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We saw the kitties…!

Our favorite cat rescue finally had an open day – first time since the lockdown. And it was packed. People are obviously thirsty for the old normal.

It’s a very long way for us to go when there are cat rescues nearer, but we particularly like this one.

No, we’re not shopping for a puss, we just like to hang out with them. The British cat rescue is a zen place. None of these rows of cages with sad kitties waiting on death row. They’re open and fenced. The cats swan around as they please, with cat trees and boxes and toys and litterboxes at regular intervals.

The cats don’t fight. It’s quite remarkable. We’re told it’s because no cat regards it as his territory.

This time, the poor cats were completely traumatized by so many elderly white women running after them talking baby talk. Most of them hid under or behind the buildings. A few swanned around and hissed if you got too close. It was a hot day, so many were in a foul mood.

It was wonderful.

I know what you’re thinking. “Weasel, that’s the ugliest damn cat I ever saw.” Well, nuts to you, Mister Skeptic. There was a lady with a hedgehog rescue booth there, too.


Comment from Gromulin
Time: July 20, 2022, 8:59 pm

Are hedgehogs a common pet there?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 20, 2022, 10:08 pm

I love the idea of one large open area (with cat “furniture” and places to hide) full of the hopeful rescue cats. We have a place nearby that does that but they are open several days per week so it’s never crowded.

It might be necessary for this place that you and Uncle Badger particularly like to limit the number of humans at any one time in the open area for the purpose of not traumatizing the poor kitties.

I don’t go to our rescue place very often because it’s so hard to leave without a new little furry addition our household.

(And NO, I don’t mean that kind of furry!)

Comment from M
Time: July 21, 2022, 12:26 am

Why is it ok to keep hedgehogs as pets but not badgers? They are both wild native species there, correct?

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: July 21, 2022, 2:49 am

keeping badgers not hedgehogs? When was the last time you heard someone say “stop hedgehogging me!”

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: July 21, 2022, 3:02 pm

“I think the h-e-d-g-e-h-o-g is malingering,” said Dr. McDhui to Mad Lori, the witch in the glen. From one of my favorite books, Thomasina, the Cat Who Thought She Was God, by Paul Gallico.

Comment from BJM
Time: July 21, 2022, 3:39 pm

I got our rescue pup from a place like that. Tony La Russa, the former STL Cardinals and Oakland A’s manager started a rescue foundation back in the early 80’s after a terrified cat ran on to the field during a broadcast at the Coliseum and no one could catch it, except Tony.

He and his wife were already involved in Equine rescue. It’s nice to see some of the sports $$$ go to other than monster houses, stupidly expensive cars and up their noses, eh? Maybe that wasn’t a fair remark, many professional athletes support charities and do good work.

Anyhoo, La Russa’s adoption center in Walnut Creek is wonderful…and given that the city and counties shelters were pretty grim places, the public has responded and they pick up animals from kill shelters in the adjoining counties. Many breed rescue orgs foster for them too. We got our wonderful Welsh Springer from the ESS rescue/foster people. All mad as hatters of course, as dog people tend to be.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 21, 2022, 7:06 pm

I don’t think you’re allowed to keep British hedgehogs as pets. The rescue lady told us once they reach a certain age they don’t like to be handled any more. The ones people keep as pets are the African ones imported for the purpose, I think – though I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a Briton keeping one.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: July 21, 2022, 8:00 pm

You had part of a Python Sketch when you wrote the words “The rescue lady told us once they reach a certain age…”

“Dinnnnnnnsdale? Where are ya Dinsdale!?”


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 21, 2022, 8:06 pm

The dreaded Spiny Norman.

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