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A Ruby in the Rough

March 10, 2006

RubyThere are a couple of felines that found a special place in my heart. Ruby, the adorable kitty in these photos, is one of them. One of our star volunteers, Alice, named her.

Recognize her? She is the cat staring wide-eyed out of the humane trap that Craig and I caught one evening. You can see the photo of her in the blog post I made on January 25th.

Little Ruby was so sweet and used to "make biscuits" as soon as you started petting her. For the first few days, however, the cat area staff thought she was feral (wild). She was not feral, obviously. A lot of cats who we once thought were feral came out of their shells in just a few days. It amazed me every time, too.

RubyAnyway, I digress. Back to Ruby. During the Super Adoption event, she won the hearts of a mom and son family. The son was so gentle with her and I was very happy with the match. They had another kitty named Sapphire, so they wanted to keep her name. It was fate! She went home with them that day and I’m sure she’s spoiled and loved.

I will shamefully admit that letting her go to another family was rough, even though it is a perfect home for her. She wasn’t even my cat! I just trapped her and cared for her for a few days. Part of rescue work is letting go, however, and working at Celebration Station for 2 1/2 months taught me quite well on how to do just that. Rescue, care for, kiss them on their furry little head goodbye – all in a few days. No one ever claimed it would be easy, though, right?

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Hurricane Katrina Animal Relief Video

December 4, 2005

Katrina DogI found a video tonight that is worth watching by everyone who loves animals! Personally, it brought back so many memories from New Orleans and provided plenty of tears.

It documents animal rescue in the aftermath of Katrina and Rita. It’s set to music (“The Reason” by Hoobastank) and runs for a few minutes. You’ll need Windows Media Player to view it.


To watch the video:

  • Visit
  • Click on Hurricane Katrina Relief link on the left.
  • Then click Watch Katrina Relief Video in the pop-up window.

On a personal note: I used to despise that song, but after watching it in this perspective, I can now enjoy it.

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