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.
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. Although Grandpapa was at the Adoption Center, he wasn’t available for adoption. He became a permanent resident of the Rescue due to his advanced age.
Another special cat was named Queen Ann. She was a beautiful long-haired tabby who was rescued from the same high-kill shelter as Grandpapa. What Feral Paws Rescue didn’t know at the time was that Queen Ann was pregnant, and shortly after arriving at the Adoption Center she gave birth to three precious little babies. Mama and babies all found forever homes.
Yet another very special cat at the Adoption Center was Tux, a handsome and lovable male tuxedo cat. Tux was rescued in 2012 from a high-kill shelter in Los Angeles at the age of seven years old, and shortly afterward it was determined he was deaf. He became a permanent resident of Feral Paws Rescue to ensure he would be safe, never to be let outside. Tux had some special friends he enjoyed being with: a big gray male named Storm, a Siamese male named Mr. Bunny, and an orange-and-white cat named Doodles.
And then there was Toby. Toby was a pure white juvenile when I was working at the Adoption Center, who would follow me everywhere, trying to help me clean up. He especially loved to assist in mopping the floor and always knew when it was time for the canned food to be opened. Sadly, Toby manifested a neurological disorder and Feral Paws Rescue decided he would remain at the Rescue to ensure he receives continued veterinary care. Today Toby loves to sleep in his own special little bed with his toys and blankets. He s not the same as he was four years ago, but he’s still lovable, and craves all the attention he can get.
Feral Paws Rescue does so much to save cats who otherwise would probably never make it out of these shelters alive and, after they are rescued, makes sure all the cats get the medical care they need those kitties who some would say aren’t perfect, but to this Rescue they are purr-fect.
Our next Cat Adoption Event: Saturday January 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tractor Supply Co., 1630 Herndon Avenue, Clovis CA 93611. Our events are hosted by Tractor Supply every 3rd Saturday each month.
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.
Check out more animal rescue stories in our Pet Perspective section. Advertise in KRL and 10% of your advertising fees can go to a local animal rescue.