The World of Rescue

This wasn’t written by me and unfortunately I don’t know the author, but I think it sums up perfectly, both the joys and heartaches of rescue….

“For animal lovers like me, animal rescue is the most incredible, rewarding job… in the history of ever.

At the same time… it’s also the most heartbreaking…
The truth is…
You see a lot of things… you never thought you’d see.
You witness a level of cruelty… you didn’t think was possible.
You feel a degree of helplessness… you never thought you’d know.

You stare at painful images… soon burned into your memory… that will haunt your thoughts forever.
You try to pick up the pieces… so many pieces… of the damage you didn’t do.
You do everything in your power… but even still… you’ll never reach them all.

You’ll try to stay strong… but you’ll mostly feel weak.
You’ll build walls to protect your heart… but they’ll never keep you safe.
You’ll place barriers around your soul… but the pain will always reach you.

And no matter how hard you try to fight it… over time… here’s the truth about what happens in animal rescue…
The neglect changes you.
The abuse hardens you.
The suffering breaks you.

The ignorance angers you.
The indifference disturbs you.
The injustice destroys you.

On a daily basis… your faith will be tested.
Your heart will be wounded.
Your soul will be altered.

On a weekly basis… you’ll question yourself.
You’ll question your strength.
You’ll question the world.On a monthly basis… you’ll fall down.
You’ll get up.
You’ll go on…

On a yearly basis… you’ll look back…
You’ll see faces…
You couldn’t save them.

You’ll learn to mourn.
To grieve.
To sob.

You’ll learn to trust a little less.
To do a little more.
To fight a little harder.

You’ll learn to try.
To hope.
To pray.

You’ll learn to fail.
To succeed.
To accept.

You’ll learn when to hold on.
When to give up.
When to let go.

You’ll learn who you are.
What you stand for.
Why that matters.

Then… at times… you’ll forget why you matter.
You’ll question what you’re doing.
You’ll wonder if it’s worth it.

But… here’s the good news…

When you forget…
When you question…
When you wonder…

All you have to do…
Is take a look around…
And you’ll see them.
You’ll see their faces.
You’ll see their smiles.
You’ll feel their love.

In their eyes, you’ll see their journeys…
You’ll remember their beginnings…
You’ll know how far they’ve come…

You’ll remember when they didn’t know you…
When they didn’t trust you…
When they’d given up.

You’ll remember how you healed them…
How you loved them…
How they loved you, too.

And as you look back…
You’ll want to move forward…
For them… and because of them.

In your darkest hours, you’ll look around…
To find the differences made… the hope given… and the lives saved…
Because you existed.

In those moments, when you look into their eyes… every doubt will be erased.
Every question will be answered.
Every worry will subside.

Because in that instant… in each of your hearts…
You both share the very same thought:
“Every bit of pain was worth it… for this moment here with you.”
And honestly… no matter what else happens…
Those moments hold all the strength you need…
To keep going.

Rescue is pain.
Rescue is joy.
Rescue is worth it… because they are worth it.

And that’s the honest truth.”

Stevie’s Story

Stevie’s Story

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We previously posted this as Audrey’s Story… but turns out Audrey is a boy!  So we have changed his name to Stevie (after Stevie Wonder of course)!

Several days ago, Stevie was found crawling out from underneath a deck and did not look to be in very good shape. It was a hot day and he was very hungry and thirsty.

He was taken to our local vet clinic (Bedford Highway Veterinary Hospital) on Aug 27/16 to be   examined. He was covered in huge mats and I can’t imagine how uncomfortable he must have been.  In total, they removed over a pound of mats.

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They also examined his cloudy eyes. His left eye has a luxated (displaced) lens but it is not affecting the cornea. The right eye does have a mature cataract. Stevie therefore does not have any vision. His story is a mystery for sure … how long has he been out on his own? Where did he come from? We may never know, although he did have a home at one time since he is already neutered. We are just thankful he isn’t out on his own. My beloved beagle came to me the same way… totally blind and found running at large … but sadly no one was looking for him and no one ever claimed him. He had a fabulous life with our family and we are confident that Stevie can enjoy his remaining years as well.

As for his bloodwork, there is no evidence of diabetes or hyperthyroidism. There was however a slight elevation in the kidney values (urea and creatinine), indicating the beginning of kidney disease. The good news is that it is not severe so he could absolutely have another couple of years or more. He will be started on a kidney diet and kidney supplements. While hard to guess an exact age, the vets are thinking around the 11-12 year range.

Dr. DeYoung kept saying how super sweet Stevie is! (of course we already knew this). We will be posting more updates for sure. We would love to find a fabulous home for Stevie for his remaining years. If anyone would like to chat about the possibility of adopting Stevie, please contact us at tapacatrescue@outlook.com

Stevie’s update Sept 17/16!  Here is Stevie now with a new hair cut.  He is out of the kennel now at the rescue and has an area where he can walk around and get some fresh air in the safely enclosed outdoor catio and come inside when he wants to!  He is a sweet boy who loves to purr and cuddle.  For anyone who has a soft spot for blind kitties, Stevie will surely melt your heart!

