Cats for March

With the adoption of 3 cats and 3 kittens it was a lovely adoption event indeed. As always we had more adopters than cats which is flattering and shows we must be doing something right! 

 

Delilah - She wasn't even advertised and didn't need to be- her fosters fell in love with her and though it took the home cats a bit longer it worked and peace prevails. She's Dolly and Dimple's mum so a lovely result for the whole family.

 

Geisha - she had a bit of a slow start actually as she was scared, no she was terrified. She moved from one foster to a second where she luckily settled and decided it was quite nice being waited on hand and foot. The transition to her now home went like a dream and she was on the sofa on arrival in her new home. She's such a lovely cat and has a home to match, a lovely result and a gorgeous cat.

 

Haley as expected she was snapped up very quickly and though still in foster as her family have been away she'll be packing her bags s we speak in preparation. There's a lovely family and two excited children waiting to see her and give her lots of cuddles. She'll love the attention as she's very tactile and loving.

 

The 3 babies who haven't even been named yet but have homes to go to in about 4 weeks time. They're eating well, sleeping and playing so all is well and as it ought to be. They'll be heading to the vet for a check up and then back for a feed, they're still being syringe fed. They have no names and we haven't sexed them either. One will go to join another cat who I know will be happy as will the children. The other two will go to a home where they'll have a lot of space and love, they're the third generation for this family whose cats lived long long lives.

 

Who are our newbies ?

This month we have taken 3 from the streets - 

Mr Happy - or Hoppy as his friends call him - he has only 3 paws but is doing much better without the cone. He's starting to move around the flat with more confidence and is showing spirit and willingness to be friends.

He's come a long way in a short time and after a few years on the street its his turn to shine. Now in foster and being given all the time he needs to recover and acclimate.

 

Hannah - Our adorable older cat who was happy to be picked up as she had a very sore mouth. The 6 remaining teeth had to be removed too but other than that shes in great condition and it certainly doesn't hamper her from demolishing her daily servings of fresh fish fresh! She's loving life and her human servants to wait on her. Her new bff is a little girl who chats to her and keeps her company. Little Hannah even allowed her humans to give her a most needed bath as she wasn't able to wash herself and a beautiful swan emerged from the dirt. 

 

Hershey - what a gorgeous creature she is, I can't understand why nobody ever took her home. Oh well she's safe and thankfully we did bring her in, she's now enjoying space and room service.  A person or persons who would love to give her a safe haven for the rest of her natural life is what we are looking for. She's amazing, strong and no health issues at all, she just has no teeth. It makes no difference to her, nor ought it to you. 

 

Who is still looking? Keep checking our website, www.kirstenszoo.com to see more of our beautiful cats - Yudo & Enzo a delightful duo. Angus & Benji another adorable pair, Pia, Santa and the lovely Gealdine too.

Farewell and Thank you to John for trapping and helping with the cats and adoption days you've done so much for our cats. You'll be missed, between you and Joanne so many cats have been given the chance of a happy life as pets. Every cat you guys trapped has a home and the very best available, a home any cat would want. The cats and we will miss you.

See you next month at PAWTNERS - thank you Deki & Baymax for giving us time and space for HK's cats in need. Check our website for adoptions/fostering or volunteering - see you in April.

WIS Fair 2019

We had a great rain free day; it seemed quiet and yet we were able to raise over $10,000! When I say 'we' I'm really referring to Lili, Freya, Guinness, Gandalf and Gretel, the puppies who worked the crowds ha ha it was kisses and cuddles all round.

They coped so well with all the unaccustomed attention they received over the day. They really made us proud and not forgetting the amazing team of students who did us proud, every one of you on time, willing and you raised funds too. 

The dogs I know slept SO well, the pups had to have two time out slots bless them, well all but Freya who bounced around until the end. She has endless energy however she finally fell asleep as soon as she got in the van to head home. We were very fortunate and able to find at least one foster and I'm waiting to hear about another, great result.

Temmy and the PTA thank you for organising to perfection yet another wonderful event, we are so lucky to be a part of it. It wouldn't be the same without you .

Lastly, a  HUGE thanks to our volunteers who gave up their already limited time to help out. Suzanne you did a fine job and Anna, Tammy, Susan, Kengi, Martin and John you did us proud. Joanna you were missed!

 

   

   

   

 

Dog Adoptions February 2019

An interesting month with our puppies surviving and thankfully thriving! I've had to concentrate more on the puppies than our other dogs the past weeks and yet we were still able to find  great homes for a few of our special dogs.

We were also able to bring in some new dogs once again too as we slowly return to normal and put the nightmare behind us. Thank you to everyone who gave and supported us in whatever way 🙏

So who found a home ?

