Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A Second Chance

Emmie was rescued over a month ago on a volunteer basis. A tired road warrior, Emmie came in from the cold and is now living in my home . She is representative of the many stray and feral cats that are roaming our towns and cities. We can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the number of animals that are in need of a fresh start with a new family. In the case of Emmie, she needed a patient individual, willing to slowly help her to acclimate to her new surroundings. Socializing cats can sometimes be a lengthy and difficult process, as some have never been in the company of human beings. The "semi" feral cats, like Emmie, can usually be rehabilitated and go on to live with a human family. Most were at one point domestic and living with humans. They become fearful when living outdoors for extended periods of time. Denkai Animal Sanctuary currently has four cats that are in immediate need of foster homes. If anyone would like to volunteer as a foster parent to any of the four cats at the sanctuary, please call us as soon as possible. We will help you through the process. Mother cats are very resourceful and able to care independently for their offspring. We truly just need individuals willing to give these cats a safe environment in which to give birth and ween their litter. While Emmie represents success, we all have to remember to do our best to help these brave street survivors. If anyone needs any tips about what to do when coming in contact with stray & or feral cats, stray dogs, etc., please do not hesitate to call us. Emmie is sleeping on her green blanket now, purring and drifting off to sleep. She has found a home and is truly content. A Siamese/Himalayan mix, she likes to voice her opinion and let everyone know how she feels!! I will update everyone in the near future, about Emmie and her socialization process. Again, let us know if you're interested in fostering any of the four female cats at the sanctuary.

~Shanon Chalmers