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We’re a little scared – kitten season is upon us and we don’t have enough foster homes! We need YOU to save the lives of these precious babies in our Milwaukee community!!!
The number of lives Milwaukee Pets Alive can save is directly correlated to the number of foster homes we have. The more people we have that will open their hearts and homes to these pets in need, the more we can save – it’s that simple!
And don’t forget about the adult cats – they need fosters to save their lives too!
During the warmer months, many organizations focus on little kittens to rescue, while adult cats are overlooked (adult cats are considered 1 year of age and older – there are many young 1 year old cats coming into animal control during the influx of kittens, too!)
MPA rescues animals ONLY from MADACC (Milwaukee Animal Control). MPA focuses on those animals there that may be passed over by other groups, with no other option for live outcomes, truly defining “life-saving”.
Be a part of it! Click on the “get involved” tab at the top of this page, then click on “become a foster” to find our foster application. Print it out, fill it in, then return by one of the means indicated on the top of the application (the application is not fillable – it must be printed out to be completed).
Don’t delay – beautiful feline lives are waiting for you to save them! We can’t wait to hear from you - Meow!
MPA Says Goodbye To Our First Rescue Bunny Tina Turner...
It is with heavy heart that we tell you that our hospice bunny, Tina Turner, passed away yesterday afternoon. We rescued Tina from MADACC on 12/16/13 and took her to our vet that day as we do all of our pets where our vet discovered multiple tumors on her body. Removal and biopsy of one of the tumors revealed cancer. We didn’t realize it until we got Tina into her foster home and comfortable that she was completely unsocialized to humans. Whoever had her before may have very well just used this beautiful, unspayed, little gal to breed more supermain lionheads (her breed) but it was clear she had very little if any human interaction. Then likely when she was found to have tumors, she was dropped off at MADACC.
All living things deserve better than that type of life, and that type of goodbye, so we were going to make sure she was spoiled and knew she was loved - for however long she had on this earth. Tina loved all types of veggies and fruit her foster mom shared with her - and she loved to munch on toast! Tina put on weight from the slight 3.2 lbs we rescued her at from all the delicious and nutritious foods foster mom made available to her.
And today we remember the part all of YOU had in making Tina feel cared for. It brought tears to our eyes when many of you came to our Sunday Petsmart events, reached out with a bag in your hand and said to us, “For Tina Turner”. You brought her toys, and timothy cubes (her favorite!), and bedding. You all are so amazing - we are so lucky to have you as supporters, and Tina was so lucky to have you as her “guardian angels”. And we can’t forget the generosity you extended when we put out a plea for financial donations to cover the cost of her diagnostic tests and visit to the small animal clinic in Menomonee Falls which allowed us to put together the best course of action for Tina by knowing all we could about her medical status.
When we were trying to communicate test results between our regular vet clinic, the small animal clinic, and the lab that was reading her test results, our director spent a lot of time on the phone with one of the receptionists at Brook Falls clinic. Never having met the receptionist there - just having talked on the phone - all of our volunteers who staffed our booth at the Pet Expo in February got a chuckle when a man came to our table and asked, “Tina Turner’s rescue?” LOL! It was the receptionist from Brook Falls who wanted to put a face to the name of the rescue that had Tina Turner While we humans were not Tina’s favorite to hang out with, our happiest moment for her was when we got the idea to try placing single guinea pig Domino sitting in a cage next to single rabbit Tina together so they’d both have a companion...and it worked!
These two became quite the little buddies. They enjoyed eating fruits and veggies together and flinging their toys in their cage. They were so cute together - and they really became bonded as evidenced when we took the pair outside on a nice day this spring and Tina got scared and Domino snuggled against her then embraced her as if to protect her and reassure her, he was there and she was okay. Their photos together melted the hearts of all that saw them. She may have had a friend for the first time in her life (thank you, Domino!). Our feisty girl with the wild hair that caused a smile (or giggle) to emerge on every face that saw her, we will miss you.
A very, very special thank you to her incredible foster mom who, despite the sassy-pants behavior of Miss Turner and cancer diagnosis to boot of her new foster, she didn’t hesitate to let us know that as long as Tina was with us, she had a place in her home. It is unbelievable, selfless people such as her that give us the strength to help these animals in need, and hope for the future of all.
So tonight, raise a glass, light a candle, say a prayer - or however you personally do - but please remember our Tina. She was loved here. Rest in peace, sweet girl.