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Date:7/25/2014 9:17:43 AM
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1/7/13 Momday, Monday----
Barney here and we did get mom up earlier today---
4:00 am---Best time yet! Much warmer day too and going to get to the mid +30's they say, whoever "they" is! January thaw, I guess.

The topic today is animal rescue and if we don't hear some opinions, its earlier than we think! Zeus is our only foster at the moment, but mom has been doing rescue on a regular basis since the early 90's. Her group, the Animal Relief Fund of Minneapolis, MN was started in 1987 by a few ladies sitting around a kitchen table. They belonged to an earlier rescue, but were not entirely satisfied about how things were going. One issue was the fate of feral cats and animals with special needs. Their intention was to start a no-kill organization, to foster in homes and rehab cats and dogs, who were not being helped by existing groups, which at that time were very few.

Mom discovered the group in 1989, when she was caring for her grandmother, at that time 101 yrs old and still able to live at home. Gmom used to get her hair done at a shop located across the street from a small second hand gift shop operated by ARF. Mom was curious and , of course, crossed the street to learn more. She spent time visiting with the ladies and 2-3 store cats.

A few weeks later, she happened to find a beautiful long haired muted Calico, who she named Katya. This was just after acquiring Pasha and Agatha. Pasha was tolerant of Katya for a few months, but when she didn't leave, he began attacking her with the intention of driving her out of the house. It was clear, he was not going to change his mind, so mom kept her in a small bedroom and joined the group as a "foster-finder". They paid for Katya's spay and mom was able to get a ride with her new friends to their adoptions. It took time, a few weeks, but Katya did find a wonderful forever home, with a family, who treated her like the queen she was! Mom kept in touch for some time after. The group has several important rules, but most importantly, they spay/neuter all animals, screen families to make sure they are forever homes, do home visits, when necessary and make it understood that if the family can no longer care for the companion animal.

Remember to vote for Gracie #230155 today so she can get her COTD tomorrow.
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