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A Happy Tails Ending for Foster/Rescue Penelope!!

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

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!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

UPDATE: Remember where foster Katie was found?

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

How many of you remember where our foster Kit Katie was found? Be honest, tell me in comments. This is a trick question kind’a!

Mom L took Kit Katie to an adoption event at Petco on this past Saturday. This adoption site has been filled by our partners for Project Delta View Cats for about twenty years. Community Concern For Cats has made this Petco a major adoption happening! Anyway, Mom L took Kit Katie and met someone who pretty much blew off Mom L’s socks!!! MOL!!!

There was a very pretty, somewhat shy young female kitty at this adoption event. Mom L got to talking with the kitty’s foster Mom and guess what?

Where have you seen this kitten before on my blog?

Kittens still trying to be kittens

Do you think THIS is the same kitten almost one year later?

SQUEEEEEE!!! Mom L met the wonderful lady who fostered FOUR of the kittens from that ugly apartment cat hoarding situation Mom L and Dad P and Miss Stacey worked through last year, June and July 2018!!!. We never knew where the live nine kittens we rescued ended up. But now I can give you a peek at four of them and all have the best ever happy tails endings!!!

The kitten above is names Squeakers. She is just adorable. A bit shy, unlike her brother who was adopted quickly after being rescued. He was about eight to ten week old when adopted. You can see him still in the hoarding apartment and then once he was free with his foster Mom  and Dad. ( you must hover over photo to read captions)

Cooper was the only boy kitten out of the four that Miss Nancy agreed to foster. The other three were as timid as our sweet Kit Katie. Check out the two tabby kitten she fostered, Jimmie and Willa May. Jimmie was apparently the runt of a litter and very tiny and not expected to survive. But Mom L handed him and another weeks older tabby girl off to our trusted partners at Community Concern For Cats. Mom L knew that Miss Gemma could bring Jimmie back to a full life. And she DID!!

Jimmie and Willa May were so bonded. They were not litter mates because we knew Willa May was a few weeks older. But just look at how much they loved each other.

And YES!!! Jimmie and Willa May were adopted together about two weeks ago!! APAWS!!!

Here is a great photo of Willa May, Jimmie and Squeakers.

We must always remember that saving one life always means we are saving so many other when we practice SPAY and NEUTER!! All four of these kittens were the result of someone who didn’t bother to get their mom cat and dad cat spayed and neutered. They were born into a horrible filthy environment just like our foster Kit Katie. Thankfully three of these four kittens are in loving homes and soon we know that Squeakers will be in her own home too.

Hope you find inspiration in seeing the Happy Tails Endings for four of the kittens Mom L and Dad P rescued last Summer from an apartment hoarding situation. Again, this is where we found sweet Kit Katie.

HAPPY TAILS ENDINGS ROCK!!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

 

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