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A Sheltered Life – photographs, and stories, as told to Maggie Haylock-Capon, by Liza, resident greeter at the Loyalist Humane Society. File photographs by Alan R. Capon and photos by Gilles Robert.

(If you are unable to adopt a cat or kitten, there are many other important ways to help the LHS. Donations of Javex and other household cleaning products, garbage bags, grocery bags, litter, cat food and kitten food are welcome. The Loyalist Humane Society is located on County Road 4, (Talbot Street), near the intersection of Tripp Road.)

Sock Monkey

Sock Monkey

Happy Summer, Everyone!

Lovely Liza - Here I am, pretty in pink.

Lovely Liza – Here I am, pretty in pink.

It’s Liza with late-breaking news from the Loyalist Humane Society. We have a very special new arrival here – a tiny orphan kitten known as Sock Monkey, who was rescued by a caring family who found him all by himself. There was no sign of his mother or siblings, so they brought him home with them.

Of course, he was far too young to be on his own and required two-hour feedings, all night long. After two sleepless nights, his rescuers brought him to Mrs. Moffatt, who just happened to have a nursing mother cat who hopefully will accept him as her foster child. When he’s weaned, the family who found him is coming back to adopt him.

Zeke perched on the top of a door, ready to take flight.

Zeke perched on the top of a door, ready to take flight.

Recently, we had a very sad day at our shelter. Long-time resident, Zeke, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He was our resident aviator who delighted in leaping on the shoulders of unsuspecting visitors. I must confess that at first I was not at all impressed by him. However, as I came to know him better I grew very fond of him and he returned my affection. Soon our secret was out – we were sleeping together. Mrs. M. frowns on this sort of conduct and insisted that we marry. We enjoyed many months of wedded bliss and as Zeke’s missus, I accumulated hundreds of air miles. I was distraught when I lost him, until I remembered an old rhyme my mother used to recite. She always said, “First you cry and then you sigh, then you get another guy.” I confess that I have my eye on a certain someone, but am presently playing hard to get. It does not do to seem too eager.

SandmanThis Sunday, Sandman, Edward, and a crateful of kittens are going to the Second Annual Katnip Tea in the Bloomfield Church Hall. This exciting event will begin with a live auction starting at 1 p.m. A silent auction will also be in progress.

At 2 p.m. our friend, tenor Julian Gallo will take the stage with vocalist Lenni Stewart, and flautist Colleen Galway. Accompanist will be Tom Dietzel.

Shelter residents took a vote and it was unanimously decided that this year’s Katnip Tea will be dedicated to the memory of our dear friend, Zeke. He lived at our shelter for six years and although he may never have found his forever home, he was always a beloved member of our family.

All of the proceeds from Sunday’s concert and live and silent auctions will be donated to the Loyalist Humane Society. Tickets for this event are $10 and will be sold at the door. Children under 12 will be admitted free. Refreshments are included in the ticket price. Please join us for a purrfect afternoon

Franco

Franco

If you recall, in my last blog I mentioned that there was a plan a-paw to lock Franco in the lavatory so that he could not disrupt our Katnip Tea, as he did last year. Owing to the sad loss of Zeke, we have agreed that we should be more charitable. Houdini is taking him to the Second Time Around Shop to see if a tasteful suit can be found for him. Franco is excited about the trip and is already making a shopping list. Unfortunately, he hopes to find an Hawaiian shirt, jam shorts and patent leather shoes. It is our fervent hope that all such items disappeared in the shop’s last bag sale.

See you at The Katnip Tea!

-Liza

Plans under way for auction, shelter beautification and memory garden

Hello Everyone,

Liza (her glam photo)

Liza (her glam photo)

It’s Liza here, official meeter and greeter for the Loyalist Humane Society. Excitement is mounting here at the Loyalist Humane Society, where everyone is eagerly awaiting our second annual Katnip Tea. Already we are discussing what we’ll wear and what desserts we’ll choose. Personally, I favour the little salmon tea cakes with lemon zest. The chicken and cheese squares are yummy, too, but tend to give me gas.