 

 

 

 

Urgent Appeal to help our rescues!

Tapa Cat Rescue is home to approximately 35 adult cats who we were unable to find homes for … out of more than 800 kittens and cats that have made their way through our doors in the past 8-9 years.  We are so grateful to our Fundraising Coordinator, Danielle Tremblay, our monthly sponsors and the ongoing support of so many generous donors who have helped us so much along the way.

We love being able to provide a home for cats that would otherwise be living on the streets.  It does however require a huge financial commitment for their day to day needs.  This past year many of our “older” residents have required dentistry, which is costly but necessary to ensure they are not in pain with rotten teeth.  Yesterday morning one of our residents was in an emergency dental situation requiring immediate surgery.  Thanks to Dr. Jim Gillis at the Bedford Highway Veterinary Hospital, Graydy was rushed into surgery and the problem tooth was removed, along with several other required extractions.

We are urgently low on funds and would be so grateful for any donations towards the care of our rescues.  Donations can be made on our account at the Bedford Highway Veterinary Hospital, by email transfer:  tapacatrescue@outlook.com, through CanadaHelps.org https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/tapa-cat-rescue-society

or by mail (Tapa Cat Rescue Society, PO Box 212 Stn Main, Halifax NS B3J 2M4).

If anyone has any suggestions for a fundraising event (no matter how small), we would love to hear from you!  Thank you so much!!

Home from surgery!Graydy being welcomed home from dental surgery by his friend Kirby!

Meet three of our sponsored cats!

Our sincere thanks to some of our monthly donors who are sponsors of some of our beautiful permanent rescues!

WILBUR (sponsored by Sharon W.) has been with our rescue for several years.  He is a sweet, beautiful boy who was so emaciated when he arrived, that he would not survive.  But with vet care and home care, we were able to get him on his feet and he made remarkable progress!

OLIVER (sponsored by Evelyn S.) was sadly returned to our rescue 3 times.  He is a shy boy, but each time he came back to us, he settled immediately.  He is doing fantastic with his many cat friends and is super affectionate!

CASPER (sponsored by Darlene M.) came to us last year after a huge snow storm. He was in rough shape, but quickly bonded to some of our other permanent rescues and made himself right at home!  He is not a candidate for adoption … not because he is FIV+ … but because he doesn’t like to be picked up.  He is super happy with his cat friends, and thanks to sponsorship we were able to keep him permanently.

Check back to meet more of our sponsored rescues!

Would you like to sponsor one of our permanent rescues?  We’ll be posting some of them in the near future.  Feel free to contact us for more information:  tapacatrescue@outlook.com.  Some of our sponsors donate directly through CanadaHelps.org :

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/tapa-cat-rescue-society

Stars on Ice Fundraising Tickets (Halifax Scotiabank Centre April 29, 2016)

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STARS ON ICE TICKETS – Tapa Fundraiser!
We have FOUR tickets available, lower bowl, guaranteed to be in the first 10 rows! $75 each. Scotiabank Centre: Fri, April 29
We will sell them as pairs, individually, or all 4!!  Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing:  tapacatrescue@outlook.com
(Halifax, NS) – Talk about your star-studded lineup. The Investors Group Stars on Ice presented by Lindt 2016 Tour will feature the Men’s, Pairs and Ice Dance winners from the 2016 Canadian figure skating championships in Halifax last month, as well as the men’s champion from the 2016 ISU European Championships in Bratislava, Slovak Republic.
Eight-time champion Patrick Chan, five-time champions Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford, and two-time champions Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje will all represent Canada, while four-time European champion Javier Fernández will represent Spain, at the upcoming 2016 World Figure Skating Championships in Boston. All of these champions will join the Stars on Ice tour that will visit Halifax on Friday, April 29 for a 7:30 PM performance at the Scotiabank Centre.
Additionally, after a decade-long absence from the Tour, two-time Olympic Silver Medallist, three-time World Champion, and seven-time Canadian Champion Elvis Stojko is returning to Canada’s premier figure skating tour.

 

Sincere thanks to CN Railroaders in the Community

Cecil Smith2 Sept2015Our sincere thanks to CN Railroaders in the Community for their  Retired Employee Volunteer Grant !  Retired Railroader Cecil Smith volunteered more than 52 hours with Tapa Cat Rescue in 2015!  At 82 years of age, Cecil helped get our books ready for our year end, collected recycling, helped out at flea markets, and checked our mailbox on a weekly basis!!  He has been a huge supporter of Tapa over the years and we are so grateful for his support!!!  He is a fabulous volunteer … and also my father!!  THANK YOU DAD!!!!