Helping Those That Need Homes, Human and Otherwise

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

Helping Those That Need Homes, Human and Otherwise

I have a soft spot for animals that would be pets, like cats, that find themselves homeless.  I know I can't save the world, but I do my best to control the cat population in my neighborhood.  I adopted these three kittens that were brought to my porch to enjoy the food that their dad was enjoying on a regular basis.  Now all four of them are fixed and living a life of kitty luxury.  Fed and loved every day.  They joined the two we already had.

I haven't seen but one other feral in the neighborhood since and he's fairly healthy looking, which makes me wonder if he's feral at all.  But lately, I'd been seeing a new face.  A long haired white kitty.  It'll pop it's head out of the rain sewer the last week or so and then hide.  Then a couple days ago, I saw it bolt out of my garage, which we keep cracked for a our outdoor guy.  But last night, this poor little thing got over it's fear of me pretty quick.  It bolted right past me and into my mudroom from the garage whenI opened the door.  This is where we keep the cat food and I'm guessing the smell has been torturing this little buddy.  It is skin and bones.

Of course, not knowing what it's state of health was, I literally had to sweep it away from the food bowls with a broom, and bring it a dish of food all it's own.  My heart was breaking for this beautiful critter. It was literally starving.  I was afraid to touch it because it was so frail. 

Well, it ate last night and this morning and we've put alerts up in the area.  We are fairly certain it's been an indoor kitty.  Especially as friendly as it got last night.  Haven't determined if it's been declawed.  Believe me, I have too many thoughts running through my head about what my be this cat's story.  None of them reflect well on humanity.  I'm fairly certain it's not feral.  I'm also fairly certain that if I can't find it a home, it's going to be a Cleland.  At the very least, it won't be going hungry anymore and will be brought up to date on it's shots and be fixed in the event that it is a feral.  

 

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Gina Tufano
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Adorable cat and very kind of you to feed it. I hope you find the owner soon! 

Jun 27, 2012 08:29 AM #1
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Gina:  I think I may have found a replacement owner.

Jun 27, 2012 09:23 AM #2
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Irene Durocher
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Hi Chris, a nice family of pets , and I am sure they appreciate a daily meal.

Have a great day.

Jun 27, 2012 09:35 AM #3
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Cindy Jones
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Chris Ann-first make the kitty healthy and then find it a good loving home.  We found two more kittens and are trying to figure out what is going to be the best life for them.  It certainly isn't on the streets.

Jun 27, 2012 10:13 AM #4
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Irene:  Eating is a good thing.

Cindy:  I am just praying this one isn't pregnant.

Jun 27, 2012 10:50 AM #5
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Scott Godzyk
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Good Morning Chris Ann, what a great story, it was nice of you to care for it. The kitty is in good hands with you. Have a great Thursday

Jun 28, 2012 12:55 AM #6
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My best friend in Austin just rescued a cat from her neighbor's house. He would throw half a handful of cat food on his back porch and refused to give the cat water, so she just swiped it away from him. It, too, was bones. I don't understand how people can mistreat cats or any animal. You're a good soul to help them, Chris Ann.

Jun 28, 2012 12:55 AM #7
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Hi Chris Ann - Good works from a good person. We have been able to return or find new homes for many abandoned or lost pets over the years, and we can't see an obviously lost animal without making it our problem. So far, we've been able to avoid becoming that lady on the 10PM news with all the cats, but we definitely have that tendency.

Jun 28, 2012 01:25 AM #8
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Scott:  I hope it starts putting some weight on.  

Elizabeth:  If people are going to treat animals that way, why bother having them?  

Dick:  Depending on the individual's definition, we may qualify as crazy.  The good news is that our house doesn't smell like cat.  We still get surprised looks from anyone that visits that we have as many as we do.  

Jun 28, 2012 04:06 AM #9
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Chris - You are a gal after my own heart.  I am always taking in stray cats.  We feed feral cats, and when we have a cat show up on our doorstep that is hungry and dirty but not feral, we bring it in and it becomes one of our cat family.  I know most of the cats n our neighborhood, and if I see a strange cat, it is usually lost and far from home.

Jun 30, 2012 01:07 PM #10
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Susan:  Well this one was definitely a house kitty that had been turned out.  She has a new loving home now and her new name is Sophia. 

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I'm so happy that you posted about a happy end for Sophia:)

How many cats you have now?

Nov 05, 2012 06:53 PM #12
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Inna:  I have six.  Five that live exclusively indoor and one that is primarily outdoor, though the winter nights make him rethink the indoor lifestyle.  Here's a pic of Sophia now.  She's gained three pounds, been spayed and is a love.

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