Our tea will take place at the Bloomfield Church Hall on Sunday, June 26 and will feature a delightful musical program with tenor, Julian Gallo, soprano, Lenni Stewart, flautist, Colleen Galway and pianist, Tom Dietzel. The afternoon will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a 30-minute live auction. Our auctioneer from last year “Mr. Handsome” aka Adam Miller will once again conduct the sale. We have received many generous donations so this is an auction that no one will want to miss. A silent auction will be in progress, too. At 2 p.m. our concert will get underway, with our auctions to continue at intermission.

Tickets for the tea are $10. each and will be sold at the door. The ticket price includes tea or coffee and dessert. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to our shelter.

A plan is in place to bar Franco from the tea. He arrived last year wearing a ratty-looking tux that was two sizes to big. He embarrassed us all by trying to sing a duet with Mr. Gallo and when refreshments were served, he rubbed the waitresses ankles and kept asking, “What ya’ serving there sweetie?” He also bid on several sale items and left without paying. Crawford and Saylor have agreed to lock him in the loo when he’s changing into his tux. Someone will let him out when the tea is over.

Among those of us attending this year’s event will be a relative newcomer to our shelter, whose name is Edward. He was a hitchhiker discovered on the road, by a gentleman who brought him to our shelter. It was clear that he had fallen on hard times. He was pitifully thin, had a flea allergy that kept him scratching his armpits and he sported the longest tail any of us had ever seen on a cat. He was properly pathetic. Now, he has gained weight, but this doesn’t help much because Mrs. M. took him to the barber where he had his head shaved so they could treat his flea allergy. They shaved pretty much all of him. Mrs. M. says he can go to the tea but she certainly hopes that no one will think he is a typical resident. We have decided that if he plays the sympathy card just right, he may collect enough donations to afford a better stylist or, failing this, a quilted smoking jacket and a tail cozy.

This photo by Lynn Weber shows Victorian garden totem, she bought at last year's tea. This year, glass artist Janet Wager has donated similar totems with solar lights for the auction, and a number of unique teapot totems.

This photo by Lynn Weber shows Victorian garden totem, she bought at last year’s tea. This year, glass artist Janet Wager has donated similar totems with solar lights for the auction, and a number of unique teapot totems.

Now, over to this month’s editorial assistant, Saylor, for more shelter news.

SAYLOR SAYS

Many of us here at the LHS are enthusiastic about the new Shelter Beautification Program. An application was made to St. Andrew’s for funding and we received $300 for paint and other supplies. This project is ideal for those with cat allergies who would still like to volunteer here. We need people to help out with lawn maintenance (it’s fine to pull weeds, but DON’T disturb Franco’s catnip grow op) and to do indoor and outdoor painting.

But wait – there’s even more good news. This month, ground will be broken for our Memory Garden. Master Gardener retired, Sandra Dowds has volunteered to supervise the plantings and will donate some perennials for this project. She’s the green thumb gal with the beautiful gardens at Century House on Bloomfield’s Main Street. Winstead Dogs has kindly donated some lava rocks to this project. The garden is being planted in memory of all of our residents who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. At its completion we will have a special dedication ceremony featuring our good friend Julian Gallo who’ll sing Memory from Cats.

The garden will be located adjacent to two of our outdoor catios and will incorporate seating. Anyone who has lost a beloved four-footed friend will be welcome to relax in this tranquil space and perhaps derive comfort from watching our residents enjoy the sunshine. Fair warning will be given that some of said residents will be kittens and hearts may be taken hostage.

Parakitty with her newly adopted Mom

Parakitty with her newly adopted Mom

Wonderful news for ParaKitty, our young resident who sustained a spinal injury in which he lost the use of his hind legs. He has found his forever home with one of our volunteers, Robin Keller. We know he is in wonderful hands, because Robin is a nursing instructor. She is also the owner of Hooty the four-eared cat who was at our shelter for a time. Now, over to Franco for some shelter gossip.

