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It Takes A Village…

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

That old human adage—”it takes a village” is true for what it takes to rescue an abandoned community cat in danger. Mom L and Dad P are co-founders of a nonprofit TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) all volunteer group, Delta View Cats (DVC)  dedicated to helping these cats in our city of Pittsburg, CA.

Of course, this is one of my most ambitious Paw It Forward project ever!!They are carrying it out under my paw tracks guidance. This story was first written by one of our DVC volunteers who pawticipated in this rescue story. Mr. Chris and Mr. Mauro were present the night Stormy was finally saved and Mr. Chris wrote this about it.

Shivering, hungry, and covered in fallen leaves

On Saturday, July 31, during their routine, daily, community cat colony feeding at Riverview Park, a couple of volunteers with Delta View Cats (deltaviewcats.com), a nonprofit trap-neuter-release organization in Pittsburg, heard a loud yowl and went to investigate. They found an adult, black kitty in one of the park’s storm drains.

We suspect Stormy was abandoned in the park, an all-too-common practice. We found a cat carrier in bad shape near the storm drain.

It would make sense that this frightened feline, an apparent domestic cat, dumped through no fault of his own, would retreat anywhere to safety from park traffic.

(this video is not professional but if you turn up the volume you can hear Stormy’s cries of fear and his hope for help)

Volunteers to the rescue

On Sunday, after several unsuccessful attempts to coax Stormy out of the drain, one of our tireless Delta View Cats volunteers reached down into the drain with heavy-duty gloves. Ray began petting stormy and offering him smelly tuna. After several tense moments, with a confident scruffing, Ray lifted Stormy into a cat carrier held by another volunteer. Collective sigh of relief!

Chalk it up to timing & good fortune. The quiet of the near-midnight hour. 4 people putting their heads and hearts together. And a little black kitty magic.

He rested on our balcony covered with a blanket, heated by a safe space heater and he had a midnight snack of water and a little bit of tuna. He appeared to not be feral; he gave slow blinks and didn’t hiss or strike when I went to put water in the carrier. His eyes are so soulful.”


After the rescue, our DVC volunteer Mr. Ray, had a storage building already set up to house community cats on their way to being adopted. It is managed by another cat rescue, Kitty911. Stormy waited for a neuter appointment and we knew his adoption would be overseen by our partner, Community Concern for Cats.

Delta View Cats is making neuter surgery plans now and fortunately, another DVC volunteer who feeds the colony we manage at this park, Miss Shashi, fell in love with Stormy and his rescue.

Short story short! Stormy is now with Shashi as a “foster to adopt”.

We are fortunate that our city of Pittsburg has provided us with funds for spay/neuter for cats we find along the waterfront area. Once Stormy is all done with his medical needs, then Shashi and her family can adopt him forever!!

Again a short, not great, video of Stormy accepting the love from his foster to adopt human!

I will keep you updated on Stormy’s journey.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Part Two: Gigi’s Journey—Socialization and playing

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If you missed my Part One of Gigi’s Journey, be sure to visit my last post about her to truly understand just how far this kitty girl has come. And always remember, she is doing this at about AGE EIGHT YEARS OLD!!!

As you know from Part One, cutie pie Gigi wanted human pets from the very beginning. However, Mom L and Dad P did acquire a whole bunch of “paw whack” punctures over her three months in my castle as she became more and more accepting of being inside. The camera loves taking her photos!! We used some “kitty yogurt” treats early on to entice her to come close to the human’s hands.

Unfortunately, we learned that these treats, like four tubes a day, gave her the worst gas and diarrhea!! MOL!! So those treats were sent away. But by then, Gigi was already learning that her biggest treat of all was to have tons of PLAY TIME!!

She first played while caged, then she showed how much she LOVES my peacock feathers. And then, she learned to RUN after the wand toys!!  Thanks to my BFGF Cathy Keisha, I learned that absolutely no kitty, feral, semi-feral or what—will refuse that peacock feather!!!

