Saturday, July 15, 2017

First Week

Well.  The first week at the new job.  Between orientation, training, and starting at the office, it's quite overwhelming.  The amount of information I need to absorb is monumental, but I remember once upon a time when I didn't know how to do my OLD job, either, so it's just a matter of keeping my head down and plugging away.  The staff who are training me are very friendly and encouraging, which makes it a LOT easier. 

I'll get there!

Plus, our office is right down the hallway from the cafeteria, and the food is both good and cheap, so I predict it won't take me long to put all that weight I lost back on. :)

Last night, I trapped for the rescue at a local barn (the one from my July 3 post).

As sometimes happens when I'm trapping in a new place, we actually trapped two adults and a few kittens while we were in the process of setting other traps.  The kittens went with the founder of the rescue (pictured) to be socialized, and I put the adults in a quiet corner of the barn for transport in the morning.  This wee one went to the founder's house.

We were back bright and early this morning to check the traps - we caught a total of 9 cats and kittens overnight (not including the ones caught while we were at the barn), including a first for me - two cats in one trap:

Time to head for the vet's office - the adults for spays and neuters, and the kittens for vaccinations before heading to the founder's house for socialization.

At the vet's:

I was very excited when the vet said I could stay and observe (and take photos for the rescue's website and, well, for my blog, haha.)  I'd never seen a cat surgery before.  Now, these next few pics show surgery offices and surgery, so if you're squeamish, stop here.

Lots of paperwork:

And preparation:

The first cat is on the table and ready for her spay:

Here we go!:

And the actual moment of spay:

The vets and their staff were there all day long, performing the surgeries.  The kittens who were too young to be altered went home with the founder, and the adults will stay at the vet's office overnight before heading back to the barn in the morning.  We'll keep trapping every few weeks until we've got all the adults spayed and neutered.  We're on our way!


James P. said...

Well, ew. Wasn't QUITE ready for the guts picture. Figured it was repeats of earlier stuff. Maybe you can launch a new career of surgery photography.

Worthwhile day, for sure.

rockygrace said...

Hey, I had a "stop if you're squeamish" disclaimer in there!

And of course I was using a zoom lens - non-sterile me wasn't actually six inches from the surgical field. :)

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

Yup, I always get squeamish when I see paperwork :D So cool you got to observe. I think everyone should have a chance to do that if they want because it is so very interesting to see

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