Happy International Cat from our 2018 rescue #cat of the year, Hef!
This video was taken when @twink6 released Hef back to the streets of LA after his neuter surgery. Poor baby just sat there & seemed to wonder why he was back. He’d spent the past 48 hours in a humane trap, but at least he was safe & well fed. He wasn’t dodging cars, scrounging for food, huddling under a car to stay safe at night. He was kicked out of the way by people who viewed him as vermin. He was being cared for, even if it was just in a humane trap.
Well, Gretchen watched as Hef sat there confused & instead of grabbing the empty trap, like we always do & walking away, she walked back, out Hef back in the trap & we made the choice find Hef a home.
He wasn’t a feral cat, he pawed through the trap for attention, purred like a kitten for gentle head rubs. He had a kitty cold even though he’d been given an antibiotic shot & we knew Hef probably won’t make it too many more years on the street, Hef was too friendly & too tame.
The next time you see a picture of an adorable, fluffy kitten, think of Hef, or any of the stray cats because they were all once fluffy, little love nuggets who struggle to survive on the street simply because there’s nobody rescuing them, and worse fixing them to prevent even more from taking their place.
Doing #trapneuterreturn taught our team a very different side of “rescue.” It’s thrust us into emotional holes, at times. We can’t take them all in, there aren’t enough adopters or funds to support them. We fix the cats to ensure more aren’t born to suffer & save the ones we can responsibly juggle. We rescued Hef because he needed someone to give him a chance. Now he’s overcome pneumonia, he’s shuttled to several different foster homes & will need another foster starting Friday. Jed’s a gentle, stoic teddy bear, who appreciates every ounce of love that comes his way. We we can find Hef a VERY special forever home & today, on International Cat Day we hope this image of Hef makes everyone stop & consider how many cats just like Hef are on the street now, they’re not in a shelter & nobody’s “networking” them or fixing them. Please don’t ignore them.