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The Slick Cat Talks About the Gulf Oil Spill and Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research

May 1, 2010

The Slick CatI 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.

Just Meowin’.

The Slick Cat

  1. May 1, 2010 8:09 am

    Many thanks for info about Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research. And yes, we do need to put paw pointing aside and instead put our paws together..yikes! The Princess, Miss Mia is really tired of that! I know that is looking for volunteers.

  2. May 1, 2010 9:43 am

    Hai Slick, that’s a rilly good topik to rite abowt so thanks you vurry much. I din’t know you wuz reskewed from living by a river, that’s an intresting story you shared. I hopes all teh anipals in da oil slick gets helped.

  3. May 1, 2010 5:53 pm

    Do they need donations? I will donate some of the proceeds of my next pin sale if it would help.

  4. May 2, 2010 8:52 pm

    Not sure if they need donations at this point. I am sure that BP will be paying them fur their services, however, they will need volunteers. My guess is that we will hear in the next few days what exactly they need.

    Just fur the record, I did pounce Slick later on. I can only be good fur so long…

    The Brew

  5. May 2, 2010 11:51 pm

    I saw at least 20 sea turtles found dead along Miss. beaches…. :o(

    Hi Slick *waves* great post. yeah I remember reading about how you got your name. Brew is one jealous sort huh.

  6. May 2, 2010 11:53 pm

    that emoticon is a mistake on my part. it should be this 😦

  7. May 3, 2010 7:44 pm

    I have verified that this is an accurate number. This is a BP hotline taking info for people interested in volunteering for the oil spill rescue and clean-up. Call 1-866-448-5816 to volunteer for the animals from the oil spill. They take your contact info and call you back.

    Also, here is a link to info on helping the wildlife affected by the oil spill: To report oiled or injured wildlife in the Gulf Coast area, call 866-557-1401.

    Thx to my furriend Teri Christopher (@Inquarters14 on Twitter) fur this great info. Please post any info that you might have here in my comments. Thx!

    The Brew

  8. May 5, 2010 9:22 pm

    Nice to hear from you, Slick. And at such an important time, too.

    I’ll keep an eye out on the news and Twitter and Brew’s blog to see if anyone meows anything we can do from Florida. It’s so sad to hear and see the animals caught up in this mess…

    But on a lighter note, you and BZTAT are so lucky to have found each other!

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