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Watch Rufus Grow! (Chapter 4)

GREAT NEWS! Rufus has playmates!

Last we posted, we were in the dark about FIV transmission between mom cat and kittens.  Having talked to many veterinarians and read much literature on the subject, we have learned that Rufus can be with other kittens and cats safely.  They won't contract FIV.  The virus doesn't pass through mucous membranes, which means that there has to be a penetrating bite to infect another cat.  The danger is nil. 

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*Help* Rufus Grow!

We're looking for a cat-free household to foster sweet little Rufus!

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Watch Rufus Grow! (Chapter 2)

Little Rufus finally opened his eyes this week!

Kittens' eyes usually open around ten days of age.  However, Rufus, who was born 3/8/2015 (as estimated by his weight), didn't open his eyes until he was TWENTY-THREE DAYS OLD!  This is a record for Thundering Paws. 

Rufus opens his eyes!

Now fully open, his eyes will probably stay blue as it looks like he is a Siamese mix kitten.

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Watch Rufus Grow!

Blog author: 
Anne Zabolio

Rufus!On Thursday, March 19th, a couple found a kitten in the parking lot of Evangeline's, a restaurant in the Brodie/Slaughter area. Because they were in a work truck, the man put a cone behind it when parking. When removing the cone, he found the kitten behind the tire!.

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Life With Cats featured story

Randi, one of our recent rescues, is featured on the Life With Cats website. Check out her story here:

http://www.lifewithcats.tv/2014/11/02/cat-overcoming-amputation-and-finds-forever-home/

Many thanks to Sharona at Life With Cats for sharing our work with her readers!

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Lila

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Anne Zabolio

LilaSaturday night, October 8th, the manager of Flores Restaurant on Highway 290 in Dripping Springs called Thundering Paws to report a cat lying in their parking lot, probably having been hit by a car. We got there around 6 p.m. to find a tortoiseshell cat who could not walk, but who was decidedly not going into the box that a kind family was trying to use to save her.

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First Rescues

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Anne Zabolio

My life just seemed to decide itself to be devoted to animal rescue. I had seen stories of "crazy cat ladies" being forcibly separated from their kitties because they had gotten so out of control and I really couldn't think of what separated me from them except good health and, therefore, an ability to hold down a job and, therefore, the means to spay and neuter everyone I took in.

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Recent Rescues

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Anne Zabolio

Williamson County Rescues.

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Common Questions: Where Do Our Cats Come From?

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Anne Zabolio

This is the second most frequently asked question when people find out my occupation. We have taken them out of Town Lake Animal Center and other "kill" shelters. We have taken them from people who can no longer keep their cats. Some have walked up the driveway. Once I was driving down Mopac and saw a cat sitting atop the concrete barrier by the side of the freeway, speeding cars on one side and a fifty foot drop on the other. It was a harrowing rescue, but he let me pick him up. However, the main way we get cats now is through our volunteers.

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July, the Whole Year Round

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Anne Zabolio

Jennifer Pospisil, a Thundering Paws donor, called us to ask me to trap a cat in downtown Austin. "Anne, this cat is skin and bones," she said. I know that Jennifer prefers her cats "full-bodied," so I wasn't too worried about the kitty. However, I grabbed a trap and headed for 5th and San Antonio Streets.

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