A PRE-VALENTINE STORY OF LOVE
We don’t have any photos to run with this feral cat appeal -- you know what feral cats are, right? Cats nobody wanted that live on their own and, without spaying and neutering, join with the don't care people to create entire colonies of unwanted cats. It happens all too often in Dallas, but there are angels working for these animals. Celia Orr is one of them.
So, to break up the block of type, I've used a photo of me and a feral-born cat now named Simon -- he lives with us right now and is under veterinary care. He has some surgery coming up -- I think you know what I mean.
Celia Orr knows right away.
But she’s got a different challenge right now. Celia’s appeal for help is picture enough. She opened her note explaining that she’s “gotten myself into such a PICKLE.”
Well, this is an angel in a pickle not of her own making. Celia has been a guiding light in tending to feral cats for quite some time. Her big supporter is her husband David. The background here is Celia feeds 250 feral cats a day -- takes about 3 hours in the early morning and two hours in the evening. That’s routine, but something non-routine is occurring. Her husband is very ill because of COPD and she’s juggling David’s needs, the cats and running the Merle Norman store. The home and store needs are being met -- David’s fine except for the breathing difficulties. But Celia is worried about the cats. She needs help.
The food wil be provided. It’s just the “show up and do the feeding” that needs to be handled. To offer to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celia has worked hard to make sure these cats are all fixed and as healthy as unwanted cats can be. Here’s her schedule: “I feed in the a.m. near downtown in the OLD EAST DALLAS area: Munger, I-30 near Fitzhugh/Carroll, plus all the streets from I-30 across Columbia to Reiger, Worth, Victor and then Austin St. Shelter, and then over to Bryan/Fitzhugh area (just two colonies near Bryan). “At night, for years I have been feeding in 5 Points area near Presbyterian, between N. W. Hwy., Skillman/Greenville. 8 stops there.”
Celia can fill you in on each stop, maybe even each cat. This is an act of love -- and, it’s also an act of decency in a city that needs more of it.
Get in touch with Celia at email@example.com. Help her get out of that “pickle.”
RANDY TURNER’S SKILLS
SAVE ROADIE THE DOG
The background is this dog Roadie was in trouble because he was involved in a neighborhood dustup that led to a lawsuit and a declaration of being a “dangerous animal.” Burglars broke out a window in his house, Roadie left the house through the opening and went into the neighborhood where a neighbor, already irritated at him from an earlier incident, had him sent to the shelter. Rulings ensued and it was ordered that Roadie be euthanized. But Randy Turner, the Fort Worth lawyer with notable and successful animal law experience, was engaged -- paid in gratitude -- to save Roadie. Roadie’s human Lisa suffers from PTSD, agoraphobia, panic disorder, and depression and her doctor prescribed an assistance animal for her -- Roadie was that animal.
Here’s Randy’s note to Roadie’s supporters: “I am happy to report that after a marathon session in court yesterday, at 5 p.m. the judge approved Roadie going to live with a man in Freestone County. She is requiring an animal behaviorist to be there at the shelter when he takes possession of Roadie. The judge forbid Lisa from ever seeing her beloved Roadie again unless an animal behaviorist approves a visit. She also ordered Lisa to pay $747.00 in vet bills that have been incurred by the city over the past 8 months. (Of course Lisa cannot pay this, especially after she pays for the behaviorist, but that will not stop the adoption from happening; Lisa will just have a judgment against her.)
“Roadie has been in a small cage, 23 hours a day for 8 months and my behaviorist said there is a possibility that Roadie will be aggressive and not accept the new adopter. So there is still a chance that this deal will crash. That is one reason why an animal behaviorist will be there to assist with the transfer of possession.
“When I told Lisa that she and Roadie have a small band of loyal supporters who have been working hard to get him off death row she started crying. She made me promise to tell all of you ‘thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart’.”
Randy also says, “I can’t tell you how great it was to have so many people supporting this effort.”
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