Three cats, three stories in "A Paws for Pets."
The stories of the cats who come to York Adopt a Pet are endless. Each one is distinct because, as we all know, each cat is unique in its personality and how it ended up at York Adopt a Pet.
Mama Cat had litter after litter on the farm. The owner was doing the right thing by spaying and neutering Mama's babies, but trapping Mama for her surgery was a tremendous process. She feared having her spayed immediately for fear of losing her kids. I agreed to keep Mama until she delivered her kittens, weaned them, and then she would return home, and I would adopt her kittens.
We realized she wasn't expecting after a month of kenneling. Finally, she had to be caught alive and sent to York Animal Clinic. I've dealt with stray cats before, but this was the queen.
Today Gary Pinney helped her into a trap and to the vet. The owner wants her spayed and completely vaccinated before returning to her farm. We'll keep her at my place for a week until she's healthy and ready to return to her natural home with her adult babies. Lady saved a stray cat thrown at her farm.
Last week on one of the coldest nights, I was summoned to Walmart to help find a lost black cat. When I arrived, a giant black shiny cat sat on a pallet. He was at ease. When I arrived, six to eight employees awaited me. No one knew how he got inside the store's back. I looked down the aisle, and 'Sammie' just walked up the aisle as he belonged.
Bravo to these employees for reporting the incident to York Police. So they all worked together to save a stray cat from sub-zero temperatures. Nobody knows where he came from; He is an intact male who, although eating two bowls of cat food, did not appear to have been alone for long. A staffer suggested he be called Sammie after Sam Walton. QV and neutering are on the way. He is pretty talkative and friendly.
I also got a white male tabby who had been lingering around a woman's house for days. Her dog isn't cat-friendly, and Hess is adorable. She felt horrible for him wanting to get into her house to escape the cold. He'll be quarantined and neutered asap.
Is there a theme here? It's all about being a good pet owner—neutering your dogs. Non-neutered males travel vast distances and are more susceptible to Felv or Fiv infection. If you don't spay a female, you'll end up with thousands of kittens born into a world full of them living in ditches, alleys, and culverts. Shelters can only do so much for them. These three are the lucky ones.