Ark Animal Sanctuary – Week of April 27, 2022

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About a month ago we took in a cat that had settled in someone’s yard. We were contacted and agreed to take the cat. She was captured alive and taken to the ark. When we got her out of the trap, her belly was very big and round. We knew right away that she was pregnant.

About a month ago we took in a cat that had settled in someone’s yard. We were contacted and agreed to take the cat. She was captured alive and taken to the ark. When we got her out of the trap, her belly was very big and round. We knew right away that she was pregnant.

We set up a safe, quiet place for her to have her babies and we named her Blue Bell. Blue Bell was very shy and stressed; She had no idea we were trying to help her. She gave birth to two healthy babies around 5pm last Wednesday. About an hour and a half later, she gave birth to a third stillbirth. She tried so hard to cleanse and revive it, but it wasn’t to be.

I sat with her until about 11 o’clock that evening. There were no more babies so I left. The next day things seemed pretty normal, but later that day, 24 hours after going into labor, she gave birth to two more stillborn babies. Poor Blue Bell was having such a rough time and there was nothing we could do.

Blue Bell, a stray who was brought to the Ark, was pregnant at the time of her arrival.
(Courtesy of Lorraine Monfils)

I think she appreciated that we didn’t leave her alone but stayed with her. Once she put her little paw in my hand.

The whole process started on Wednesday and by Friday she hadn’t used the litter box once. We were concerned that there were more dead babies inside her. She growled when we touched her stomach so we would know she was in pain.

We called the Brewer Emergency Vet Clinic and they told us to see her. We collected her and her two babies and headed to Brewer – two hours away. Once there she was x-rayed, the good news was there were no more babies but there was plenty of poop. Blue Bell was really constipated and very unwell. She was given fluids and an enema. By midnight she still hadn’t left so we were sent home with specific instructions.

Finally, on Sunday morning, Blue Bell had a bowel movement. Blue Bell is resting comfortably and taking very good care of her two babies.

Blue Bell is one of the lucky ones. She made it to a safe place to have her babies, although the outcome was not happy. I have to wonder how many out there never have their babies in a safe, clean place. Labor in cats doesn’t always go smoothly. Sometimes things can go horribly wrong.

There is a simple solution to all of this – spay and neuter your pets. There’s no good reason why you shouldn’t. With the excuse that you can’t afford it, it doesn’t fly. If you can’t afford it, you shouldn’t have a pet.

I know we preach the same thing every time. Our hope is that if we tell enough of these heartbreaking stories, it will finally sink in.

In the world of animal rescue, we’ve settled with so many cats struggling to give birth; cats that have been abandoned and are sick; Cats that have never been treated by a veterinarian. We sit with them because it is important to us and we want to help. We do everything we can to help them. We cry when we lose her.

These cats are not ours and it is sad to say that in most cases we care for them more than their owners. If you are reading this and have a pet that is not spayed or neutered then you are part of the problem. You can be part of the solution if you choose to be. I hope you choose to change the life of an animal. Please spay and neuter.

Thank you for your continued support and, as always, thank you for reading our column.

The Ark Animal Sanctuary is located at 101 Old Woodstock Road. To contact Lorraine Monfils, call 207-532-7387 or visit her Facebook page.

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