Against my better judgment, I picked up a dirty, weak and limp little kitten from the sidewalk along Singalong Street, Manila.
At first I had thought it was dead. But upon closer inspection (big mistake that was), I saw that it was still breathing. I wanted to cry. I thought really hard for a moment. I was on my way to CARA Clinic to do some tasks. There are a lot of animals there and kitten has yet to be checked if he has anything contagious. No nearby vets were open since it’s a holiday weekend. And if kitten eventually turned out ok, CARA Clinic is already full. And. Our house is already full, too. All in all, it was one heck of an inconvenience.
But I imagined him being left there to suffer and slowly die under the heat of the sun. It broke my heart. I was certain the chances were slim that anyone would pick up a sick and dirty kitten. I got some tissue so that I could place him in a cloth bag without touching him. At least he looked comfortable. I half-wished he would painlessly pass away in the comfort of my bag. Haha.
I went to CARA Clinic and left him near the entrance away from the other animals. Got done with my business there and… two hours later, he was still breathing. I asked around and thankfully found a vet hospital open near my house in San Juan.
And so I brought kitten to Pet Project, which turns out to be a huge place. Doc Riza immediately attended to my sick kitten. I loved how she took care of my dirty and stinky baby. I was half-ashamed that he pooped and dirtied himself even more on the way to Pet Project. But Doc Riza didn’t mind. They immediately put an IV needle on his tiny foreleg to treat him for dehydration. The cage setup they prepared for him was too cute. They placed a heating pad under some towels and put it under a warm lamp. Kitten’s temperature was low and they had to bring up his body heat. Lifeless kitten actually gained a bit of life, woke up and took a look around. (As always, I forgot to take a photo because I was worrying too much about kitten’s health, about my growing pet population, and about the prospect of more vet bills.)
And since I’m planning to leave my other pets to board there, too, when I go on a trip in a few days, Doc Riza was kind enough to give me a tour of the place. I repeat myself. Pet Project is huge. So much breathing space for humans and animals. I am so glad I found this place. Boarding rates are reasonable. And if you want to go classy and rent a whole room for your pet, that’s also an option. I am really glad I found this place.
“My family is not confined to mother, mate, and child; but it includes all creatures be they tame or wild; my family upon this earth includes all living things, on land, or in the ocean deep, or borne aloft on wings.” ~ Alicia S. Carpenter
Update: November 4, 2014
Sadly, the little kitten I named Tiger passed away early this morning. He was too weak. I feel a little guilty because I did not even get to touch or pet him much. I was worried he had something infectious when it might have simply been a bad case of neglect. The passing of every creature makes me sad. But it comforts me to know that he was taken cared of in his last days.
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