Branford Compassion Club Turns 20!


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Pat Cotton and Boots

Twenty years after its founding by Eunice Lasala, Friskie Wheeler, and Ann Marie Lorello, the Branford Compassion Club has grown from a group of dedicated volunteers feeding feral colonies to a full service brick and mortar adoption facility.

That facility, officially the Branford Compassion Club Feline Rescue and Adoption Center, now has a full-time shelter manager, Pat Cotton, who oversees the daily care and vetting of all the felines who set paws through the doors. Since opening more than six years ago, close to 1,500 felines have found their forever homes, and approximately 2,000 total since 2008. Cotton is backed up by a team of 50 to 60 volunteers who cover all shifts within the shelter. Another 30 or so help with non-shelter related work such as publicity and fundraising.

Read the whole story here.

Celica Blue and Lymphoma: The Journey Ends


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Celica Blue on Dec. 13, 2016

On Dec. 22, 2016, exactly six months after she was diagnosed, Celica Blue lost her battle with lymphoma. It’s taken me more than two months to finish her story.

She was the love of my life and brought the most incredible amount of joy in the two short years she was with us. Read more of this post

Celica Blue and Lymphoma: A Bump in the Road


You take my photo with a flash and I'll squint.

You take my photo with a flash and I’ll squint.

After a pretty good honeymoon period, we’ve hit a bump in the road.

Celica Blue was due for her sixth chemo treatment in this round, Doxorubicin, this week. I noticed earlier in the week that she was drinking water, just three times over two days or so, but it was unlike her; she never drinks water. She was also acting just a tad punky. Read more of this post

Cats as Emotional Support Animals


emotional-support-cat-768x402It’s no secret that our cats provide us with much-needed comfort and support. But for some people, the need goes a step further.

Emotional support animals (ESAa) are pets that provide companionship to those with emotional and mental disabilities. Organizations such as CertaPet help facilitate the process. According to CertaPet’s website: “For legal purposes, ESAs are considered companions offering mental and emotional support, as well as sometimes being trained to recognize specific symptoms and emotional occurrences.” Read more of this post

Celica Blue and Lymphoma: Her Oncology Team


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We’ve been shuttling back and forth to Central Hospital a couple of times a month since June 20 when a late-night emergency visit led to Celica Blue’s lymphoma diagnosis.

We’ve got it down to a science. Well, it’s science that’s saving her life right now. Read more of this post

Cats and Coloring: Redux


From Color Cats 2 by Margaret Gates Root.

From Color Cats 2 by Margaret Gates Root.

Since my original post back in November, the number of cat-themed coloring books has soared.

The more I color, the more I love to color and the more I learn about the different mediums – blending, shading, and mixing them, and how they appear on different kinds of paper. Read more of this post

Celica Blue and Lymphoma: Remission in Sight?


CB-Remission?Going into the sixth round of chemo – the latest on Aug. 31 – Celica Blue continues to be the perfect cat. Read more of this post

Celica Blue and Lymphoma: The New Normal


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Lookin’ good!

Celica Blue had her fourth chemo treatment this week. This time it was back to Vincristine, which was the first in the “CHOP” protocol.

Her white blood cell count had been a bit low, so we postponed the chemo for a few days to allow it to rise, which it did. However, Dr. Olmsted was thrilled with her progress. Her weight is fine, appetite and activity level are normal. She said she could barely feel the mass and said it was around 2 cm, down from 7. Read more of this post

Celica Blue and Lymphoma: The Journey Begins


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This is the hardest post I’ve had to write. Celica Blue, the love of my life, has been diagnosed with lymphoma.

It started Monday, June 20, when she threw up her breakfast. She was rather lethargic during the day, then she experienced pain when her tummy was palpated, and refused dinner. Read more of this post

Cats on the Lookout for Human Kindness


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The community cats in my town are lucky to have such devoted caregivers. I post occasional updates on one colony on ExclusivelyCats and in the Branford Eagle, my local online newspaper. Here’s the current report.

You can read previous stories on Branford’s community cats here, here, and here.

 

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