Old News Archive

A Cat Named Clarance

February 26, 2008 - TRC

On Wednesday, February 20th, Laurie Brown called me from Clarance Langevigneís old house on Riverside Street and said she had a cat trapped under her porch. When I got there, she, her son Christopher and 2 of his friends were digging and shoveling.

Laurie explained that she had been hearing a cry from beneath her porch for 4 or 5 days. She has 4 cats of her own, so it took a while to isolate exactly who was crying and where it was coming from, but when she did, she jumped to action.

She and the boys had made a hole big enough for the frantic orange cat to stick his sweet face out, but the frozen earth stopped the progress. We went the entire width of the porch looking for a hole big enough to coax the kitty out, and each time he
cooperated, physics didn't. He couldn't get his head through.

It was so pitiful watching him try to pull himself out ! We talked to sooth him as I called Kirby to come help. He arrived with a magical tool, some kind of crow-bar thing and chipped and chipped and chipped away at the frozen ground and sure enough-it worked !

Out crawled a full-grown orange and white male. He was starved for food, water and attention !

We took him to the shelter, set him up in a warm room with plenty of food and water and he ate and ate and ate !

Well, he is still at the shelter. No one came or called to claim him. So if you are in the mood to adopt a very nice, neutered leukemia -negative cat, have we got the guy for you !

If you would like to help us in our efforts, we appreciate all donations !

Our mailing address is: PAWS, PO Box 81, Milo ME 04463.

As always there are other ways to help. We love having items dropped off on the porch of the shelter. Purina Cat Chow, laundry soap, bleach, Mr. Clean and wood shavings make us very happy ! Also, you can drop your spare change or whatever you can afford, into the cans at the Milo Farmerís Union. Also Three Rivers Redemption and Feed accepts donations of either money or cans and bottles for us.

You can also help by ordering a copy of UP ON THE FARM a compilation of stories of animal rescues and antics as told by me, Valerie Robertson. The stories will make you laugh, cry and get a feel for what it takes to be a crazy animal rescuer. Write to the above address if you would like a copy. The price is $10.00 (+ $3.95 shipping) and all proceeds go to PAWS to feed and care for the critters.

However you chose to help, we are eternally grateful ; having the support of our community gives us the energy to do the things that at times seem un-do-able !

Thanks to you, we are making a difference in the lives of stray, neglected and abused animals in our area.

By Val Robertson

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.