by Lupe Gore
Feral Paws Rescue Group in Fresno will be sharing some of their animal rescue adventures with us now every month. Check out KRL’s article about Feral Paws to learn more about them. Lupe Gore is a FPRG volunteer.
Around three years ago a handsome gray and white cat named Austin somehow found himself at the Los Angeles County shelter in Lancaster, California. He was scared and only had days to be rescued or adopted. Thankfully Feral Paws Rescue found out about him and made the long trip to the shelter and rescued him along with a few others. Since Austin was friendly and healthy he was brought to the Rescue’s Adoption Center. Not content to stay in the main cattery, he managed to make sure he was in the “front room” (originally for seniors only) where he could lounge on sofas and chairs and sit in the window watching the traffic in and out of the parking lot. He became friends with some of the elderly cats in the front room, and they bonded with him.
Every time I would come to the Adoption Center there would be Austin waiting for me. He even recognized my car and would be pawing at the window. He soon became very attached to everyone associated with the Rescue, and after a while, it was decided upon that Austin’s home would be at the main rescue site. He was put in housing with other cats, but every time someone would go in or out of there so would Austin. So he made friends with some of the feral cats on the property as well as some chickens, and other animals including a resident dog who is very friendly with all the cats. Austin and the dog can often be found playing together. Austin also loves to follow the humans around thinking he is being helpful at feeding time, washing and cleaning out litter pans (he loves the garden hose!), and other “chores.” Most of all he loves the human companionship, and when he isn’t patrolling the grounds, he loves to be held and petted.
Wherever Austin actually came from, whether he had a home before being at the shelter or not, he definitely changed once he got out. So many cats are frightened at the shelter, but once they are rescued, they are the most loving pets who are just so grateful to be loved and have a home—and grateful to be alive. Austin knows Feral Paws Rescue saved his life, and every day he thanks them by “helping” and giving his unconditional love!
Add this event to your calendar!
Cat Adoption Event
Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tractor Supply Co.
1630 Herndon Ave
You can learn more about Feral Paws on their website.
Check out more animal rescue stories in our Pet Perspective section & watch for more stories from Feral Paws every other month. Advertise in KRL and 10% of your advertising fees can go to Feral Paws.