News Flashes From Franco

Hi, Ya. I’m a bit down in da dumps these days. Me safari business went belly-up an’ I had ta declare bankruptcy. Musta hunted all the snakes that was here. Ain’t caught a single one this season. My new hobby o’ mud-wrestling was makin’ me some bucks, ’til that scandal where I tested positive for catnip before one o’ me bouts. They barred me from fightin’ for the rest o’ the year. Life’s been tough, fer sure.

Mrs. M. has askt me ta put out the word that we needs a home for a special cat. The good news is that she’s a real beauty, a silver tabby with long hair. Accordin’ to Mrs. M. she’s “adorable”. I writ up this ad and sure hope somebody answers it. Wanted: Elegant silver tabby seeks new start in life. Is ten years old with hearing loss that prompts loud conversation at meal times or whenever something is required. Would prefer home with senior citizen who also has hearing issues. Has reputation as lap dancer – will happily curl up on any available lap. Apply to Loyalist Humane Society.

Sad ta tell ya that Roscoe an’ Sparky both crossed da Rainbow Bridge. We’ll miss ’em. I’m feelin’ kinda low, so will sign off now. Am plannin’ to go ta da Katnip Tea. Might lift me spirits. Them waitresses is foxy and the eats is good. The tenor aint half bad either.

Franco

Here’s some other candidates for forever homes:

Rain

Rain

Capital K is a male domestic short hair black and white.  He’s 11 years old and weighs 22 lbs 6 onces.  Capital K is a gentle giant.

Capital K is a male domestic short hair black and white. He’s 11 years old and weighs 22 lbs 6 ounces. Capital K is a gentle giant.

Simon is a male domestic short hair grey with a white bib and white socks.  He’s 1 year old and very friendly with children, cats and dogs.

Simon is a male domestic short hair grey with a white bib and white socks.
He’s 1 year old and very friendly with children, cats and dogs.

Cookie enjoying the outdoors

Cookie enjoying the outdoors

Sasha is a female domestic long hair silver tabby and white. She’s 10 years old, spayed and declawed. Sasha loves to be cuddled. She would be a perfect companion to a senior. Sasha is also deaf.

Sasha is a female domestic long hair silver tabby and white. She’s 10 years old, spayed and declawed. Sasha loves to be cuddled. She would be a perfect companion to a senior. Sasha is also deaf.

Ally G is a female domestic short hair tabby and white. She’s 10 months old and very affectionate. She also gets along well with dogs.

Ally G is a female domestic short hair tabby and white. She’s 10 months old and very affectionate. She also gets along well with dogs.

Spazz is a female domestic short hair calico. She’s 5 years old. Spazz recently came to our shelter after her owner passed away. Spazz came to Canada from Ireland about 4 years ago.

Spazz is a female domestic short hair calico. She’s 5 years old. Spazz recently came to our shelter after her owner passed away. Spazz came to Canada from Ireland about 4 years ago.

Paul is a male domestic short hair grey and white. He’s 2 years old and very friendly.

Paul is a male domestic short hair grey and white. He’s 2 years old and very friendly.

Bluegrass-2016

This year’s silent auction held on May 28th at the Quinte Isle Bluegrass Festival raised $2,000. Many thanks to all the volunteers at the shelter who helped out.

 

From the Desk of Liza

Good news at our shelter this spring. The Blue Grass Festival held last month went well and raised $2,000 for our shelter. The Fill a Truck drive at the Trenton Wal-Mart organized by our young volunteer Christopher Casey also was a big success.

Several new residents arrived here in May, including Capital K, which is very big news since he weighs 22 pounds. We also have Spazz, who originally came from Ireland. The LHS is going multi-national these days. Spazz was brought to Canada by her owner, who has now passed away. She is currently seeking a new home.

I’m off to choose a new hat for the Katnip Tea, perhaps something with feathers. I do like feathers. Please join us on June 26th for the social event of the season. Don’t miss it.

Liza
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  1. Sharon says:

    I love these stories. Keep up the good work.

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