St Francis sent a crew down to Texas with pet food and bedding to help out with the Harvey effort. They brought back some cats and dogs to help make space for the influx the shelters down there were experiencing. These were animals that were in the shelters pre-Harvey. This is one of those – he has since been adopted out to a family with two boys who seem thrilled to have him.Sliders-to-be! I’ve had the best luck by starting these on a bed of thin sliced onions. A mandoline is perfect for this. I add a wee splash of olive oil to the onion pile before laying the on the patty. Cook on med-low until the onion browns a little then flip it over. Give it a minute then add cheese and a pickle slice or two.
The swallowtail caterpillars are busy on the parsley. I framed this shot to get the most caterpillars I could in it, there were a few more on the plant. I don’t begrudge the loss of the parsley because I like the butterflies they turn into.Random chicken noodle soup. I add a little sesame oil and a dash of Chinese five spice to give it a little Asian flavor. I love love love to dip the grilled cheese into the broth – Heaven!Random shelter kitteh – this is not one of the Harvey rescues – they were still in quarantine due to a treatable but highly contagious skin condition. This handsome boy is named Netsi, he was born in June and is available, hint hint.This is Riley, a girl born in May. Like Netsi, she is waiting for a human to call her own.Random ribeye. Classic steak and potato dinner with a side of roasted sprouts. The steak was cooked sous vide and finished in a smoking hot cast iron pan.
Bitsy is a fan of boxes but she deemed this one too small.It’s really too soon for B(E)LTs but I was in a hurry and they make quick lunches. I made do with a Kroger tomato. They can leave the vine on, connecting a half dozen tomatoes, and call them vine ripened but that doesn’t lean for a minute that they taste good.We have puppies too! A trio of picnic side salads. A bog standard potato salad on the left, a copy-cat slaw on the right, and a mish mash of a bean salad in the middle. My usual recipe calls for chick peas but I was out of them and subbed in great northern and black beans. I though it needed more color so I sent Mrs J to the freezer for corn. She said it was white corn but it might do, so we tossed those in as well. It didn’t hurt it.Beans! I made a double batch because I figure we are heading into peak container garden planting season and they would go well with the other stuff. Kittehs! A brand new batch.A sloppy dog, now with extra slop.
Last Friday the staff at the shelter hosted an open house to celebrate their new building. Most of the staff and several volunteers were posing for an official photo when I walked in so I managed this picture.New momma dog! I have no info on the breeds that went into this happy mix but the momma has some terrier in her and maybe a smidgen of bird dog?A kitten room with a view of the woods in back of the site. This is a Siamese mix female that has been adopted since this picture was taken.Here are a couple of kittens that are new arrivals. We are in pre-op here, they are slated for their surgery later in the week.Here’s a real cutie. He’s a shepherd mix, one of a litter of four.Another from the same bunch. Mrs J says they are four weeks old as of this photo.This is “Snickers”, a male cat that’s one of Mrs J’s favorites. She says she has mixed feelings about the cats that cycle through the shelter – she misses the ones that are adopted out but happy that they have a new family. I guess that’s only natural.They’ve named this one “Suzy”. I put the scare quotes around the names that staff give the residents when I think about it because their new families can, and usually do, rename them upon adoption.
I apologize for the photo quality in this series, Mrs J swung by to deliver some t-shirts she had washed for them without telling me in advance or I would have grabbed a better camera than the one we keep in the glove box. It’s barely better than my phone camera. The building is 3000 square feet laid out in a simple rectangle.There is a regular reception area with a desk manned by a helpful volunteer. This display just inside the entry caught my eye. These are part of a money raising venture that offers for sale various wines. The labels are all cats and dogs that have come through the facility.A huge part of the services St Francis offers the community are low cost neutering, vaccinations, and chipping. This is the new surgery – a vast improvement over the old one. There are pre and post op rooms on either side, and a separate room for meds and supplies. The vet does surgeries four days a week, mostly neutering and spaying animals that come through the shelter although she never turns away folks who bring in a hurt pet.The shelter has a groomer who volunteers some time, that’s her table in the back. The green tub looking thing is a dog washing station.In the same room is a nice big triple sink that sees lots of work washing out food bowls and doubles as a puppeh and kitteh wash. What’s that big, square, toilet looking thing? Just that – poop soiled bedding can be scraped off into it before it’s washed in the machines behind it. Those machines are going all day long.There is also a kitten/cat room. I took a few pictures of the pets but they are none of them as nice as what Mrs J comes home with. I’ll just end it with this one of Mrs J holding the door open for the shot.
We took the abandoned momma cat and six of her kittens to St Francis. Nice that Mrs J has an “in” there. One of the kittens has already been adopted.We found three of the kittens right away, and three more the next day. We figured six was it until today when the neighbor spotted another one. We found it and managed to snag
her him while she was eating from a bowl full of wet cat food. ShHe’s been all alone for 4 days and was pretty damn hungry. Too hungry to lift her his face from the bowl so she was easily caught.There is no doubt that she is of the same litter. I played with her him a little, she purred and made biscuits. One of the St Francis wheels OK’d bringing her him in, too. We’ll keep her till Monday him.
This little boy, Eliot, came from a high kill shelter and is very shy and underweight. They are working on the weight thing. He’s a champion snuggler. He will snuggle for treats. He will snuggle even without treats. Walks well on a leash. Mrs J says a staffer is sweet on him and may call dibs.This bouncy little Pomeranian mix came from the same kill shelter. She is just adorable. Mrs J says the kill ratio at that shelter is high but a dedicated group is helping to reduce it. St Francis has answered the call many times. At risk animals are highlighted on their Facebook pages, and they provide transportation for these pets to foster homes and/or shelters with more room.This is Laurel, known at the shelter as The Cat Whisperer – all of the cats love her. She as a way with them that awes Mrs J, “They will put up with me, but they run to her when she walks in”! Mango is the orange and white tabby on her shoulder. The dilute tortie is Raven, Frank is the brown tabby.
I wandered through the pet shelter during their open house Saturday snapping pictures literally left and right. So many animals needing a new home. It can get to you. All of these pets are lucky, they have food, medical care, and a dedicated staff to keep it all running smoothly. Lots of volunteers help out, doing whatever is needed even if it’s just holding and petting a traumatized animal.
This operation is entirely funded by donations from individuals and corporations. Local stores donate food and other pet care products. You, too, can help-go to their website and look around, meet some of the dogs and cats, read about coming events, and most importantly–donate!
Some of the way too many: