by Lupe Gore
Feral Paws Rescue Group in Fresno shares with us some of their animal rescue adventures every month. Check out KRL’s article about Feral Paws to learn more about them. Lupe Gore is a FPRG volunteer.
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. I was afraid that would happen to me, but someone came for me: Feral Paws Rescue! I made the trip up to Fresno and had this nice place to live, although I made it clear to the rescuers I didn’t want to be with other cats. I also had a secret that I kept from the rescuers; I didn’t let them know I am deaf. I even fooled the veterinarian at the shelter!
I was at the rescue for about three years before finally getting a new home at one of their adoption events, or so I thought. My new family was told I was deaf, but they adopted me anyway. Just after one day at their home, they realized that they didn’t like the fact I couldn’t hear them talking to me. They returned me to the rescue the next day. So I made myself at home again in my special place at the rescue for another two years until this spring, when a nice lady who heard about the rescue’s Senior to Senior program called and wanted a white cat. Paula told her about several white cats at the rescue but this lady wanted to meet me! I was taken to her apartment one evening and immediately made myself at home by getting in her lap.
Now my new lady, Phyllis, knows I can’t hear her so we communicate with sign language. If she doesn’t want me to get on something she points her finger at me and I can tell that means “no.” She makes another gesture with her hand when she wants me to come to her and we communicate very well. She brushes me all the time and gives me lots of the same treats that she eats; I especially love ice cream and cheese crackers. Phyllis also got me a nice present that’s better than watching TV: a small aquarium with goldfish in it! I love watching them swim around in the water but I know I’m not supposed to try to get the fish out of their tank.
I am so happy now to be in my new home with Phyllis, and I am so thankful for Feral Paws Rescue saving my life and giving me love while I was with them. They kept me until the right person came along who doesn’t mind that I want to be the only cat in the family, and that I have a special need, which means I must stay indoors. If only all the cats in the world could be as lucky as I am!
Saturday: August 19 & also on September 16 (Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p. m. at Tractor Supply, 1630 Herndon, Clovis CA)
You can learn more about Feral Paws on their website.
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