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Rescues

Many cats on the streets are really abandoned or lost pet house cats, who are struggling to survive. Most don’t last long without help from humans. Some people think cats can find lots of mice and other small mammals to eat outdoors, but that is not how it really is.

Cats born indoors, who never even saw a mouse, don't consider mice as food. Food preferences are pretty much set in kittenhood, and hunting for survival is something mother cats need to teach their kittens. Kittens born to non-hunting mothers don't learn effective hunting skills, even if they were born out on the streets and become feral, since their mother never learned. Not to mention that many city areas don't have lots of mice around, and if there are mice, many have eaten poison set out by humans. So the lost or abandoned pet cats and their kittens starve or get sick and die, unless a kindly person notices and helps them.

There are many things you can do to help stray and homeless cats. Read about what you can do at http://wvcats.com/ferals.htm

The cats below were "caught" by using the "befriending" method, in which both parties play a role and come to a mutual decision.  It seemed as if three of these cats might be feral, but they turned out to be homeless former pets starved for love, and most giving of love once they trusted.  Imagine, three "wild" cats that turned out to be lovey lap cats!  It is always worth the time to try to befriend a cat on the streets, especially considering that some of the cats are lost or abandoned tame pet cats.

Before Love and Care Some of our Rescues After Love and Care
     

He's not snarling. His mouth hurts.

Neil

At least 11 months on the streets, he had tapeworms and a broken tooth when finally befriended, then traveled far to become a beloved pet cat with the help of the internet.

Pet (click) his head to read his story:

Marty  

A gentle Persian found on the streets with a severe UTI that quickly became a life threatening blockage. 

Owners located, but abandoned him. 

Pet (click) his head to read his story: 

Penelope  

  Scared, starving, bloated from roundworms, with 4 kittens to nurse, she took the risk to be loved and helped a grieving heart with her gentle, affectionate nature.

Franny  

Born feral to Penelope, above, Franny was rescued, socialized and rehomed along with her buddy Marty, pictured above.

Pet (click) her head to read her story:

Bruce

Not on the streets too long to forget about bonding with a human, but long enough to contract FIV.  Sadly, he died two short months after being befriended, but at least he knew love and comfort at the end of his life.

Read about him here

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Jolie

A kitten abandoned in a parking lot, anemic after two weeks of starving and searching for someone to care for her, she found her new caretakers in some out-of-state-travelers.

Pet (click) her head to read her story:

Sparky

Sparky was not a dramatic, heart wrenching rescue of a starving or near death cat, as some of the above cats were, but, his story does have drama in it!   And, if he hadn't been taken in when he was, he likely would have become a very sick, starving cat, as he did turn out to have a respiratory infection and clearly had been someone's pet cat, not likely street and hunting savvy. 

Lucky for him, a cat loving young man rescued him from a wooded park where he had been seemingly dumped, to find his way to his foster home with this author, where his medical needs were tended, as well as his rehabilitation from a serious play aggressive "attack cat" to a better behaved, adoptable pet cat.  Which then allowed his placement in his forever home, all the way from West Virginia to Upstate New York, where the drama really began. 

Read about Sparky in discussions at the www.about.com Cats forum, where Sparky's forever home was found.

The beginning of Sparky's story:

http://forums.about.com/ab-cats/messages?msg=25515.1 

His big adventure in his new home, with a very scary start at the below thread:

 http://forums.about.com/ab-cats/messages?msg=27242.1

Then, the continued integration tensions, with things finally working out:

http://forums.about.com/ab-cats/messages?msg=28672.1

Maybe with your help, there'd be one less cat for whom the words below apply, excerpted from:

"Stray Cat's Prayer"

I don't think I'll make it too long on my own,
cause I'm getting so weak and I'm so all alone
Each night as I sleep in the bushes I cry,
'cause I'm so afraid, God, that I'm gonna die.
I've got so much love and devotion to give,
that I should be given a new chance to live!
So dear God, please hear me, please answer my prayer,
and send me somebody who will REALLY care.

Poem can be read in it's entirety at http://sandtracker.tripod.com/prayers.html