Been busy at work lately and haven’t come to the adoption center for quite a few weeks. Thanks hubby for taking care of the cats for me!
We have no idea what happened, but this evening when I got to the adoption center where we’ve been volunteering since 2008, all the water bowls were completely dry. After I added water, all the cats came to the water bowls and just kept on drinking for a long while. I have never seen cats this thirsty in my life. Our adoption center only has one volunteer visit per day. It scares me to image how long these cats had been deprived of water. We are glad that Hunter (see him from the last post or click the tag “Hunter”) never have to deal with these anymore. But at the same time sad because we can’t adopt all the cats… All the cats at the adoption center are super nice and friendly. They deserve a really home!
We brought Hunter home on February 28, so today marks the first full day of him at his new home. We keep him in the bedroom with Plato and Sesame, the two benign cats of the gang. When we are not in the bedroom, we keep Hunter in the bathroom where he can have access to water, food and litter box. He looks timid, but as soon as we pet him, he starts to loosen up and begins to purr.
This afternoon we went to the shelter to do our weekly volunteering, and at the end of it, we put Hunter in the cage ready to go..
We first dropped him off at our vet to do a general checkup, just to make sure he is All OK.. Besides a little gum swelling, he is just fine. We understand it’ll be quite a stressful afternoon for him, but we are quite certain he’ll adjust at his new home in no time.
Hunter saying good bye to Rudy II at the shelter
On the road, hunter seems to be in total shock, poor thing, everything will be better very soon!
After vet visit, we let Hunter out of the cage just a little to explore and test his reaction, but he would go back to his cage rather quickly. We’ll keep him in our restroom for the night to adjust.
We’ll update in the next few days of how he is adjusting to the new environment.
How many years has Hunter been in the adoption center? No one can precisely recall. I started volunteering for Caring About The Strays since 2008 and Hunter and his brother Garfield appears not 2 or 3 years into my tenure there. Since then our adoption center moved from a local PetSmart to a garage where cats don’t have to be caged all day long, and last year, Garfield passed away because of complications caused by long ignored bladder stone issues (will elaborate in another post). And recently, Hunter has developed some severe acnes on the chin which later affected his gums and hence difficulties in eating and ended up spent days at the vet.
We decided to adopt Hunter, in order to give him a better rest of the life, and also in memory of his brother Garfield. We as volunteers do as much as we can to make the adoption center a good place for adoptable cats to live, but staying in the adoption center for life is not the ultimate solution for a cat. For our particular case, volunteer go to the adoption center only once a day, about one hour each time. And even though all the cats are adorable, the visibility for them is close to none for them to be able to be adopted…
Following is a collage of photos by one of our volunteers and her daughter when they went to say good-bye to Hunter over the weekend. And like for any cats we adopted from the adoption center, we will keep updating their status here!
Raymond and Elton, brothers who were rescued and became residents of the adoption center we volunteer for when they were little kittens. They are the youngest in the adoption center, but they have already been there for more than three years — time flies! For one, our adoption center is located in a converted garage which receives almost no public attention, but more importantly, even though the two boys are both gorgeous, there are too many good adoptable cats out there and they are nothing special. Something has to be done… they deserve a home where they can receive more attention than just being visited once a day…
We have been volunteering for the adoption center for Caring About The Strays (now AKA Community Pet Rescue) since 2008. Here’s just a few of the adoptable cats in our current adoption center, housed in a garage in a residential area where exposure is almost none. These cats have been in our care for years with little to no hope of being ever adopted. But they are all really nice and cute cats who deserve a good forever home, not just once a day visit by us volunteers. :-(