All of these cats have been through the Cats Protection centre I volunteer at over the past year, all while I’ve been there and each one I’ve seen as they enter as a mess and leave as a glorious, wonderful pet to their new home.
1. Clarence came to Cats Protection after living a life of cat crime and causing trouble throughout the neighbourhood. He arrived with an extremely battered up face from living the tough life. After being neutered and receiving treatment for his wounds, Clarence became a reformed character.
2. Joanie arrived at the centre last year at only a few weeks old… dehydrated, underweight and with no mum. The staff hand-reared Joanie for several weeks until she was big enough to find a forever home.
3. Sweet-pea arrived depressed, sore and in a terrible state. Deep, red raw wounds covered her neck, head and body. After months of love, care and a lot of medication and skin cream she was well enough to find a new home.
4. Zena came in to Cats Protection with a terrible skin condition that was driving her to madness, after months and months of hard work, foster homes and medications Zena was looking fantastic and so happy in her new skin. She was successfully re-homed this year.
5. Peaches was brought into Cats Protection with horrific injuries from a road accident, her leg and tail could not be saved. 4 months later Peaches has adapted to her new body and has been successfully re-homed.
I had the fantastic opportunity to work with all these cats and watch as they transformed, not only physically but mentally too, some cats that come through are so scarred by what has happened to them they won’t even leave their bed. They hide away from the world as all it’s given them is pain, Cats Protection doesn’t just heal their wounds and find them a home, CP makes sure every cat in their care is as happy as they can be too. They make sure they heal mentally as well as physically. The last cat (Peaches) has cost them over £2k in vet bills, all of which was paid through a fundraising effort a few months back. I’m writing this because I just seen that some ignorant fool tried to say Cats Protection does very little to help cats, that they are often put down when they can still be helped.
This is only a small group of cats that have came in particularly bad, but the only cat they have put down while I have been there was one that had been there for TEN YEARS, he had problems so bad that they made him a resident cat so he had constant care, he came in as a kitten and was practically blind with a host of other internal problems. The years he spent there he was constantly on medication to help him have a good life. Anyone who had been to the centre knew him, he was every persons best friend the moment you met him, manning the reception every day. He was always wandering the centre causing mischief. The staff and volunteers all loved him, and did what they could to keep him alive and happy. But the medication he was on only did so much and he was in too much pain, he was put down to save him from the pain he was going to endure if he was kept alive. Knowing how much everyone loved him there is no way they would have done this for any other reason than it being the best option for him.
If you read all this, thanks for putting up with my rant.