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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

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Returned—”What did I do wrong?”

HIYA!!  SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Oh My Cat!  Do I have a tail tale for you that you are gonna just luvluvluv—no ending just yet—but progress!!

I haven’t given you all the whole story about my latest Paw It Forward Project. You have had some glimpses but I didn’t wanna say too much until I was sure Mom L had some stories to share that will lift your hearts.

You know that I have been directing Mom L in her work with the community cat colony that is close our home, right? I have shared some other stories from this very same colony, like Strider’s tale, but there are so many tails tales to share from our ongoing “Move the Friendlies Home” work with this colony.

Right now I wanna make sure you hear about sweet Koko. When Mom L first started working with the feeders of this community cat colony so close to us that Mom L can walk there—I never knew there would so many “friendly cats” we were gonna be able to help.

Right now, I wanna  share about one of the three first cats Mom L and Dad P caught up in their rescue net way back in January of 2018. Koko was a really new member to the colony, he had only been showing up for about three weeks. But Mom L saw that “he” needed a little snip-snip if he was gonna hang out. So Dad P scooped him up in their first capture of friendly cats in hopes of getting him not only neutered, but also to have his badly infected eye treated.

Well, Koko, who always did figure eights around the feeders’ legs when he was being fed, turned out to need  his right eye enucleated. It could not be saved. So Koko recovered from that surgery, but he was extremely shy after.

Nonetheless, as a resident of the Contra Costa Animal Services shelter, he was soon made available to adoption and indeed he was quickly adopted.

But, sadly, Koko was returned after two months with his adopter. He was shy and  they were working twelve hours a day and had no time to spend with him at night. NOT THEIR FAULT! Simply a case of the adopters not having the experience with a kitty who has just lost an eye on top of being dumped only weeks prior to that surgery by his former caretakers. Koko was a throw away, damaged kitty who the adopter thought they could manage. Not so.

Long story short—Koko was thankfully returned to animal services just last week.

But Koko thought maybe there was something wrong with him. Thankfully, Miss Sue, who volunteers at animal services, found a place where Koko can recover and find his forever family. Pet Food Express is a fabulous pet product retailer who always gives back to the bay area community. Their store in a larger city in the East Bay had space for Koko and Mom L and Dad P took him there yesterday, Saturday, April 21, 2018. He is the only resident in this facility but will soon have others joining him I am pretty sure!

Mom L visited Koko today, Sunday,  and check out what she could do with him after only twenty minutes of her singin’ her stoopy made up songs!

Ahhh…now that is nice!

And then Koko really “cut loose” for him!! He purred and let Mom L touch his TUMMY!!

Koko even relaxed enough to stretch out.

I apologize for Mom L’s lousy photo skills, but she was lying on her side reaching into a small cubie where Koko was hiding out.

Here are some photos of Koko’s current digs. He is gonna be the hit of the cat adoption parade!!

Please SHARE this post about Koko. He can really use some peeps supporting him getting a great new family. He is starting to feel better about himself, but right now, he still thinks he has done something wrong. Please helps him learn that NO CAT does anything wrong when humans abandon, mistreat and dismiss them.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

And The Happy Tail Endings Keep Coming

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!

Sure hope you aren’t gettin’ bored with all my Happy Tail Endings lately. And if you are then you might not wanna come back to visit me for a while ‘cuz I have a bunch more coming along!

Mom L has been working with the primary feeder of a long standing cat colony very close to our new home. When she first met the feeder, Miss Tina, they both talked about a new member of the colony who was clearly not yet “fixed”.

Now you might wonder just “how” does a human determine whether or not a cat is “fixed”. What I am about to show you is X Rated, yet necessary to demonstrate how Mom L knew she had to get this cat “fixed” fast!

Sorry to be so graphic, BUT, in a community cat colony it is not easy to tell if a new member is spayed or neutered. Thankfully this cat was obviously NOT neutered! The lady cats require a more thorough “investigation” and often they do not tolerate this intrusion. Fortunately Marmalade, as a short furr male cat made it obvious.

He was so friendly and loved receiving pets and head rubs. So Mom L just tossed some kibble into a cat carrier and he walked right in!!. Off he went to our wonderful caring Contra Costa Animal Services shelter.

Mom L wanted him to have a name so she called him Marmalade. She saw that he had a swollen eye and just knew he must have a wound or perhaps a Cat Cold. Good thing she took him right away to the shelter. You see, Marmalade had a condition called “Entropion“. His eyelashes were growing inward and were constantly rubbing on his eye ball. OUCH!!

Thankfully, Marmalade found immediate care at the shelter. They neutered him, and also repaired his eye lash growth. Now Marmalade was not a happy camped because he had to have the cone on, but when Mom L visited him, all he wanted was a good chin scritch!

Here you can see Marmalade in his three to four month time at this cat colony.

Such a handsome mancat, don’t you think?

He was a gently member, never ever shoving any other cat away from the food bowls. You can see him circled in red.

Now for the Happy Tail Ending. Marmalade had his stitches removed and his cone removed—and within twenty-four hours he found his forever family. A couple wanted an adult cat, who was loving and who wanted affection. When the adoption counselor opened the cage where Marmalade was being kept due to his medical treatment—well…Marmalade just about LEPT into their waiting arms!!

And there you have it! Another Happy Tail Ending proving yet again that cats deserve adoption, even if they have lived in a cat colony!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

 

Pumpkin the Abandoned Adult Cat—A Happy Tails Ending

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Do you remember my Paw It Forward Project to help get Pumpkin, an abandoned adult cat, away from living on a street corner?

Mom L did an “owner surrender” of Pumpkin to our wonderful Contra Costa Animal Services shelter. There were no fees and if he did not adjust to living in the shelter Mom L could pull him back and return him to the home on his street corner. Apparently from what Mom L learned from his feeder Miss Kandi, he has been living on the street corner for over fifteen months after being abandoned by tenants in the apartments on that corner. Miss Kandi was more the willing to continue to feed and care for Pumpkin if he found the animal shelter too much to bear.

Here is where he lived for all those months, in summer heat and last winter’s heavy rains.

This is the other side of “Pumpkin’s Corner”.

He lived under the plants and on the redwood bark chips

All those bark chips made it so hard for Pumpkin to keep his lovely white socks clean. He ate behind an electrical box and watched longingly as the world passed him by on his corner.

Well times changed for Pumpkin as soon as he arrived at the shelter.

Hmmm…this might not be too bad

They shaved off lots of his fur mattes and he found he could groom himself better without living in that redwood bark chip. And he also realized he liked being held.

Yup!! I am gonna really like this a ton!!!

Pumpkin was immediately placed in the shelter free roaming Kitty Korner where he had not problem with the other cats. That led the San Francisco SPCA to pull him within less than a week!! The SF SPCA has large free roaming cat rooms and they knew Pumpkin was going to fit right in.

Mom L doesn’t know “where” Pumpkin’s forever home is. BUT—Mom L never even saw him go up on their website! Rumor has it that it is likely that someone who works at the SF SPCA saw Pumpkin and adopted him for their very own!!

I like to think that Pumpkin is living in some snazzy San Francisco penthouse and dining on caviar served to him in Waterford crystal!!

Now don’t ya think this deserves to be titled a “Happy Tails Ending”??? Let me know what you think in comments!!

APAWS!!   APAWS!! FOR PUMPKIN!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

PeeEss—I promise to tell you all about Andi’s Happy Tails Ending next Monday

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