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Rescue Story: Emery is On His Way!

Emery on his way.

Emery showed up in the community cat colony on my street back in January. He was clearly friendly and socialized, and by about March he had settled into Denise’s place, choosing a shelter and a place to eat. When I was feeding her colony in April, I found he was friendlier and friendlier every day and could be handled by me, though I’m not his normal caretaker. Thanks to Merlin’s Safe Haven Cat Rescue for the loan of their chip scanner, we discovered he had a microchip, but when the shelter contacted the phone number associated with the chip the person said they had never had a cat. The original shelter left it up to us to either bring him in and surrender him or let him live with the colony as he was doing well with it, or if a home came along he could be adopted.

Even though he’s a sweet orange boy, Denise feeds around 12 cats twice a day, and Emery was very much adoptable. After obviously being abandoned at least once before, he deserved a real forever home. So I worked with the Homeless Cat Management Team to surrender him to Beaver County Humane Society and his next step to find that new forever home on May 12.

I found his listing on their website, and apparently he’s a real hoot!

“…I am a big flirt and will vie for your affection. I’ll roll all around and meow until I get your attention. I love to be with people. Once you start petting me, I will give you head butts and purr up a storm….”

Below is a screenshot of Emery’s listing on the shelter’s Pet Harbor site.

Screenshot of Emery’s listing.

Sometimes it takes a village to save a cat and teamwork works! Thanks to the Homeless Cat Management Team, Beaver County Humane Society and Merlin’s Safe Haven Cat Rescue.

If you get a chance, consider a donation to any of these three organizations for the work they do to help all cats.

And you can donate to our neighborhood group, Cubbage Hill Cats

And now our little group has its own PayPal account so that you can donate to help us care for the community cats we serve. We have about 40 among all the known colonies we are caring for, and plenty who wander among them. They never stop showing up, and we do our best to find out if they belong to anyone, and to give them whatever care they need, whether it be TNR and a shelter, veterinary care, food and love, or a ride to a shelter that will help them find a new forever home. Our name is Cubbage Hill Cats, and you can find us on PayPal at Donations are not tax-deductible because we are not a 501(c)3, but all donations will go to help the cats in our neighborhood, from TNR to rescue and foster to food for ferals.

Here is Emery’s back story

Emery greets me.

Denise has been feeding this ginger kitty since some time in January. It’s clear he’s socialized, and he’s pretty friendly too. Having him scanned for a chip was difficult just for the timing of clinics or COVID cautions at veterinarians. I got to know him while she was away earlier this month as I fed the gang, and he was reliably present, friendly, hungry, sweet, just an all-around nice cat, the kind you know someone would miss, and the kind you know belonged with someone at one time.

It’s one of the things you hope when you care for community cats, that if a cat is lost you can reunite it with its owner. Because food is one of the first things cats look for when they escape and can’t get back home, showing up where someone is feeding community cats is a likely things to happen. It doesn’t happen very often, but cats aren’t chipped at the rate dogs are, but the numbers are increasing.

A few other kitties eating at Denise’s place are somewhat friendly too, so I thought borrowing a chip scanner might be a better idea. I asked Sherry from Merlin’s Safe Haven Cat Rescue, which is about a mile away, and Sherry is often around our town helping cats. She dropped it off just about the time Denise came back. I could have scanned Emery with no problem, but since we also wanted to scan as many as possible Denise would be the best one to do that since she can pet or even brush many of them. I wouldn’t want my presence to scare them off. I showed her how to use it and she went back to feed dinner.

She messaged me a short while later with a screenshot of the scanner—Emery had a chip! She was surprised how fast it came up–she turned it on sitting next to him and it beeped almost  immediately while the number came up in the screen. That would be pretty exciting on your first try scanning a cat! I sent the screen shot to Sherry and she started looking it up and found it was traced to one of our local shelters from February 2015. This was even more exciting! But in a little disappointing twist, this story will be continued at a later date. I had hoped to have the news today but I’m still waiting to hear back from the shelter. I will share the results in a future rescue story.

In the meantime, let’s send Emery good vibes of an owner that will be soooo happy to see him again!


Even better for Emery, he’s with a bunch of people who love him, and he’ll find a home with someone who’s devoted to him.

And don’t forget—Tootsie Anne Shirley is still waiting too!

Here’s where you can find her!

The shelter has her listed for adoption too—it was certainly interesting to see that familiar face. She looks a little scared but more bewildered, I’m sure it’s all been very strange for her. I had guessed her age as two to three at least because her face and body looked mature like an adult’s. The shelter has her listed as seven years old, so she would be in the mature adult category. Of course, I will follow her! And encourage you to go and adopt her!

screenshot of shelter cat
Tootsie Anne Shirley on the shelter’s Facebook page.

You can also find her on Petfinder.


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6 thoughts on “Rescue Story: Emery is On His Way!

  • emery; dood, and ewe az well tootsie; we hope yur both IN yur for everz bye thiz weekend… sew ewe can N joy sum grilled fish ….we send best best best fishez two ewe both 🙂 ♥♥

    • Well, that might be a bit soon to expect, but let’s hope it’s soon anyway!

  • What a sweetheart of a kitty personality! He’ll find his forever home – no doubt. If I didn’t have two and live way out west….
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Even though he was doing well in the colony, having him live outdoors just wasn’t the right thing for him. I’m so glad we could do this for him.

  • It’s so good to hear that this sweet kitty will get a chance for a loving family.
    Sounds like he has a big purrsonality 🙂
    Purrs, Julie

    • We knew he was socialized and sweet-tempered, but it’s fun to learn that he’s such a ham. Makes it even more sad he was without a home, but at least he’s among people now.


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