I know that I usually give the Slick Cat a hard time, cuz I get jealous of the attention she gets from my human BZTAT. But I am gonna put that all aside, cuz she has somethin’ important to meow about today.
I am gonna let the Slick Cat have a guest post today.You’ll see why. –The Brew
Slick Cat: (looks warily at Brew, not sure she can trust him) Thanks Brew.
Hi Everyone. I am not much of one for blogging. I usually leave that to my egomaniac housemate Brewskie. But there is something really important that I wanted to share with you, so I appreciate you letting me bend your furry ears.
I know that everyone is aware of the big oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and you all are probably aware that it is getting worse by the minute. Lotsa critters are in harm’s way as we face possibly the worst ever environmental disaster ever to affect North America.
It is scary stuff.
I know it is scary stuff, because I survived an oil spill myself once. That’s how I got my name Slick, and that’s how I found BZTAT.
In the summer of 1995, there was a small oil spill on the Tuscarawas River here in Ohio, when a pipeline burst and filled the river with oil. It was nothing like this big spill in the Gulf, but it made the river a stinky gooey mess.
That river was my home. I lived on the riverbed and I played in the weeds and trees. It was also the home for many ducks and geese and herons and snakes and turtles and even a beaver.
A lot of those critters were covered with oil and had to be rescued. They had to be cleaned and cared for to return them to health. Sadly, some did not survive.
They thought I had oil on me too, because I have black patches in my fur. (I didn’t.) The rangers chased after me for 3 days before I finally let them catch me. I am glad I did, because I found BZTAT, who was volunteering and helping rescue the other critters. She took me home and we have been together for the last 15 years.
I was reflecting on all of this as I was sitting next to BZTAT while she was reading about the Gulf oil spill on the computer. We were both excited when we saw photos in the news reports of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research from Deleware cleaning the first birds to be rescued.
Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research (TSBRR) is the same organization that rescued me!
I am very saddened by this disaster. I am very saddened that birds and other wildlife have that gooey mess on them. But I am very glad that TSBRR is there to look after the critters. They are amazing folks.
I am sure that there will be many other worthy rescue groups working on this effort as well. They will need our support – financial and other kinds of support.
We don’t know all of what they need yet. But in the coming days, I am sure that the needs will grow. The Brew plans to follow this as close as he can and help get the meows out about how we can help.
Because critters are critters, ya know? Those wonderful birds and other wildlife did not ask for this.
If you learn of specific needs for TSBRR or other organizations, please leave links and other info in the comments here. Or tweet the Brew or send him an email. We want to do whatever we can to help.
I know that TSBRR helped me and changed my life.
We will all shake our heads about the tragedy. Politics will play out and lotsa paw pointing will happen, I am sure.
Regardless of who is to blame or who could have done what to make it different, we need to put our paws together to help the critters. Arguing those other points has to happen, but lets leave that to the humans to do in a different space.
Thanks for your thoughts, and thanks Brew for not pouncing me while I posted on his blog.
The Slick Cat