Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Loss and Rescue Go Paw in Paw


My readers all know that I, Mom L and Dad P, started an all volunteer organization called “Project Delta View Cats” soon after we moved to our wonderful permanent home.

Our first commitment was to make sure that an abandoned colony of cats, in out new city’s park right on the California Delta, was going to be humanely cared for. That means that we sponsor the cost of loving feeders who make sure that this colony of 20+ cats are fed once a day, with fresh water and that we also monitor their health and provide medical treatment when needed.

We regret to say one of our two most senior kitties, Homer, was found deceased at a feeding station just this last Friday. Our entire all volunteer group is in mourning for Homer’s loss. He has been at this colony most of his very long life. His loving feeders/caretakers found him collapsed next to a feeding station. Homer has been honored with a cleansing burial in a feeder’s property.

Mom L named this senior kitty who loved to have her give him pets, Homer. He had a most likely blind eye on the left, but nonetheless, darling Homer loved the attention of his human caretakers. There is no honor greater than to be accepted, trusted and even loved by an abandoned homeless community cat.

We all know that Homer is waiting for his caretakers/feeders at The Rainbow Bridge. Please take two minutes to read The Rescuers Final Reward on this link.

Our most senior kitty at this park colony is sweet gentle much loved Garfield. Our only ginger kitty.

Garfield is loved by his gentle feline guide, Miss Florence aka Florence Nightingale as she always is by his side to make sure he gets down the hill to get his soft food.

Joyfully we can now share that we have found Garfield a retirement home!! Garfield is about 16 years old, give or take a year or two. He deserves to no longer have to find a cool place in triple degree heat nor a dry, warm place in the winter.

Our heartfelt thanks go to our partners, Community Concern For Cats, for having found Garfield his retirement sanctuary. Project Delta View Cats will monitor his needs and provide him with food, and any medical care to his end of life.

Caring for abandoned community cats is so heart warming and also very heart breaking. We cannot keep them alive, just as our own house cats, forever. But, we can provide them with love, shelter, food and ongoing humane care.

Let me know in comments what you do to help your aging abandoned community cats find a healthy, loving  retirement placement.


PeeEss…you can donate to Garfield’s ongoing food, shelter, and medical costs on our web page; just note that your donation is for Garfield.

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15 thoughts on “Loss and Rescue Go Paw in Paw

  1. What wonderful work you do that allows senior cats like Homer and Garfield have a safe meal in their later years. We live in a semi-rural area, and I have only seen three unattached cats in the 24 years we’ve been here. One is Kommando Kitty

  2. Claudia on said:

    Homer knew where to be at the end of his life. He must have been saying thank you because he didn’t simply disappear like he could have. RIP Mr. Homer!

  3. meowmeowmans on said:

    We’re so sad to read about Homer. But happy for Garfield!

    Thank you so much for all you do for these kitties, sweet pals. XO

  4. Carole Schulman on said:

    I am truly sorry about dear Homer and all the others there. Thank goodness for the human love for the Colony that is there to help them. I am grateful myself to each of you.
    Kate Isabella

  5. 15andmeowing on said:

    Rest in peace Homer. I am glad Garfield will have a home. XO

  6. We’re sorry to hear about Homer. At least he was cared for most of his life. And that’s great news for Garfield!

  7. catladymac on said:

    Fly free Homer ! We send purrayers and Power of the Paw and blessings to Garfield and ALL these dedicated caretakers !

  8. homer; may your journey to heaven be swift; know you were loved and will be missed ♥♥♥♥♥

    N garfield; a MOST happy retirement to you ♥♥♥♥♥

  9. We know that dear Homer was loved and what more can a cat ask. Yes he was outside but it seems he lived on his own terms and that is as much as we all can wish for. Fly free Homer and we will meet when it is our time.
    It is such good news that Garfield will have his own forever home and we only hope that Miss Florence finds a new charge and maybe her own home. If she is willing that is. Thank You for all you do. I wish I could still get around but I have my Big Ginger coming for meals and hope Fanny is just eating prey and will be back when she is hungry
    Dad Pete and Fur Family

  10. The departures are so sad but we’re equally happy that Garfield found his forever home.

  11. Hi How are you? I’ll be home Wednesday. Call you later in the week. Me


  12. I’m so glad you are there for these community cats, but especially for the seniors. They couldn’t survive without you. I’m very sad about Homer – at least he was loved and cared for, even if he didn’t have his own four walls.

  13. we are so sorry for Homer …

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