What do you think of when you picture a stray cat? Diseased? Flea ridden? Broken? They are hardly any of these things but are rather quite free spirited, playful, clean creatures. Here is a glimpse into the eyes of a stray cat. Some of them were loved and then abandoned, some were born outside, but all of them ended up here at one point or another. ‘Here’ is a dog boarding facility that helps re-home cats. They are not a shelter but a volunteer run group of people who help out stray cats in their area. They are always full, especially in the winter when cats that have been dumped don’t know how to survive in the cold. All of the cats get individual care and they are all at different stages of becoming a ‘house cat’. Most of them are loving and trusting despite their hardships and others are still overcoming their fear of people. They will stay here until they either get adopted or cross the rainbow bridge. What they need now is you, someone who can let them into their house and their heart. Will you consider adopting an adult cat instead of a kitten?
I will never understand why people leave their pets on the side of the road. I hear stories about how people drop them off near a local barn hoping they will live out their days catching mice and basking in the sun but the harsh reality is that unless they were born and raised outside most will have no idea how to survive in the wild, much less at a barn no doubt already inhabited by other territorial cats or an unfriendly dog. When you leave a pet on the side of the road it will be lost and confused and will likely hang around the same area for a long time until it finds some shelter or is hit by a car or killed by a coyote. Pets are part of the family and it should be thought about long and hard before adopting any animal.
Note: Please do not email about re-homing your cat, the rescue in this blog post is full and do not accept owner surrenders.