Linsey the kitten is finding new hope — and hopefully a home — at the Metro East Humane Society following a rescue that likely saved her life.
On Nov. 28, SIUE Police Department Officers Linsey Rice and Maria Ferrari got a call about a kitten stuck in a woodpile. It took them a while to locate the kitten as she had wedged herself into a large log.
Once Rice managed to locate the kitten, she took a handsaw and cut the log in half with the help of Ferrari and their Sargent. After rescuing the kitten, the officers fed her a small can of tuna and put her in Rice’s purse.
“It was a group effort, for sure,” Rice said.
From there, Rice called the Metro East Humane Society to see if they had room for her.
“I didn’t want to take her to a kill shelter, just because I love animals,” Rice said.
Once Rice confirmed that there was space at the Metro East Humane Society, she drove the kitten out there and dropped her off, where the kitten was named Linsey after Rice.
Once the shelter received Linsey the kitten, she went through the standard intake procedure where she was looked over by a vet or veterinary technician, treated for any potential health concerns and put under an observation period.
“We always do full examinations; we always do wellness checks to make sure the animal is doing OK,” Metro East Humane Society Board of Directors member Dylan Brinkmann said. “We hold them under an observation period to make sure that they are doing fine, [and] not showing any signs of getting ill, usually.”
The animals are also placed under a hold period until they are spayed and neutered and kept until they are fully healed in order to ensure that there aren’t any complications before they are adopted. Once that is complete and they are microchipped and vaccinated, they are put up for adoption.
Political analysis graduate student Mica Coleman, of Springfield, Illinois, adopted a puppy from the Metro East Humane Society in 2016 and had to wait a short amount of time to take her home due to the fact that she had just gotten spayed.
“She wouldn’t be adoptable for a week to a week and a half, just because she still had stitches and they don’t like sending puppies home with stitches,” Coleman said
When an animal is adopted, the application process is generally easy. Applicants have to turn in a form with information such as if they live with kids, in an apartment or if they have other animals. In some cases, they have to call the applicant’s landlord to make sure they’re allowed to bring home a pet.
“[The application] only took a day to get approved, so it was a really short process,” Coleman said
Once the application is approved and the animal is ready to be taken home, the person adopting an animal has to fill out some paperwork and then the animal is theirs. They may still have to get their pet some vaccines on their own.
While the Metro East Humane Society does see an influx of animals in the winter, it is not usually cats.
“We get hit really hard with cats during the spring, with kitten season and stuff,” Brinkmann said. “Sometimes it doesn’t seem to stop, sometimes it slows down a little bit.”
The Metro East Humane Society is always looking for donors or people who can volunteer their time and help animals like Lindsey. You can visit their website at www.mehs.org if you are interested in helping.