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August 30, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Gimme Shelter

Proof if you give a mouse a lookie

He may not steal your cookie – only your heart.

Mouse. Pipsqueak rescued and sent to North TX to escape hurricane. ( Houston SPCA image)

“Wait. Wait. I said please.” Sigh.” If only my name was Mickey.” (Houston SPCA image)

Cornered and so small, he had no hope at all. 

Staff at the Houston SPCA were so moving quickly – seemingly oblivious to his pleas “Don’t forget me!”

He huddled among his pine shavings.

What chance had he? A discarded, three-legged mouse with a monster hurricane approaching.

The cutest would be saved first, he knew. They would have first chance at a new life…or life at all.

But surely someone could see the intelligence in his eyes…overlook his lost leg.

From an incident he preferred not to remember.

From a place where he and other animals desperately tried to survive among terrible conditions. Then suddenly, one day, kind hands had gently picked him up, taken him out of there, and told him he would be OK now.

That was then, this was now. 

“I’m not a dirty rat,” he wanted to squeak. “But I still would like to leave this sinking ship.”

Then, miraculously, his crate was lifted.

Pipsqeak was not forgotten, but being small, he was loaded towards the last…away from the cats…who might be nervous and thinking a snack might be calming.

He was not expecting such a big welcome at the North Texas shelter – nor that he became something of a celebrity.

Well, he always knew if he ever got a closeup, he’d charm someone.

So many hands went up to adopt him, that in less than 24 hours, he was placed in the perfect home – and, just in case, had a long wait list posted for him as backup.

Move 'em out. SPCA's rescue caravan hits the road ( Houston SPCA image)

Move ’em out. SPCA’s rescue caravan hits the road for Louisiana.(Houston SPCA image)

Now if that doesn’t make you smile in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, maybe this will:

The Houston’s SPCA completely cleared their shelter as the hurricane wobbled towards them in the Gulf.

As soon as the storm made landfall in Louisiana, the Houston SPCA was on the phone to shelters in Lake Charles/ Calcasieu Parish/ storm areas….well, actually to a hotel where shelter pets were finding safety as well as humans.

Friday morning a SPCA rescue caravan left to rendezvous halfway with the The Louisiana SPCA in Boyce, Louisiana. There 94 animals from Louisiana shelters were transferred over to Houston bound vehicles. The 4 hour return drive took longer than usual but slow and steady, they arrived late Friday night. The accommodations, menus, and staff were deemed acceptable and welcomed by the tired animals.

"OK now, who gets the double bed suite?" Finally arrived and ready for their room assignments (Houston SPCA image)

“OK now, who gets the twin bed suite and who requested a room with doggy door to a private patio?” Finally arrived and ready for their room assignments (Houston SPCA image)

Now here’s the big smile: As they were unloading the crates in Houston, two stowaways were discovered

Somehow, sometime two small kittens slipped into the van. Completely not on the boarding lists.

Maybe the older cats in the van purred “Jump now as you have never jumped before, kittens – your lives may depend in it!”

Maybe, like Pipsqueak, size is no measure of intelligence.

FYI: it’s BOGO for cat adoptions this week at the Houston SPCA! Twice the fun for just $20.00.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Happy Bull dog in crate. (Houston SPCA image)

“Mom said I had a face anyone could love. How about you?” (Houston SPCA image)


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  1. Pix Under the Palm Fronds / Aug 30 2020 7:41 am

    Very very sweet about Pipsqueak♥


  2. shoreacres / Aug 30 2020 8:40 am

    Such a cute mousie! It’s a version of the Marine’s code: no critter left behind!


  3. Littlesundog / Aug 30 2020 8:44 am

    Aw, what a sweet little mouse! It’s just so true, all lives matter!


  4. Kate Crimmins / Aug 30 2020 8:57 am

    Heart warming story. Shelters work hard these days to keep everyone safe.


  5. pensitivity101 / Aug 30 2020 9:47 am

    Tears at the heartstrings. Glad everyone is OK.


  6. sustainabilitea / Aug 30 2020 10:36 am

    Always nice to read an uplifting story these days, so thanks for that.



  7. mohawkvalleygirl / Aug 30 2020 12:05 pm

    I need a Love button for this one!


  8. marina kanavaki / Aug 30 2020 12:15 pm

    Oh, so good to read …and smile! 😉


  9. disperser / Aug 30 2020 1:22 pm

    Cute and a welcomed read in these days of strife and discord.


  10. The Coastal Crone / Aug 30 2020 1:40 pm

    You made my Sunday afternoon! So sweet. I could just see those kittens jumping. Who could resist a three-legged critter? Humans do incredible things for animals. Thanks for sharing some goodness.


  11. Anne Mehrling / Aug 30 2020 3:21 pm

    Aww!! What a wonderful story!


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