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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

A Happy Tails Ending for Foster/Rescue Penelope!!


Remember the little news I gave you about an abandoned kitty we named Penelope and we helped in our neighborhood about three or four weeks ago?

Penelope was not spayed, was pregnant with three kittens and appeared to have been declawed. She also displayed very aggressive behavior toward Mom L where she lived in a large cage in her office. Both Mom L and Dad P received several bites that went deep enough to draw blood.

If you work with any feline shelter, rescue, public shelter then you know that “biting” that draws blood will end a cat in quarantine and likely euthanasia. And given that we thought Penelope was declawed we knew we ought not to return her to the outdoors where she had been abandoned.

What to do?? Kit Katie still needs a great deal of attention to help her get beyond being so hand shy. Mom L and Dad P could not foster Penelope long term and could not take her to our county animal services. Fortunately we have a very experienced Director at our animal services and we sought her, and other’s, advice and counsel including the shelter  Chief Veterinarian.

Long story short, we determined Penelope deserved an opportunity to live her life within her own abilities and we asked the neighbor who found her if she would allow us to return Penelope to her as an outdoor cat. Miss Debbie agreed quickly.

About this time, we learned that Penelope HAS CLAWS!! All this time, even though she was biting, she never ever used her claws. Mom L observed her using a cardboard scratcher and heard little claws “rip, rip, rip”! Penelope’s claws had been trimmed back past the quick, almost to the sheath!!! How painful!!! No wonder she was biting!!

Mom L and Dad P set Penelope up in a large cage on Miss Debbie’s front porch. We thought she would spend several days here being fed and getting to know the sound and smells so we could release her.

Well Miss Debbie and Penelope had a whole other set of thoughts in mind!! MOL!!!

Miss Debbie found she could open the cage, clean the litter box, give Penelope her wet food and Penelope never moved from her side. Penelope ate outside the cage and gladly returned to it once it was cleaned.

Standing outside the cage

Miss Debbie spent lots of time sitting next to Penelope’s cage and talking with her. And then she decided it was time for Penelope to come inside and meet their resident cat, Frankie and learn whether or not Penelope could be her inside lap cat.

What a change!!! Yes, Penelope is aggressive toward Frankie. Yes, Penelope still tries to bite. Yes Penelope loves a lap. Yes, Penelope has found a patient, loving human, Miss Debbie, who is working with her to bring her inside forever.

You can see that Penelope enjoys being inside. She also enjoys a nice lap and gives paw hugs to show her appreciation for a kind, patient human.

Dad P and Mom L took down the outdoor cage today, and Penelope is living in Miss Debbie’s office for now. They will keep on working to hopefully make Penelope trust that she is safe once again. But, even if she cannot adjust to being inside and cease her aggressive behaviors, she has found her forever home!

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Welcome home Penelope!!


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24 thoughts on “A Happy Tails Ending for Foster/Rescue Penelope!!

  1. Awww! Well done one and all, including Penelope! Happy endings make for happiness across the world so far as we are concerned.

  2. meowmeowmans on said:

    That’s awesome and amazing! Hooray for Penelope!

  3. Chris on said:

    Yay for Penelope and yay for Debbie!

  4. we iz BUZZED happee for ewe penelope; a MOST happee gotcha day N heerz ta 9000 mor ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  5. That is SUCH great news about Penelope! Paws up!

  6. That’s wonderful. Some of us biting cats do enjoy the indoor life. I hope Miss Debbie will continue being patient with her.

  7. 15andmeowing on said:

    I love a happy ending.

  8. chrisscatmeow on said:

    Such wonderful news and kind miss Debbie for giving her a forever home.x😻🐾💜

  9. OMC! We’re happy that such a good solution was found for Penelope. Paws up to your peeps and Miss Debbie.

  10. What pawsome news. Each paragraph was getting better and better. So happy that Penelope is in a wonderful home. This made our day. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful rest of your week.

  11. catladymac on said:

    What a lot of love and patience from EVERYBODY involved in making sure that Penelope will have a life ! Purrs and purrayers to all of you !

  12. The Swiss Cats on said:

    What a wonderful story ! We’re so glad for Penelope ! Purrs

  13. That truly is most wonderful, hooray Penelope!

  14. Colehaus Cats on said:

    *Happy tears!* Dear Penelope, we are so happy for you! Thank you for taking such care to find a good solution for her!

  15. Edie Chase on said:

    That’s very good news!

  16. ATCAD on said:

    This is wonderful news. We are so very happy for Penelope.

  17. Carole Schulman on said:

    Someone who had her before must have been incredibly cruel to her. She is thankfully learning that all humans are not the bottom of the barrel as the ones she was unfortunately with before she was rescued.

  18. Thank you for helping her. Will Frankie be okay?

  19. Sat here moved to tears by this. How generous is this kind lady and how patient to draw out the good side of Penelope. Not home and dry but a definite sense of growth and progress.

    WELL DONE!!!

  20. Good to see that she was NOT declawed and good to know she can go outside because she has been spayed NOW …
    Where did her kittens go? Did she not have them? Or did she have them and they got adopted?

  21. Congratulations on saving this beautiful girl! Spitty and I send you all and Penelope and her new mom lots of loves XOXO Gotta get you over here soon! Spitty has turned pretty friendly with visitors lately!

  22. Bruce on said:

    What a nice story,so glad to see Penelope maybe calm down and have a nice home with Debbie.Who wouldn’t want a sweet and caring mommy like her?Thanks to you mom L and dad P.Your hearts are so beautiful.

  23. we are so happy for penelope and thanks to you and to miss debbie for all your help… sometimes we can even do little miracles, can we?

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