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Finnegan was a neighborhood feral cat that I rescued. Thanks Lynne for teaching me TNR!! He was believed to be about 8 months old. I had him neutered and vaccinated, and worked on his socialization for a few weeks. He was very playful and active, and wanted out of the bedroom that he had to be isolated in as I have a house full of dogs. I could tell that Finnegan was lonely and needed another cat to play with. I was very fortunate to find a wonderful woman to adopt him who was willing to continue to work on his socialization. She also had two gentle and well-mannered cats. Special Thanks to Judy for adopting our boy! And special thanks to her cats Sterling and Maurice who welcomed Finnegan into their home.
My neighbor flagged me down when I was returning home from work one evening. A Goffin Cockatoo dropped from the sky and landed on his back when he was in the yard! Needless to say he was a bit freaked out when he felt the nails sticking into him, not knowing what it was. The bird then flew to the ground and he was able to confine him. I made a large cage for him out of a dog pen and a piece of lattice, which I placed on my kitchen table so that he could get plenty of attention. Once he was settled in I realized that he needed a name. I called him "Little Frank" in honor of his rescuer!
Little Frank turned out to be very well socialized. He quickly learned to fly to my shoulder, where he spent most of his time when I was home. He also loved to be pet.
The next step was to try to find the owner. I posted adds on Craigs List and contacted a parrot rescue. After about a week I was alerted to a flyer on a telephone poll a few blocks away. I had been looking for signs but not in that particular neighborhood. I contacted the owner who was very relieved that her bird was found. It was a happy reunion for Bertha and her Cockatoo, whose name is Minnie.
Not too long after we moved into our house in Rockland County, we began having trouble with chipmunks getting in the house. As cute as they are outside, it's not quite the same when they are running around inside, inciting riot with my 5 dogs and cat. After the fifth chipmunk, we realized that we had to figure out what was going on? They certainly weren't just walking through the front door. What we figured out was that Ray, the cat, was catching them, bringing them inside through his cat door in the basement, and then letting them go upstairs. None of them were injured. I was able to get 3 of them out of the house safely. The 4th one didn't fare so well as he got injured when being chased by the pack.
The last one turned out to be a baby - Charlie the Chipmunk as he later became known. I caught him and went to put him outside. However, when I put him down in woods he just flopped around. He couldn't hold himself upright. It appeared as if he had some neurological damage. So I scooped him back up, brought him inside and put him in a little crate. The next day I bought a hamster cage, food, and grass. He actually seemed to like the cat food the best. My biggest struggle was getting him to drink water. He couldn't use the water bottle, so I tried to feed him with an eye dropper. That didn't go over too well with him. I then put some icecubes on a papertowel so they would slowly melt. He seemed comfortable, but still couldn't hold himself upright. He slept most of the time. There was no way to tell if he had an injury or was just born this way. If he didn't improve, I was going to have my vet put him to sleep. I couldn't put him back outside if he couldn't take care of himself.
I checked on him multiple times a day. No change. Then after about a week and a half, I thought he was holding himself up a little better, and seemed a little more active. I decided to take him for a test drive. I let him loose in the garage. He ran around, almost normal, with just a slight head tilt. It took me awhile to actually catch him again as he was pretty quick now. Once I got him back into his cage, I took his bedding (wood chips) and food and went into the woods behind my house. First, I spread the bedding around a fallen tree stump where there would be nooks and crannies for him to hide, and then spread his food around. I finally released him, wishing him a good chipmunk life. He ran around, then jumped in a tree, circled the tree, looked back at me, and then he was gone - back into the wild.
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|Intake||91 (included is 2 cats)|
|Adopted||58 (included is 1 cat)|
|Retired/Hospice/Adopted||31 (included is 1 cat)|
Explanation of Terms:
Intake: Dogs taken into foster care under the full responsibility of TTR.
Adopted: Dogs placed into permanent, loving homes.
Retired/Hospice/Adopted: Dogs placed into retirement or hospice care, or adopted by TTR.
Assisted: TTR directly assisted in the rescue and/or placement of these dogs, but they were the responsibility of another rescue group or individual. (These dogs were not included in our intake number.)
Transferred: Dogs transferred to other rescue groups or individuals for rehabilitation and placement. (These dogs were not included in our intake number.)
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