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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

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Hungry Colony Cats and a New Venture

HIYA!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Mom L and Dad P started their weekend off just right. They took over feeding a colony of 27 community cats, all abandoned by humans, at a local city park. And those kitties were ready for some chow!

They get a mixture of dry food, wet food and some water. This helps them build their fat for the cold winter months. And their fur coats are deep and thick now!

We had about 22 cats between the first feeding area and the second.

We are having a good bit of rain which is great for our California drought, but not so great for the colony cats who have had there primary foliage buzz cut by the city park maintenance crew. All the trees you see in the photos below used to have limbs, foliage down to the ground so we could fee the cats with more seclusion. So worried that now we won’t have the new feeding stations set to be installed later this month with more seclusion for the cats.

And Mom L and Dad P found yet another homeless camp set up right near our first feeding area. The worry is that this park is used by lots of families with young children and we never know if the homeless are using drugs. It is not safe for the kids if they get curious.

For those of you who feed large community cat colonies in public parks, this will not be new news for you. But I wanted to share the challenges Mom L faces all the time as she tries to care for our #ProjectDeltaViewCats aka PDVC. We will soon have an official Face Book page and a 501c3 page for donations. This is a partnership Mom L and Dad P have been working on for almost a year. It is a partnership between our county animal services, our City of Pittsburg and now we have finalized partnerships with Friends of Contra Costa Animal Shelters (FOCCAS) for our fund raising donation site and with Community Concern For Cats (CC4C) as our Spay/Neuter service provider!!

And—wait for it—wait for it—we just received a $5,000 grant for Return to Field efforts from Maddie’s Fund!!! #ThankstoMaddiesFund. This grant will go through CC4C to cover the cost of Spay and Neuter and some medical care and equipment needed to get our pilot program moving along the waterfront area on the California Delta in the City of Pittsburg.

So that’s how my week started, how about you? How did you week get started? What are you up to? Let me know in comments!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

PeeEss: I am still trying to help Mom L and Dad P with their appeal for help with the unexpected medical costs to bring Katie and Lilly back to health so they can find their forever home.

My Go Fund Me site has all the medical costs and more details about the battle for health with each kitten.

Thanks to all who are willing to SHARE this appeal across all avenues of social media.

My pal Brian, from Brian’s Home, asked his Dad Terry to make an awesome graphic to use as the symbol for our fundraiser appeal. Please feel free to grab it from this post and use it yourself!! Isn’t Brian the bestest??!!!

This badge is smaller version. The one below is the larger.

You can find our fundraiser here or by clicking badge below.

Returned Again!

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Well I never! I mean here I go and shout it to the roof tops, or at least to the tops of my internet tower…anyway, I shout it loud and clear that my Paw It Forward kitty Miss Gemma had a Happy Tail Ending. And this was her second adoption.

Remember I told you about her first adopter who allowed one of their dogs to bite her, wait for that bite to get such a horrible abscess Gemma needed a drain and stitches by the time that foolish family returned her to Contra Costa Animal Services.

After she had her stitches out, Gemma was moved to a fab place at Pet Food Express. Remember I showed you how great it was when Koko went there too. The staff loved Gemma and were so excited for her when a couple with a two year old toddling human adopted her. They firmly advised them to set up a safe room just for Gemma where she could get to know every nook and cranny and where they could interact with her OFTEN and calmly and quietly.

Gemma was again returned to Contra Costa Animal Services. Mom L was in tears for precious Gemma!! Long story short, the couple put Gemma in their laundry room where they continued to use those scary noisy machines. Then they let her out at night, and she would of course like any sensible cat hide under a bed. So in all their human wisdom they used the vacuum cleaner to scare her out!!! So they returned her saying she was too shy and needed a more quiet home!! DUH!!!

Pet Food Express welcomed Gemma back with open arms. And guess what? She is such a resilient cat and still trusts humans. Mom L had no problem getting to give Gemma tummy rubs the first time she visited her at Pet Food Express. Gemma has another adult and some kittens to keep her company so Mom L only goes to visit every couple of days. Please wish Gemma better good fortune her third time around. Don’t you just wanna give her a great big squeeze she is so cute!

I love hanging out next to a warm human

Gemma is the biggest purr bug! Look at her snugglin’ next to Mom L’s leg.

Ohhh…I adore you so much I have to make some biscuits!

And Gemma is an equal opportunity cat, so she had no trouble sharing some rubs with Dad P too.

Let me rub my furs on you so’s you remember me

I’d sure be purring up a storm if my readers will share this post to help Gemma find her purrfect family. She deserves a kind, sensitive human family with patience…not to mention brains enough to know how to follow instructions from the adoption counselors!!! If you have any advice I can pass along to Gemma, let me know in comments.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Don’t Miss This Happy Tail Ending

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Do you remember my  blog post a week or so ago about darling Koko? Another “friendly” colony cat Mom L collected to set on the path to adoption. If you recall, he was returned and things were not easy for Koko after being ignored by his adopter for two months before they returned him to the shelter.

Well, Dad P and Mom L were visiting him every other day at Pet Food Express where he was moved to by the shelter. A great location for him but he still languished and remained in hiding. The staff are all cat savvy and expert adoption counselors, but they began to fear he might need to go back to the shelter as he didn’t appear to be making progress. But they agreed to keep him another week. Thank Ceiling Cat they did!! Slowly Koko began to stick his head out of his cubby hiding spot.

 

He moved closer to the opening and was now keeping his eye open, not shut tight to close out the world.

So the last time Mom L and Dad P saw Koko, they were visiting him as usual. But as they approached the enclosure where he and Gemma were housed, they thought their eyes were playing tricks on them. There was Koko, out of his hiding place, walking tall and proud across a bench in his enclosure!!! Mom L was so stunned she forgot to even take a photo.

Now just what managed to get Koko to gain confidence enough to stroll around his enclosure?? Go on, what do you think happened?

Come’on…just take my paw and let’s go home

Ok, I’ll tell you. We all feared that as more and more kittens were being moved from the shelter to the location where Gemma and Koko were that people would really ignore them. They are after all adults and black.

HAH!!

Here is who gave Koko his mojo back!! KITTENS!!!!

When the staff placed three kittens in the same enclosure with Koko and Gemma. Koko decided they needed a big brother to show them around! It was amazing! He had been out and about and even drew the attention of not one, not two but THREE potential adopters!

Mom L and Dad P went in to visit him and lo and behold, he PLAYED with a feather toy with Mom L! The video is only 17 seconds and worth the watch!

Koko even allowed Mom L to take him onto her lap and he didn’t try to leave! What a change.

I got you little feather!

Koko was adopted about two hours after Mom L and Dad P left him that day. A nice woman who knows cats fell in love with Koko and the staff did a thorough vetting of her before they all agreed that Koko had indeed found his forever home.

Please wish Koko well in his new home and life. I hope you enjoy learning about the colony cats we help with my Paw It Forward Project—Project Delta View Cats. Let me hear in comments if you wanna learn more about the colony and the other cats who have had successful adoptions.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

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