I just wanted to clarify the post from yesterday. When I said the shelter decided not to open, I should have said not to open for adoptions. The adoption cages are seperate to the smaller, more secure area cats and kittens are housed in at night. Because the shelter didn't open for adoptions, they didn't move the cats and kittens into the bigger communal play areas. However, there were still people working there that day, and all the cleaning, feeding, and dog walking was done as it is on any other day. The shelter doubles as the pound, and during storms they get a lot more stray and escaped animals brought in, so there were people working there all day. I think perhaps staying in the one cage for a longer period of time meant that the predator had longer to plan and lock on, and to get in with the kittens, and the fact the staff were so busy with all the incoming animals meant they didn't have a lot of time to spend with the kittens. With the conditions, only actual staff were working that day, not volunteers who often do a lot of the socialising and enrichment work when the shelter is busy. It would have meant less activity in the housing area, and that probably made it more attractive for the snake. I'm angry and horrified at what happened, but I didn't want to give the impression that the shelter had been negligent or abusive in any way. I'm sorry to have done so.
Polly is staying another night to undergo more tests and observation. When I go to pick her up, I intend on taking flowers for the people who were so kind to Dash. I can't begin to say how thankful I am to them for ensuring that he got to his Forever home.
For the last 36 hours, we have been under a cyclone warning. This meant that all the outside furniture and planter boxes had to be moved inside. Otherwise, there is a risk of it being lifted by the wind, and becoming missiles.
Fui and Suey are fascinated with the whole arrangement, and have spent a lot of time investigating the new set up! The cycone has now reduced to a tropical low, so we're feeling a bit safer tonight.