Sometimes intake closed means when an emergency arises, you find a place to put a couple little kittens because the consequences of not doing so will result in pain and suffering – and maybe slow death – in a kitten.
Approximately three weeks ago we just couldn't take in any more cats but some of the kittens in the one feral colony had severe eye issues (same colony as some of our other "eye kittens" this year, large TNR project is underway). We couldn't take them in at the time but we were able to pay for a vet visit for the kittens. A couple of them were doing better but Lisa sent me a picture of the kitten on Saturday and it was clear we had to take him/her in ASAP. You could tell from the photo that the little (about 8-9 weeks) kitten's eye was about to rupture
We took the kitten in last night and had an appointment scheduled for today. When I went to bed at 3:30 last night, she was resting comfortable but when I woke up at 6:30, it was bleeding and was worse than last night. Our little emergency intake kitten had surgery to have her eye removed today. The bad news is, it might not be possible to save the other eye, but Dr. Teresa will do everything possible (working with Animal Eye Care as needed). This darling angel feels so much better with that bad eye out. She has a good appetite and chowed down her canned food this evening.
We did also take in her two siblings as we couldn't leave them. One has an eye issue also and Dr. Teresa is speaking with Animal Eye Care.
Last night's kittens are the "space kittens" - Supernova, Lunar, and Orbit. The Space Kittens came from the same colony as Juniper, Leela, Zoidberg, and Hattie McDoogal came from - all of them had eye issues. Juniper and Leela both had eyes removed, Hattie McDoogal made a full recovery and Zoidberg is doing well but has very limited vision and a "white" covering over one eye but Animal Eye Care was able to save the eye.
We can't save them all, but we can often save the ones with medical issues that no one else wants. And sometimes that erases some of the heartache of not being able to help them all.