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Feral Paws Rescue

Feral Paws: Thanksgiving

IN THE November 11 ISSUE

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by Lupe Gore


November means Thanksgiving is near, and that means a time to remember, a time to be grateful, and to give thanks. Thanksgiving Day usually means a time to be with family for a festive turkey dinner. I would like to share some Thanksgiving stories that are possible due in large part to the tireless work of Feral Paws Rescue.

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by Lupe Gore


It’s October, and that means Halloween is coming! With Halloween come ghosts, pumpkins, all things creepy and, of course, black cats. Now, there are superstitions about black cats and bad luck—which aren’t true at all. However, those superstitions still keep many people from adopting a black cat. Thankfully, for many black cats who were overlooked at kill shelters and given a death sentence, Feral Paws Rescue stepped in and saved their lives.

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by Lupe Gore


When Milo the kitty showed up one day at a feral feeding station in a dark, trash-strewn alley in South Los Angeles, he was just one of the hundreds of thousands of cats and kittens in this huge city who might have once had a home, but were then dumped on the street: their owners die, move away, or simply don’t want a cat around any more, and they are left to fend for themselves.

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by Lupe Gore


My name is Yo Yo, and if I say so myself, I am a handsome Angora-mix boy. I am 10 years old. Five years ago, I was taken to the shelter in Lancaster ( Los Angeles County ), California. I don’t know what I did that my people would take me there, but there were a lot of other cats in the shelter, all in cages, and if they didn’t get someone to pick them up after a few days they were taken out of the cages and put to death.

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by Lupe Gore


Last month, Feral Paws Rescue received a call from the CCSPCA Shelter to rescue several kittens, mostly Torties, which they did. The kittens were brought to their main rescue location. At the same time, there was a dilute Tortie female who had been at the shelter along with her kittens.

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by Lupe Gore


One of the most rewarding parts of working in rescue is watching a cat transform from being scared to becoming friendly and trusting. I shall tell you about one very special cat I have worked with while volunteering at Feral Paws Rescue.

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by Lupe Gore


In June 2012 a handsome, big, brown and black tabby found himself at North Central Shelter in Los Angeles. His human had betrayed him and left him there at age eight. Thanks to some networking and help from local rescuers, he arrived at Feral Paws Rescue on June 25, and immediately went to a foster home. Feral Paws had to make sure he would be kept inside, as he was declawed.

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by Lupe Gore


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.

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by Lupe Gore


Caleigh is a beautiful long-hair Calico who was rescued by Feral Paws Rescue from a kill-shelter in Los Angeles County in late 2011. She was brought to the main rescue in Fresno, and in early February 2012, Feral Paws Rescue received a call from a lady who was interested in their Rescue and wanted another cat to add to her existing family of a handful of mostly black cats. Feral Paws Rescue brought Caleigh over to the lady’s house, and it was love at first sight. At the time, it was estimated that Caleigh was three years old. No other history was known about her, but she quickly assimilated herself to living indoors with other cats and most of all to her new human as she wanted to be with her and followed her all over the house.

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by Lupe Gore


Valentine’s Day is this month, and there are many, many heart-shaped boxes of chocolate candy on the shelves of stores for people to give to those they love or just eat themselves. I am going to write about another type of candy though—a beautiful long-haired dilute Calico named Candy!

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by Lupe Gore


When Feral Paws Rescue opened their Adoption Center four years ago, I had the privilege of volunteering there, caring for the cats and working in the office. I met some very special cats who I will never forget.
One of the cats Feral Paws Rescue saved from a high-kill shelter was named Grandpapa. He was 18 years old at the time of rescue. Grandpapa was the sweetest old gentleman, who loved attention, loved to be held, and loved it when I would share my food with him—specifically part of a burrito from a nearby Mexican restaurant.

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by Lupe Gore


Everyone loves kittens…that is, every cat lover loves kittens. So when there are kittens up for adoption at the shelter, usually they are adopted pretty quickly, unless they are black. Multi-color younger adults also have a good chance of finding a forever home. Adult blacks, especially if they are rather large, are the last to be adopted. Sadly, that is a fact.

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by Lupe Gore


Shortly after President’s Day weekend this year, Feral Paws Rescue received an email from the local SPCA asking if they were interested in pulling another cat. This request was like so many others, a cat who was sick or injured and needed out of the shelter in order to survive. Of course Feral Paws Rescue pulled this cat.

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by Lupe Gore


As October brings thoughts of Halloween and black cats, I am writing about the beauty of black cats, that they are not to be feared, that they are the most loving cats and, most of all, that they should be kept indoors so they cannot be harmed by those with evil intent.

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by Julie Myers


I would be hard-pressed to meet a feline sweeter or more mellow than my gentle Marble. This is impressive, considering how many cats with whom I have interacted, and even more impressive when one considers Marble’s tragic background story. Marble’s history is one of abuse and neglect. He was filthy, rail-thin, and missing most of his tail when animal control brought him to CCSPCA.

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by Paula Hunsaker


It doesn’t always work out happily for cats in the shelter system, but Zoe not only found a loving home once, but twice. Zoe was initially adopted from the SPCA by a little girl named Ashley. Ashley’s gentle, nurturing nature soothed the shy and nervous Zoe, who was just a kitten at the time. It didn’t take long for the two of them to become the best of friends. Zoe was always by Ashley’s side and Ashley called Zoe her special baby; the bond between them was incredibly strong.

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by Paula Hunsaker



Rescue work is always throwing something new our direction, and on April 30, 2015, while at a high-kill shelter, I saw a beautiful one-year-old male cat in a cage with two broken front legs; a brick wall had fallen on him. The shelter wasn’t giving him medical attention, and it took until May 5 to get the final okay to pull him. We were told to be at the shelter the following morning at 8 a.m., because at 8:01 a.m. he would be put down!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This week we are interviewing a unique local animal rescue in Fresno, Feral Paws Rescue Group. We took some time to chat with Paula Hunsaker, their founder, CEO and Board President.

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