Volunteers who do "stray cat rescuing" amaze me. When I go into the shelter, I have a captive audience. The cats must deal with me and I'm able to fairly easily assess them for their personality, etc. But people who rescue cats from the streets have fewer options than I do.
I received an email from a friend-in-rescue the other day. Her house is full and she's been feeding a little guy she named "Cutie Pie" at her front porch. CP is about 7 months old and despite her best efforts at finding his home, apparently it was just another "discarded cat". She had built a shelter for him over the past few weeks on her front porch:
Let's put this on the record: I do not like taking cats from the public. There. I said it. In the 20 years that I've been doing this, I've found that the public often lies about the health and personality of the cats. Very few people tell you that the cat pee's on the bed, etc.
That being said, Stray Rescuers often lose sight over what "Friendly" really means. They're so used to being hissed at, growled at and ran from. To me, "Friendly" means I can pick up the cat, hold him and kiss him.
So when I heard that CP was VERY friendly I was cautious.
My rescuer friend wasn't home, but I drove into the city anyway with Temptation Treats in hand to try to lure this guy from his warm hidey spot.
Temptation Treats were not necessary.
This guy came bolting out of his warm hiding spot and started rubbing around my ankles. He was purring. He was chirping at me. I leaned down to pick him up and kissed him and fell in love. He was adorable and exactly as my friend had described:
I really feel like I did something today by saving this guy. Sure, rescuing from the shelter is important too. Those cats have NO chance. But I honestly don't think this guy had much of a chance either. I dropped him off at our vet for a neuter and I'm hoping a foster Mom calls me back shortly about taking him. Either that or he's coming to the House of the Discarded (my house) tonight.
I sort of hope he comes to my house. I really like this guy: