Rescue Story: A Couple of Rescued Cats

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Hopper in her favorite spot.

Pretty girl Hopper in her favorite napping spot, because she knows a good background when she sees one. She’s another friend’s cat, the woman who’s fostering the three kittens whose photos I shared last week, and you’ve also seen her cat Noah, also an older rescued kitty from a pet store.

I saw Hopper lounging on her daybed when I went over today to see the kittens. Needless to say, I was totally distracted by her. She got up to move before I got my camera ready when I came in, but I managed to get a few lovely shots of her as I was leaving. I was visualizing a painting during the whole process. I have a few photos of my Sally on the bed too. Maybe I’ll do a series.

Hopper is a senior girl, adopted from the Beaver County Humane Society just a few years ago as a teenager. She’d been through several different homes, but all of them returned her. She’s here for good.

Callie

Callie checking me out.

A friend’s formerly feral cat, Callie, who I have never seen in all the years I’ve known my friend. I visited my friend last week, and Callie decided that I was okay, just walked out of her hiding space, sat and looked at me for a while, had a good stretch, and went on about her business as if she’s been doing it all her life. Somehow that’s as nice as when a cat I’m socializing decides I’m okay.

Callie’s human was one of the first reliable people I met in cat rescue, back in the 1980s. She worked at a residential hospital surrounded by acres of land that were partially farmed, and cats were everywhere, fed by staff and patients, escaped from farm life and dropped off by people. TNR hadn’t come to our area yet but they were both trapping and grabbing cats, socializing and adopting the ones they could and returning the others if it was safe for them. She had a group of fosters and a procedure for adoption that was what I wanted to do with my fosters, so we worked together, she taking the kittens and cats I rescued but couldn’t care for with a day job with long hours, in return for cats that I could foster. I learned so much from her, and she supports me now as she’s retired from rescuing, and is also one of my longtime and constant art customers. Cats have brought the best people into my life.

Callie walking past me.

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4 thoughts on “Rescue Story: A Couple of Rescued Cats

  • September 17, 2021 at 11:03 am
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    Those are both really cute kitties!

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    • September 19, 2021 at 1:58 am
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      It’s such a joy getting to know others’ cats.

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  • September 17, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    Callie and Hopper are beautiful!
    And it’s great that you have a long-time friend/colleague in the foster/TNR cat world!

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    • September 19, 2021 at 2:00 am
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      It doesn’t seem to matter where they come from, cats are beautiful. And I’m so glad I met this person all those years ago.

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