Friends, it’s been almost one year since I did those posts on Mila, the barely-alive kitty who my friends and I rescued from a local shelter. The Militant (great friend and rescue partner on this excursion) received a fantastic update today from Mila’s guardians, so I just wanted to relay the great news.
For those of you who missed the posts last year, here’s the quick overview:
I was at a local LA shelter with my friends the Militant and Parker, rescuing a bunch of “death row” dogs who were due to be put down any day. (See link to their story at the bottom.) The shelter was just about to close, when two women and a young girl came walking in with a shoebox that had what appeared to be a dead kitten.
They said this kitty had pulled herself out from underneath their house where she had been trapped for at least three days, with no momma or siblings anywhere to be found. So these good folks washed the blood off of her (from all of the flea bites!) and – not knowing that they would basically be handing her over to her execution – brought her to the shelter. (Shelters are just not equipped to deal with this level of medical trauma, so they will usually euthanize animals in this condition.)
We intercepted, and then quickly set up shop over at the Militant’s house. The next 24 hours were touch-and-go. We had to bathe her, give her flea meds, massage her to keep the blood flowing, and keep her between a heating pad and blanket, since she was so cold. And since she was so malnourished and dehydrated, we had to syringe feed her and give her subcutaneous fluids… even though she hated every minute of it. She had such a will to live, though, that within 24 hours, we knew she was gonna make it.
This short video details everything. Scope it real quick:
Mila’s New Life
As a result of the Militant’s tireless efforts in finding Mila a perfect forever home – which included live adoptions, postings at petfinder.com and her very own YouTube video – potential adopters went nuts for this little kitty. (So ironic, given her initial condition.) The Militant eventually placed Mila with what has turned out to be the perfect family.
These days, we understand from her papa guardian that Mila is quite the princess in her new home, with somewhat of an independence streak in her by day. (No surprise there.) By night, though, she becomes an affectionate “cuddle monster.” She adores – and is adored by – her big brother and sister cats, and she could not have found cooler human guardians to have invited her into their family. Basically, all is perfect!
To anyone who deals with animal advocacy, animal rights, animal rescue… you know how often you can potentially feel anger, depression, extreme frustration, and hopelessness. And then there’s the dark side of it all! Seriously, it’s rough, and we seldom are privy to the full, quantifiable results of our efforts. So when a story like this comes along, I think we all have to take it in, to savor it, to fully assimilate it… and remember the powerful karmic ripples that are set in motion with every act of compassion and sacrifice that you offer… even if those ripples remain unknown to you.
Until the next one,
Click here for Mila’s original entry.
Click here for the entry about “The Lucky 13” dog rescue mentioned in this post.