Blackie found a wonderful caregiver in Helen L.. She sent us this current photo of him, looking healthy and fluffy. He had a very different appearance and demeanor when she first met him, but in the year since he was neutered at FCCO last July he changed. Neutering can significantly reduce behaviors associated with mating such as territorial fights with other cats and constant nightly yowling to attract fertile females. Helen describes Blackie:
Rachel N. sent these 'before and after' photos of her formerly-feral cat "Tux" along with this update: He was much scrawnier when we first met him; he's filled out a bit now... he eats like there's no tomorrow. We were feeding him outside for about a year before we brought him into FCCO, and during his recovery from his surgery we let him stay in the garage - which he LOVED. He was super lovey and wanted to sit on my lap almost immediately. Those few recovery days turned into slowly letting him in the house from time to time... and now he thinks he owns the place! He's been such a friendly cat we decided he could be a permanent resident.
We have helped over 70,000 feral and stray cats and receives all funding from donors like you. Your support means a great deal to FCCO and the cats and caregivers like Tux and Rachel who we help. Thank you!
This sleek all-black kitty started showing up around her caregiver Adrienne's home in Amboy, WA, in early July. Skinny and skittish, the cat quickly welcomed Adrienne's offers of breakfast. After getting close enough to pet her one day, Adrienne noticed she looked like she was nursing kittens. Adrienne was shocked because she looked like a kitten herself. While at the clinic she weighed in at just under six pounds. Adrienne told the young mother that if she brought the kittens to her house, she'd help her care for them. Sure enough, the cat carried six kittens one-by-one and made a home under Adrienne's backyard shed. Now Adrienne is working to socialize and find homes for the kittens, in addition to getting them all spayed/neutered.Purrs to Adrienne for being a hero to this cat family! And huge thanks to all our volunteers, caregivers and generous supporters who help make it possible for FCCO to help so many cats in need!
FCCO has helped more than 68,000 feral and stray cats but staff was truly shocked by what they saw on July 17th: a cat, now known as "Mattie," came to the spay/neuter clinic with her body covered in matted fur 3 inches thick. She had been struggling to move and couldn't groom herself. FCCO's Operations Director, Leah Kennon, CVT, said, "In my 16 years with FCCO I've never seen mats this severe. I can't imagine wearing this coat in the hot weather we've had recently."FCCO is funded completely by donations. Mattie's caregiver, Roger, was extremely grateful to learn about FCCO's services. He was very concerned for her well-being and admitted he feared that euthanasia was his only other option.
This stray cat fortunately has a caregiver looking out for her. He doesn't know where she came from, but has been feeding her and knew she needed help. Mattie was returned to her caregiver spayed, vaccinated, and with a whole new summer 'do.
Our services that help cats like Mattie are made possible by the support from people like you. Please consider making a donation in honor of this kitty and her kind caregiver so we can help even more.
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