Fuzzy - the dog with inordinate energy - if I had a quarter of that I'd be flying .......... He has a home which was made for him - his dad a horse trainer and jockey and it was love at first sight. We missed him at home because it was so absolutely quiet, peaceful and I'm sure I hear a long loud sigh when I came back home without him. Ha ha I loved him but he was a handful and on his own is more than enough for anyone 😳

 

Maple - after her foster parents went on holiday she went off to boot camp and a few days of training she came back a different, well behaved dog - so much so they adopted her! She ran off her excess energy and ditched the crazy behaviour and with a proper walking harness and a ton of exercise our mad Maple is now just Maple 😘

 

Martin - his foster family finally caved in and adopted him YIPPPEEEEEE Even though they already have 3 cats, 2 other dogs, 2 children and 4 adults at home, it's standing room only! He fits with the family and is loved to bits and loves as much. It was such a wonderful phone call and unexpected as dad rarely calls me it's always mum. THANK YOU once again and I promise I won't ask you to foster again - well not for a while anyway😍 

 

Georgia - this one did come as a surprise as her fosters had had 2 tiny Poodles and I guessed they favoured the little ones and then came Sugar. Poor dog was given up and at 2 years old is learning what the world outside looks like. She is the sweetest dog, she made herself at home very quickly and did everything right and before a week was over her new mum and dad asked if they could keep her. Another perfect match, she continues to make progress and I know with the love and patience she receives from mum and dad she'll get there soon.🧡

 

Puppies looking for homes - 

Felix - he's gorgeous and looks most like Gerda I think and he loves the kids, he's going to need a home (foster) on or before the 26th March as his now family have family visiting. By then he'll be about ready to go outside and enjoy the big wide world. Like to meet him ? 

 

Gerda - she's a really pretty little one, quite Lab like to look at with her cream soft fur and playful nature. She doesn't look like the others I suppose perhaps most like Felix.

 

Guinness - the only black puppy and he's too cute for words, with his velvety coat and gentle look and demeanor. Can't resist that little one ..........

 

Freya - she's a bold as brass, confident and fearless, for a puppy so young she is certainly independent. Her furrowed brow and black and cream markings she doe stand out - come and meet her see for yourselves.  

 

Gandalf & Gretel - in foster together and loving the company I'm sure. They look the most alike of the remaining puppies though their characters quite different. Gretel is more bold than her twin brother who loves people company and will gladly seek out attention. When he cuddles up on the sofa she gets jealous and has to gate crash the party.

 

New arrivals

We received 3 new dogs - x breeders, beautiful Shelties - watch this space for more on their progress. Glenda, Lady Gaga & Gideon!

 

 

Fundraiser alert!

Ever thought of having a tattoo? Well do it now our friends and supporters at BLACKOUT TATTOO have given the entire month of March to raise funds for us. Anyone (over 18) can have a tattoo of their pet/s done after a consult by appointment, the total proceeds will go to our animals in need. Just mention Kirsten's Zoo when you make an appointment. 

See you on the 10th and the 24th March for our regular adoption days!

West Island School fair on the 16th - puppies too

Teakha - Mini sale & puppy adoption day on 31st

Our Cat Sanctuary Cats and their Friend

Meet the final 4! 

We are down to four girls which is more than impressive considering there were 47 initially. They've been together for the longest time and they get on or accept the other as they have the space indoors and out to be able to do so. Their flat has been custom made to suit them and give them shelves and spaces to allow them to climb. 

They're all very different in appearance and personality and yet they live together in relative harmony (long may it last). They could go into homes with the right people, experienced cat loving, patient person/s in pairs perhaps easier for them to transition.

Our amazing team of volunteers have been caring and cleaning playing with them and slowly socialising and it is working.

 

Fire - Just like her personality

  

 

Val- very much her own cat

 

Diamond - quite a special cat with amazing coulouring 

  

 

Egypt- our black, sulty beauty

  

 

The last photo and cat isn't actually one of ours however he / she comes to visit and steal food - the girls watch him/her carefully but allow it!

Puppies and Further Help Needed

We've had a serious problem with parvovirus leaving one puppy dead and an astronomical vet bill for the second month running. The saddest thing is it was avoidable and through ignorance, all 5 puppies were infected and one passed away. 

 

I'm so happy to tell you that the remaining puppies Gretel, Gandalf, Gerda, Guinness, Felix and Freya are doing well and being monitored carefully. Sadly we lost Giles. The vet bill will be mammoth once again but we had to try, and you can't put a price on life! 8 of 9 puppies were saved and 2 are in homes. 


Sadly homing has been delayed as well as socialising as they're all in solo foster homes. To date, only 2 of the 9 (Fabian & Freida) puppies have homes -  they weren't infected.

 

We continue to cover the remaining puppies' food and medical, which are not free or cheap either. They all got new beds, again, toys bowls - everything was replaced for the second time (to prevent infection/virus spread)! Once again I need to ask for financial help, it's been a very stressful, difficult time I can tell you! It's not over yet as the pups are contagious 6 weeks after recovery. They've all had one vaccination now and we are cautiously optimistic that they will continue to gain strength and make a full recovery.

If you can and will help once again THANK YOU in advance from the remaining 6 puppies in need - our HSBC account is 848 525382 838 Kirstens Zoo Ltd, and a tax deductible receipt will be issued for amounts of $200 and above.

Thank you for your support and generosity.