How Satchel was Saved from Euthanasia!
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I'd had my cat Satchel for 12 years.  She was always a problem cat and peed everywhere, I went through three sofas before I finally gave up on having a couch at all. I loved her, I resigned myself to coping with the problem behaviour by buying ... More ...

I'd had my cat Satchel for 12 years.  She was always a problem cat and peed everywhere, I went through three sofas before I finally gave up on having a couch at all.

I loved her, I resigned myself to coping with the problem behaviour by buying gallon jugs of cat pee neutralizer.

Then the time came where a new downstairs neighbour moved in.  She was highly sensitve to noise, and relentlessly complained to council that she could hear me walking and talking upstairs.

I had laminate floors put in about ten years ago, and when the neighbour started complaining, I put down pieces of carpet to try to appease her, but Satchel peed on every single piece I put down,.

Finally I was issued a $200 fine, and at the hearing I requested, one of the conditions was that I get rid of Satchel so that I could keep carpet down.

Naturally this was very upsetting to me, and I spent mornings in tears thinking that I'd never be able to find her a home, and that I may have to have her euthanized.  

I placed an ad hoping and praying that there was someone out there who could help me, and as luck would have it, an excellent option was offered to me;  A farm where she'd have two barns to roam in with 16 other cats, some miniature horses, and a whole lot of rabbits.

I drove Satchel out to the farm, it was an amazing set up ~ some of the cats came to greet us, and one of them was all curled up with the rabbits.

Joanne had a small closed off room where Satchel could stay for the first few days to adjust to her new surroundings.   Within a week, she bolted out of her private room to go exploring.

I think Satchel will be happier than ever, and wonder why I didn't take her to a farm sooner.

Joanne has chickens, horses, A LOTof dogs, ducks, and rabbits. The local SPCA regularly asks for her help in taking on animals.  She finances all the food and vet bills on her own dime, and I wanted to reach out on her behalf to ask if there are some kind people out there who would contribute to helping her.

I am eternally grateful for her kindness in taking on my cat, and tremendously relieved that I didn't have to euthanize my cat.   

Here's a count of the animals that enjoy a wonderful life on Joanne's farm:

4 miniature horses

1 standardbred horse

11 sheep

17 goats

41 rabbits

16 barn cats, 64 total

9 dogs

over 200 birds (ducks, geese, chickens, peacocks, pheasants, pigeons)

STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH; JOANNE'S STORY:

I have devoted my entire adult life to helping animals in need. In 1993, I purchased a 5 acre property with an old timer house and barn. Since then I have spent all my time, energy and money making improvements an adding buildings in order to create pleasant and safe housing for numerous animals. The farm now consists of 2 barns, a chicken coop with pigeon run, a large fenced area for the birds including a pond, a horse shelter, a cat house and a shed for storage. The farm which acts as a sacturary has been home to hundreds of animals over the years and is currently home to 400+ animals. At present, it is home to 5 horses, 11 sheep........... The animals receive the best of care. They are vaccinated, dewormed, treated for internal and external parasites, and receive nail/hoof care and dental care on a regular basis. For the majority of these animals, the farm was their last option. Many were headed for slaughter/euthanasia. Some I found as sickly or injured strays, some were dumped and some simply needed a home. My local SPCA knows my farm very well. They call on me on a regular basis to take on some "problem" or hard to place animals. I am not a registered charity and receive no donations nor any volunteer help. I spend thousands every month to cover feed and vet costs and this is from my own pocket.

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