kitten found alive in this hell - we have named Helena. Pictured above is Helena in the hands of Clare Meade, the wonderful vet from the cat hospital in Glanmire.
We have just found a second survivor - a tiny kitten we have named Polly Pocket . Estimated at about 10 days, Polly pocket seemed an appropriate name since Anne had to carry her out of the building in her pocket due to her hands being full! Pictured above is Polly Pocket in the hands of Anne of the ACS.
The following report is just in from Anne at ACS
"I went back this evening and was greeted with the following kittens. Their eyes are sunken andthey have a gaunt look about them. I have cleaned them up the best I could and have given them a feed, they were covered in there own toilet and some of the food that I had been leaving down all 4 are huddled together. They are so hungry, I have given them 10mls each of kitten milk. They would take more if it was offered but I do not want to over load them. They are not even meowing they are so weak.
I hope help did not come too late for them. I will keep them warm and feed them little and often, and pray like hell. Please tell me why little kittens have to suffer like this. I shutter to think if the ACS ever folds how many of these little lives will be lost."
Remember Helena ? See STOP Press. Well have a long hard look. Yes, it is her, with her friend Sooshi. Unbelievable ? Well, the picture does not lie. She was adopted by Emma and her husband last week. Words fail us. Just look at the pictures from where she came. Now look at the picture of where she is. Can you imagine ? Can you really ? Emma, we cannot thank you enough for taking her. Emma and her Husband are captured in 4 words: Helena’s Life...Their Passion.
We leave you with these words of St. Francis, the Patron Saint of Animals:"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." - St. Francis of Assisi
I am proud and none of you will ever truly know. A team of the most wonderful people made this happen. Our Anne who helped coordinate, jennie who nearly threw up when she found that she had to go into basket, Pat and Brian of Murphy Crane Hire, Michelle and her husband Greg and Greg's Dad Dennis. Shaun of Clonakillty Tool Hire who offered his 54 foot "cherry picker" and pulled it off a local building site to help me, but sadly it was nowhere near high enough. The local police (officer Eamon) who helped to close the road, and the bystanders who applauded when 8 of 9 was in his basket.
To them I say: God bless you for you were humans who proudly too wear our accolade: Their Lives...Our Passion.
All photos to be credit to Ger O'Sullivan who took them and credit to him and his wife Michelle and Dad Dennis for going on air. As they say.. the rest is history.
I'm Louie, how do you do ? My story... I'm not sure.. really ! I was found by an ACS member near Blarney..., with a small plate of food next to me. That wonderful lady who picked me had seen me at edge of the road.
I was riddled with fleas... can they bite ! and full of mange. But... that did not stop her. She took me home, gave me hug and told me that my life would never be the same again. Boy, was she right ! Good food, a warm bed and companionship from her dogs and all the love, hugs and cuddles I can handle. The ACS? in my own words ? There ain't no better crowd!
Hi There, glad to meet you. Yes, my name is Skippy ( The ACS folks called me Very Very Lucky Skippy ! ). Here is my story: A lovely ACS volunteer (
Nathalie) , during their recent Cork City street collection saw me dicing with death (Traffic) on Patrick's Bridge in the middle of the city !
Nathalie, our volunteer, quickly snatched me away from in front of a bus and took me down to the ACS ambulance which was parked in the middle of Patrick street.
The ACS folks gave me the most delicious doggie food sachets to eat and water to drink and to show my gratitude, I helped them with their street collection ! A nice ACS fosterer called Liz took me home that night while the ACS started to search for my owner. A few days later, that was achieved but my owner said that she preferred not to have me back as she could not look after me. So... the search for my forever home started and yet again my luck held, a lovely lovely Lady called Noreen adopted me ! I can't make up my mind now, should I be called Lucky ? or Skippy ? Or perhaps best of all ?
Lucky Skippy. You decide. Xxx.
The call came in like this: Hello ? Can you help ? My husband found a kitten in our local graveyard and I wonder what the best way is to put it down. The caller suggested several methods which we will not repeat here. Suffice it to say that Sparkle, as her ACS foster Mum has called her, is now safe. When we got her we doubted if she was going to make it but now we have hope.
Sparkle was one of 4 others who's dead bodies were found in the graveyard.
We will never understand why the Feline Spirit decides to touch a small helpless kitten and decide that it shall live. Her siblings have now crossed the Rainbow Bridge and that is where we will meet them again. To the "humans" who left the litter there we say this: It shall be done onto you, as you did to them.
Wednesday lunch time we got a phone call from a kind person who works in a local hotel telling me that he had seen a cat jumping into a skip with a kitten in her mouth. Our volunteer explained that she was just completing another job but would call out as soon as possible. Our Volunteer and friend arrived on site and climbed into the skip thinking that it would be just a case of just moving a few bits and getting the kitten and be finished but sadly that wasn’t going to be possible. The photo of the skip shows why not, it was full, building rubbish, broken glass, you name it and ready to be emptied. Since our antics had drawn quite a crowd our volunteers decided to come back later that evening when it was quieter.
As the skip was going to be emptied the next morning our volunteer needed help and needed it very badly. She put out an emergency on-line appeal and within 20 minutes a gentleman called Greg offered his help. Working throughout the night our volunteers emptied the skip bit by bit to try and find the kitten. Hours went by and just when they were getting tired and dejected a tabby kitten in good condition was found, non the worst for her ordeal, and within a half an hour we found a second kitten !
They were rushed home and cared for and back our volunteers went, and carefully listened for a long time if more kitten sounds could be heard. After half an hour they decided that it was unlikely that there were others and the enormous job of putting all the rubbish back into skip was started. Our volunteers finally left the site at 06:00 am, having worked virtually non-stop since 9 pm the previous night so that these two small defenceless lives might be saved. We now are trying to catch the mother so that we can care for her too. The ACS wishes to express its deepest appreciation to Greg and Linda, we can’t thank you enough for all the help you gave last night and because of your prompt action we were able to save two little lives.
To Anne, our tireless lead volunteer who took the call and organised the rescue we say: ALL OF US ARE PROUD OF YOU. The kittens were named Mini and Skip and know you know why.
If that skip had been emptied these kittens would have died a horrible death. The Cork ACS carries as its motto: Their Lives...Our Passion. We hope that you, our readers, agree that it is what we stand for.
This is Russell. Russell was left, caught in a football net, for three days before anyone thought to ask for help on his behalf. Within half an hour of hearing his plight, he was cut out and on his way for a veterinary check up. Apart from being cold and starving amazingly he was otherwise in good condition. I was worried about one of his front legs being damaged from the angle he had been caught but thankfully it was only bruised and nothing was broken. After a couple of days of good food and rest, Russell was released in huge vegetable patch so he could eat all the slugs he wished.
Russell’s story yet again illustrates how dangerous rubbish, like nets, empty plastic bottles, empty food cans, etc. can be. Russell would like to thank John Norton M.V.B. for treating him, Jennifer for caring for him and Didi De Vries for his new, football free home. Their Lives...Our Passion means just that, ALL creatures, great and small.
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