Animal — Small Pet Rescue

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Metro Cat Rescue saved this mouse during a blizzard.

Here’s one of our more unusual animal rescues. Back on March 5, 2014 I found this white mouse running through the snow during a blizzard on the sidewalk of Kennedy Blvd. in Jersey City. As my eyesight is not the sharpest, the little guy’s guardian angel must have tapped me on the shoulder.

How did he wind up there? As a domestic mouse couldn’t survive for long in the cold, my guess is that some malicious person in the apartment house tossed him out the window.

His new name was Snow Ball. Since I didn’t want him to be saved from the cold only to wind up in a snake’s belly, Snow Ball found a home here. The accommodations included an exercise wheel and — his life’s joy — a cardboard tube from inside of a roll of paper towel. Snow Ball passed after sixteen months, a happy long life for a mouse.

Metro Cat Rescue has fostered infant squirrels and taken in a hamster put out with the garbage at the curb. We’ve cared for guinea pigs and gerbils that were no longer wanted. Homes also have been found for dwarf rabbits.

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Metro Cat Rescue found Meander the lost soul.

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Metro Cat Rescue found Meander the lost soul.

Back in November 2014, with the cold winter about to descend, Metro Cat Rescue found Meander the lost soul. He was walking in the street, completely unaware of the danger posed by cars. He was very friendly and very thin. Seeming to weigh little more than the fallen leaves cast about by the wind, he obviously had received poor nutrition for all of his young life. We’ve since taken him to the vet for neutering and he gets two solid meals a day. No forever home found, we continue to care for him.

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Metro Cat Rescue saved Tiptop from the cold streets.

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Metro Cat Rescue saved this kitten from the cold street. brought the little guy in out of the cold.

Tiptop (currently with a foster home) says, “It might LOOK easy being this cute, but it’s really a lot of work!”

Metro Cat Rescue brought the little guy in out of the cold.

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Juniper is one of the very lucky extremely few.

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Metro Cat Rescue saved Juniper.

Juniper is a very relaxed little roly poly — and that was even true when he was abandoned. We found him waiting patiently at a feeding area for feral cats that we were in the process of trapping to have neutered. When the trap was placed on the ground Juniper calmly walked in and sat down, happy to be headed home, this time forever.

Juniper is one of the very lucky extremely few. Most cats left to fend for themselves very quickly die from accident or starvation. Many succumb to exposure and disease. And there are those who die horribly as victims of sick and criminal people.

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Metro Cat Rescue gave Francesco a home.

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Metro Cat Rescue gave Francesco a home.

As a kitten, Francesco was given a bottle like a human infant, He still loves — all the many pounds of him now — to be held in the crook of an arm and rocked back and forth with his eyes closed in bliss.

Unfortunately, though his original owners liked to play with a kitten, that did not grow into a commitment to care for a grown cat. When he matured and began to mark his territory, instead of having him neutered, the same ones who’d bottle fed him and taught him to trust people put him and a sibling out on the street.

Metro Cat Rescue was too late for the other cat; that one was killed by a car. Thankfully, we have been able to provide Francesco with a home.

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Little Mitzy caught a cold and so took a trip to the vet.

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Metro Cat Rescue took this sick kitten to the vet.

Little Mitzy is the cutie in the picture. She was one of six kittens who were with their mom in an old car about to go to the junk yard. Metro Cat Rescue took them in out of the cold, The first image shows Little Mitzy sick and on the way to the vet; the second is her a couple of days later and thankfully well on the way to recovery.

The bill for this medical care alone was $184. Now, we have to get seven cats neutered, inoculated and tested and don’t have the money.

Luckily the kitten's recovery was speedy, but the bill was $184.

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Jemma’s kittens were going to die!

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In April, Metro Cat Rescue saved these kittens from a one-way trip to the junk yard. The little crew was in an old car that was about to be towed away. Metro Cat Rescue took them all in along with their mother.

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Say hello to the mom cat (newly named Jemma), now safe and sound with her whole family in the Metro Cat Rescue storeroom.

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