Gigi so loved her cardboard lounge. She used it for scratching and for allowing human pets. She slept in it. It was her safety zone. Trust me, I made sure Mom L sent that with her when she moved to her forever home!

Next we needed to learn if Gigi was open to being with other cats. As you know, she was very comfy with Katie, another girl.

Sharing girl secrets!

but how would she do with a male adult cat??? We brought in an adult male kitty that is searching for his furrever home as a check point to learn if Gigi was gonna be OK with an adult male and to learn if the male kitty was OK with an adult female. All part of socializing abandoned adult kitties.

Big Boy let her sniff and then turned his back!! MOL

This Big Boy chatted a bit with Gigi then he just turned his back and took a nap!! And Gigi went back to her favorite place in the cat tower in front of the window.

By now, Gigi is ready to make her transition to her furrever home with Spitty’s human, Miss Mary. Mom L took some last minute photos to capture Gigi’s wonderful long white whiskers.

And you know all the rest because Gigi started her very own blog!!

So what have you guys all been up to lately??

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Part One: Gigi’s Journey—A rags to riches tail

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I promised you last week that I would have the back story on Gigi, from our angel pal Spitty’s home. You see, I asked to have Gigi brought here, to my castle, after Mom L and Dad P saw that she was injured. Gigi has lived most of her seven years as an abandoned cat, left by a human to fend for herself outside. Fortunately she found her way to a city parks’ maintenance facility where kind employees have fed her. Her home has been a storage trailer for years. We often found her on the roof watching us. We suspect she lived under it.

Here is Gigi, and her home, back in 2018, when we first met her as we trapped out her little colony of six cats.

In December of 2020, we learned that no one was feeding this colony on weekend, city holidays and when their one feeder employee was on vacation. They were left to go without food and water during those times. Of course I told Mom L to get over there and feed those kitties when the employee was not around and she and Dad P have been feeding there ever since. The purrty long haired gal in one photo is Baby. More about her later…

In early February, we saw that Gigi had clearly been injured. Look at the left side of her neck/chin and you can see a large patch of fur torn away.

Out came the traps. Yes, I said “trapS”. You see it seems Miss Gigi was very knowledgeable about regular cat trap and she wasn’t going anywhere near that thing!! She just casually watched and then just walked on by it!!

Then we got our drop trap and bam!! Mom L caught her first try! Gig indeed had a very bad couple of puncture wounds that had abscessed pawfully! So off for a week of treatment and recovery she went to our county animal services. It was a tough week for Gigi because she was hurt, in a very scary noisy place. So’s I told Mom L to make sure a bring her back to my castle for some R&R (Rest and Relaxation).

Now secretly I was hoping that Gigi was gonna like bein’ warm and well fed and that she would pour on the charm for Mom L and Dad P. Gigi did not disappoint!!! Her first day in Mom L’s office, in a 36 inch cage, she began to work her charms. I posted about our Ambassador Katie’s part in making Gigi feel at home.

The above photos are taken from the first two days Gigi lived with us. Can you see her cute paw in that photo of her lying down, making air biscuits!! As long as Mom L talked baby talk to her, she made enough air biscuits to feed a city!!! MOL!!!

Gigi was comfortable having pets right from the start BUT she let Mom L and Dad P know when she didn’t want anymore—she has a mean left hook with claws out!! Typical calico I hear. Gigi also was delighted when Katie visited to welcome her. As for me, well I did step in once to check her out. I gave her my best hisssssssss from the doorway and casually strolled back to my master bedroom, never to visit her again. You see we left the door open to Mom L’s office when Gigi was living fulltime in the cages. After a month she graduated to a larger 42 inch cage. That’s when we started to learn that she sure does like to play!

Here is a short 54 second video of Gigi accepting pets from Dad P on her first day inside with us and then the next day she shows Katie that she really wants to be friends.

Come on back next week and I will share Gigi’s socialization process so’s you can appreciate how far she has come when you see her over at her own blog, Gigi’s Calico Corner.  Stay tuned for Part Two: Gigi’s Journey—A rags to riches tail

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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