Foster Cat Oliver
It never fails to astound me how many people dump an animal they have taken into their home, supposedly forever. In some cases it is a clear case of abandonment but in others it is a case of not searching for an animal that may have gotten out of the house or the yard, or slipped a collar.We now foster a sweet boy named Oliver by the people who plucked him from a TNR (trap-neuter-release) colony. The humans supporting the colony saw him, assumed he was a newly arrived feral cat and called for help. His tail was also badly mangled.
The tail had to amputated and he was given a physical, shots and had his ear notched in preparation to being returned to the colony. The notching tells anyone seeing him from a distance that he has been vetted. Oliver then went to a person with a cage in which he could recuperate and be evaluated.
As it turned out, this boy is not feral. He had been someone's pet and begged for attention. How he came to be on his own, with a badly damaged tail, and accepted by a feral colony is a mystery. No one called any shelter looking for him. No posters for a missing cat went up. No one tried to find him.
He is with us now recuperating and getting the attention he deserves....or as much as we can give because he is very needy. He is a handsome boy despite the short tail that right now ends in a furless stump. That should grow in and he will just have a different look than most cats.
But his notched ear will always be a sign that while someone loved him once and he loved then back, the reciprocity didn't last and he almost ended up in a feral colony with no human affection.
That did not happen and when he goes to his new home we can hope it will be truly a Forever Home.