This is Samantha, a kitty I rescued on Sunday. Her mommy, an elderly lady, lived in a trailer park with three kitties, Samantha, her sister and a little black and white guy. Unfortunately, after being checked into a hospital for health reasons, it was determined that she would no longer be able to go home, she was moved into a nursing home.
Little Samantha and her kitty family were left behind, with a nice gentleman who knew their mommy coming in just to feel them and clean their boxes. This wonderful gentleman, who works providing elderly with transportation to and from hospitals, didn’t know what to do, so he stopped by the Forgotten Cats adoption center where I volunteer to see if we could help.
Since Forgotten Cats is not a shelter and handles mostly just the trapping, spaying/neutering, basic care and release of feral colonies, there wasn’t much I could do about it. I gave him the numbers to local shelters from a list we have at the center, and also gave him my number, saying that if no one else was able to help, he could call me and I would try to figure something out.
Well, a month later, he called me and said he had called all shelters from the list I gave him and they were all full. One of the rescue places said they would help, but then never got back to him. He was at a loss and worried about what would happen to these kitties. I tried once again to find an answer, but no one could help. That was when I thought I might be able to help. I could get the kitties, bring them to our clinic to get shots, be tested, etc., then foster them until they were ready to come to the center. Once a cat has been treated at one of our clinics, they get a Forgotten Cats ID # and can be adopted through the system. So, that was the solution!
I have big crates at my place and could keep the kitties there until they were checked and made sure they were ok, then work on socializing them. You see, after being all alone in the trailer for about 3 months, these kitties had become very shy and scared. They now need to get used to being around people again, and being in a different environment where they don’t know you doesn’t make it any easier for them to get comfortable and relax.
Sunday was the big day! Armed with carriers and the help of another volunteers, under a killing heat of 105 (!!), we went to get the kitties. It was an adventure, all right. Some people had broken into the place and completely trashed it. It was a huge mess of stuff thrown all over and it made me feel so bad for the poor kitties. At first, we couldn’t find any of them. Then, two ran past me and into the bedroom. I was able to corner Samantha inside the bathroom and, once she found herself with no place to go and hide from me, she ran right into the carrier I had left open on the floor. That was fantastic!
Shortly after I got her, we saw the third kitty, the black and white one, run into the bedroom as well. The other volunteer and I went into the room to look for the two kitties and found the black and white one inside the closet. When we went towards him, he ran under the bed and the other volunteer saw him move a lamp that was on the floor out of the way and run out through a hole on the floor. :(
And that was it, the black and white kitty was gone, and we couldn’t find Samantha’s sister anywhere, so we assume she ran out through the hole too. We called another volunteer who lives close by and stopped by her house to borrow a couple of traps, which we brought back to the trailer and set up. We made sure the hole wasn’t covered so the kitties could come back in once things settled down.
I’ve been going there once a day to check on the traps, and the gentleman who’s helping Samantha’s mommy stops by a couple of times a day too, but the traps remain empty. He said he saw one of the two kitties yesterday, but I guess he’s too smart for his own good and won’t go into the trap to eat.
Please make a chain of positive thinking and wishing for these two guys to go into the trap soon. Samantha misses her sister and her little friend. I have my fingers crossed and hope tomorrow will be the day when I will stop by and find the two traps containing my two new guests. :)