Posts Tagged "feral"

Manx Beauty Angel Finds Her Forever Home, Atlanta

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Manx Beauty Angel Finds Her Forever Home, Atlanta

When you try to care for with animals that have been abandoned or had little human contact, relentless patience coupled with lots of love is the only strategy.  Pat, a friend of SNAP and long-time animal protector in Atlanta, knows this very well. When she took in a tiny, 5-week-old gray Manx kitten that SNAP had trapped behind a Sonic Drive-In on the Atlanta outskirts, she knew she’d have to take her time gaining the kitten’s trust. In fact, the kitten was truly feral; there was no expectation that she would ever become a “friendly” cat, much less a house cat.  When SNAP transferred the kitten to Pat’s care, the thought was that she be an outside cat, but cared for by Pat. Pat renamed the tiny kitten Angel, and to help Angel get used to her new surroundings, installed her in a new, spacious home:  a huge elevated cage, with a bed, blankets, food and water, that faces a fishpond and is surrounded by trees.  The cage had doubled as a rabbit hutch (from an earlier rescue adventure) and is so large that Pat could climb into it. Tiny Angel’s coat was a silvery gray, and her eyes glowed a bright green-amber Despite Pat’s best efforts, Angel remained terrified of her during those early days.  That first day, Pat carefully place Angel’s carrier inside the large hutch, opened the door, and let the tiny kitten explore on her own.  “I would go out and check on her every hour or so but she was still terrified,” Pat said. Although Angel allowed Pat to change her litter box and bring her food and water, she still shrank from direct contact and was clearly afraid. “As time went on,” Pat said, “I decided that if she was not going to come to me, I would go to her. I would get up in the cage with her and just sit and talk gently to her.  This went on several weeks and one day she decided to sniff my hand.  Then, she began to let me pet her. My husband would say when he could not find me he knew where to look. I would be in the cage with Angel.  It was Spring when we got Angel,” Pat remembered, “and my husband and I used to sit outside and just talk to her.” Eventually, the time came when, encouraged by a SNAP volunteer, Pat knew it was time.  She would set Angel free and let her choose whether to stay with the humans who had grown so attached to her, or live in feral isolation.  “About 5 pm one quiet day when my husband and I were at the pond, I knew it was the right time. I opened her cage door and quietly sat down to watch. After about 5 minutes, she came up to the door, looked out and then jumped down and ran into the woods.”  Broken-hearted, Pat imagined that she had lost Angel forever. “I called to her with tears in my eyes, and begged her to come back,” Pat said.  An hour later, Angel reappeared.  “We were so happy that I cried,” Pat said. After that, Angel explored during the day but returned every night to sleep in her cage. “Then,” Pat continued, “she found her way into the trap door that comes into our sunroom. I have other cats, but no one tried to harm her.”  So very slowly, the feral cat that became a friendly outdoor cat began to transform into an indoor cat. Today, four years later, Angel is a full-fledged member...

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ADOPTED! 1.5 Pounds of Kitten Love: Little Bit Needs a Foster

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ADOPTED! 1.5 Pounds of Kitten Love:  Little Bit Needs a Foster

Every animal that SNAP helps is special – but sometimes, the unexpected ones work their way into our volunteers’ hearts that extra little bit more.  So it is with this tiny ginger girl, aptly named Little Bit. One of our SNAP volunteers was at a local clinic recently when a man brought in this tiny kitten.  He wasn’t quite sure what to do with her – but knew that she needed to be fixed.  However, she was far too small to be fixed, and also sick.  The man’s plan was to simply re-release her to the outdoors, leave her to Mother Nature’s devices, and hopefully re-trap her when she was old enough to be spayed. That plan was a no-go for our volunteer, since it would likely result in the cat’s death or injury.  She quickly took the tiny fur ball into her care and dubbed her Little Bit.  Little Bit settled instantly into our volunteer’s household and follows around the man of the house “like a dog.”  She is fully domesticated – not feral at all. In the next week or so, once she has been well long enough, Little Bit will need a foster home.  She loves to play with other kittens – but needs someone her tiny size!  If you’re interested in fostering or adopting Little Bit, drop us a line and/or fill out an online volunteer application. After all, everyone’s got room for a Little Bit more in their...

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In Loving Memory of Day Day

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In Loving Memory of Day Day

Day Day was rescued from Sonic on Highway 5 in Georgia.  He had a broken femur.  After trying for two months to get him into a trap, with the help of another animal lover and her family, we finally succeeded – sadly, not before Day Day had been hit by a car.  I explained to the vet, Dr. Wilson, that I didn’t believe this poor cat was feral at all because he was used to being spoken to by everyone at Sonic. We held a fund raiser to pay for Day Day’s surgeries.  He had to stay in the cage for 6 weeks while he healed, and he just purred up a storm.  Day Day was a total love bug.  He drooled when you loved on him and just thanked me every day for taking care of him.  We estimated his date of birth to be September 2008. OUR PRAYER FOR DAY DAY HAVE YOU A PET IN HEAVEN, LORD?IS THERE ROOM FOR JUST ONE MORE?CAUSE MY PRECIOUS FRIEND DIED TODAY;HE’LL BE WAITING AT YOUR DOORPLEASE TAKE HIM INTO HEAVEN, LORDAND KEEP HIM THERE FOR ME. JUST FEED HIM, PET HIM, AND LOVE HIM LORD. THAT’S ALL HE’LL ASK OF...

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