WOW! I'm still on Cloud 9 after this morning's events. Before I go into detail about what transpired, I wanted to share my sincere gratitude to Dr. Sharon Kennedy and her vet tech, Melissa for their amazing, life-saving work today. Without them, we would have had a devastating ending to this story, instead of the miraculous one you're about to read.
Yesterday we brought a sweet new mama-to-be into the ELM family. Well, our timing couldn't have been more perfect as Maeve went into labour within 12 hours of her arrival. She delivered two beautiful boys shortly after 1:30 am (on September 30, 2015) and showed no sign of adding to her family. Alyssa was dutiful in waking every half hour to hour to check on her and all was well. Around 8 am while we were chatting, I asked her to ensure her stomach was soft and I left for work at the vet. Shortly after, she called and said she needs to bring her in. Her stomach wasn't soft at all and she was certain there were more kittens inside.
An X-ray revealed two more babies. At this point we didn't know if they would even be alive but we were very grateful for Dr. Sharon and Melissa quickly getting her in for an emergency c-section.
When we run into these type of "problems" we don't think of money. We don't care about that. We know we will find a way to make it work, all that matters is our precious baby who has no voice. The sweet mama we now call Maeve, her two babies nursing, and the two babies that are still literally trapped inside of her.
The moment Maeve was opened up, it was discovered that these two little ones were wedged up into their mama's diaphragm and were NOT coming out any time soon. Because Maeve successfully delivered her first two kittens, that meant her cervix was now open to bacteria, which in turn would have inevitably led to sepsis. It is due to the quick actions on everyone's part that we now have four sweet, hungry little babies. I always say there's a reason why we get who we do. Clearly, this time it was to save the life of a mama and her four babies.
I send out a special thank you to my good friend and business partner, Alyssa for her diligence and insight with Maeve. Without her, Maeve's fate would have been far different.
I would also like to thank those of you who make up our village. Your support, your prayers, your positive and healing thoughts, your comments, your "Likes", your kindness, and most of all, for being part of ELM. You are all who make us who we are. Without you, there would be no ELM. We appreciate each and everyone of you more than you'll ever know.
We do have a balance owing on Maeve if anyone is able to help us with medical care. With my discount, Dr. Sharon's kindness, and supporters, we've knocked a good chunk off her emergency surgery. Our balance remains at approximately $580 taxes included. If you are able to help we offer a variety of ways to do so. You may call our vet directly at (905) 336-2347 to make a donation or you may scroll down on our home page to the donate button. Should you wish to make a donation via letter mail, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for our mailing address.
Again, thank you. We are truly grateful for each and everyone of you ❤️
What a bittersweet day. My darling, sweet Mirakle found her furever home today.
I fell in love with Mirakle from the very first moment I saw her. She gave birth to five beautiful kittens: Oliver, Abbott & Costello, Pippa, and Paisley. It's been about two months since all of her children were adopted and she had been waiting so very patiently for her new owner. Today she came. I cried. I had wanted to keep Mirakle for my own as I had many fond memories of her. Sitting in the basement with her for hours on end as she purred and kneaded away. To say I was saddened that her being spayed had no positive effect on her aggression toward adult cats, was a huge understatement. Each day I would visit with her and I'd be sad for her. I would hold her and love her and pray for the right person to come along. Today that happened and I hope I didn't scare her new owner when I gave her a huge hug as I cried with happiness.
Mirakle, today you got your miracle. From being abandoned once, found, given a home for 6 weeks, impregnated while in their care, then left at a high kill shelter with the words "AGGRESSIVE" listed on her profile, into my home to safely give birth to your little ones, and now into the safety of a home where you will never be abandoned again.
I love you girly. I love you to the moon and back. Congratulations on your new home. The best thing out of all of this? I can still visit her. I'm always happy when I say "Welcome to my family" but today, I was overjoyed ❤️
I've been sitting here watching the "Teeterville" kittens for the last hour or so. For the past month they have taken over my main bathroom where I've been playing nursemaid and wondering each day when I would finally see them recover from one of the nastiest bugs I've ever seen take over a family of felines. When they first came here I don't think I even realized just how deathly ill they were. I just started to clean, and clean, and clean. Eye drops, ear drops, nose drops, bottle feeding, fecal testing, weekly vet visits, and I won't even bother mentioning the costs involved to keep these poor sweet kittens alive.
Now they are approximately 11 weeks old but they play like they are 8 weeks old. To watch them now, you'd never have known they sat on death's door almost 5 weeks ago. Now I have a bathroom that's completely destroyed and to be honest, I love it. They are finally playing with toys, jumping, exploring, and having the type of healthy fun all kittens should. And that makes me happy.
They are no longer lethargic and sleeping all the time. They don't look at me with watery and goopy eyes. Their noses are clean and not crusted over. They are full of life and it's amazing to look back at those pictures from August 11. We had thought to take 2, then maybe 4 but at the most, 6... Survival mode and panic kicked in and kittens were just grabbed as they could be caught. We didn't know how many we had until we got home and counted 8. We weren't sure if they'd all live, if they would be blind or what hidden diseases they were carrying. But look! Here we are!!! Beautiful, attention seeking, adventurous, curious eyes... Loving life and they each will enjoy a long one now because they mattered.
I say thank you to the farm that allowed them to go. Thank you, to my good friend who took the time with her daughter to go out and assess the situation, and thank you to my amazing vet, Dr. Sharon for her commitment to life, love, and support. We are all a family, and these are products of love ❤️
A mom of 3 that loves Jesus Christ, my children, cats, and of course, all that God created. Thank you for checking us out here at ELM!