Another day, another rescue.
This time it’s the brothers
Teddybear and Honeybear.
This is another true rescue story. Deserted last winter in Providence by people
who moved, a gorgeous full grown Russian Blue feline showed up very hungry. His trust was gained the usual way
by feeding him. After that, it wasn’t long before he came with his brother tagging behind. But the brother didn’t
look well and wasn’t trusting. The rescuer decided to trap them as closely together as possible without scaring the
sickly one away. Having been a rescuer for years and knowing the behavior of cats, she was successful and VSA
was called in to help. Teddybear and Honeybear were examined by Dr. Annette Rauch of Care for Animals and
PAAWSRI. Both cats were very young. Honeybear had to be treated for parasites and both cats were feline
leukemia/aids tested, neutered, and vaccinated. VSA WAS ABLE TO PAY FOR THEIR VETERINARY CARE BECAUSE
OF YOUR HELP. PEOPLE BREAK RHODE ISLAND LAW WHEN THEY ABANDON ANIMALS, AND THESE PEOPLE ARE IN
GOOD MEASURE THE CAUSE OF OUR SERIOUS HOMELESS CAT PROBLEM. No matter how beautiful, or not,
companion animals are left behind, mostly cats, because it is easier to just put a cat out and walk away. If only we
could convince RIDEM and our cities and towns that the NO TURN IN POLICIES at the municipal shelters do not
work, are wrong and must be changed, we would reduce abandonment, suffering, and births. It seems like it’s
only good old common sense, but until WE THE PEOPLE bring this change it will not happen. Some Rhode Island
humane organizations like VSA realize how wrong the NO TURN IN POLICY is and know that it would be changed if
WE THE PEOPLE and the humane community in Rhode Island insisted on it. But until that day comes, rescue will
be common place occurrence for the rescuers who, knowing or unknowingly, break RIDEM’S BROKER LAW which
remains in effect. RIDEM should be called upon to stop making lawbreakers out of rescuers and go after the real
lawbreakers by enforcing the abandonment laws. By the way, Teddybear and Honeybear were placed by PAAWSRI
with a Warwick family who said: we are in love with our fur babies . . . they are just what we needed to complete
our family.” We know what the consequences would have been for these two unsterilized cats and their progeny.
YOU, OUR DONORS, are the lifeline for homeless animals because you are part of the team of good Samaritans:
the rescuers, veterinarians like Dr. Annette Rauch and her caring staff and VSA.
Every year at this time VSA brings a rescue story.
THIS IS BEN’S STORY
One morning this past summer a forlorn and hungry long-haired tiger cat found his way into a friendly yard in Providence. This was the safe yard of an elderly woman who had rescued many abandoned cats in her neighborhood. The story is symbolic of rescues carried out by caring people
all over our state. The woman fed the cat and called him Ben, who there after came every day. Ben was frightened and very thin but otherwise appeared ok. After a month, Ben began to trust the woman and became friendly. She made
physical contact with him by brushing him. She knew she couldn’t bring her rescue to Providence Animal Care & Control because they told her that they don’t take turns-ins. The woman turned for help to VSA who brought him to Care for
Animals in Warwick. Dr. Annette Rauch examined him and found him to be an undernourished, unaltered male under three years who should be helped. Even after going it alone for almost three years, he remained sweet and affectionate.
VSA had Ben tested, neutered and vaccinated. Dr. Rauch agreed to take Ben into her non-profit shelter, PAAWSRI, where he was soon adopted by a loving family. YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT ENABLED VSA TO TAKE BEN OFF THE STREETS.
This rescue raises questions that humane organizations face continuously. Perhaps there wouldn’t be a need for the recently passed BROKER’S LAW that was requested by RIDEM if the cities and towns changed the no turn-in policy which
greatly adds to the homeless and free roaming cat problem. Therein may also be a partial answer to lessening the threat of rabies and the sad birth of kittens destined to be feral. It is not logical to pass a law that confounds the problem of
homeless cats. We must ask our elected State Senators and Representatives to revisit and reverse the BROKER’S LAW because although it is intimidating, it is also likely unenforceable. We must all stand together to eliminate inhumane laws and policies that prevent the decent treatment of homeless animals. Our voices can bring change. Please continue to help VSA close the gaps left open by
inhumane state and local policies that help to perpetuate cruelty, suffering and overpopulation. VSA is forever grateful to you for your kind and generous support