[Vision2020] Caturday (January 5, 2019)

Moscow Cares moscowcares at moscow.com
Sat Jan 5 05:52:35 PST 2019

Tails of hope . . . just in time for Caturday.

Courtesy of Times Record Herald (Hudson Valley, New York) at:


Shelter Tails: Homeless cats aren’t feral, they’re desperate for love

Brandon had been living for years under a pile of tires and a piece of plywood. His caretakers thought he was feral, because he was too scared to allow human contact. When fed, he would steal a piece and run off to eat it. But Brandon is not feral.

Stray HELP (Healthcare & Education to Limit Population) in Fishkill assists colony caretakers to feed about 150 cats each day. It also trains homeowners and business owners how to properly care for free-roaming cats on their property, loans them equipment and coordinates a monthly low-cost spay/neuter clinic.

“They are homeless, hungry, and as volunteers are finding, many are friendly,” said Ann LaGoy, president of Stray HELP.

These friendlies are cats that once knew a home and are desperate for another. They are in the Cozy Cat Project, where the adoption fee is just $25.

Currently, there are seven Cozy Cats in foster homes that have been vetted and are ready to be adopted.

“There are another dozen still living outside, waiting for their chance at a new life,” reported LaGoy. “No owners have been found. Each week, volunteers discover new cats, appropriately placed as Cozy Cats, and receive calls for help from community members regarding abandoned cats.”

Brandon, a 10-year-old orange tabby and white cat, became a Cozy Cat on Thanksgiving.

“Immediately after he was trapped,” said LaGoy, “Brandon began to cry. When his trapper reached her fingers through the trap bars, he leaned into them. For perhaps the first time in years, he felt the loving touch of a human.”

Brandon had severe dental disease, tested positive for feline leukemia and had an open wound on his arm.

“He has healed beautifully,” said LaGoy, “and his sweet, gentle nature shows in every interaction he now has.”

Brandon is neutered, housebroken, OK with kids and is a gentle lap cat who loves to snuggle.

Toby is a 3-year-old tuxedo cat with a dog-like personality.

“He follows his foster mom around like a love-struck puppy,” said LaGoy. “He’s silly, quiet and playful.”

Toby is a big boy at 13 pounds and is neutered, housebroken and OK with kids. He is a sweet boy who loves to snuggle.

Destiny, a 1-year-old calico cat, is spayed, housebroken and OK with kids. She is friendly, energetic and showed up one day at a volunteer’s home. Her owner hasn’t been found.

“She hasn’t stopped ‘talking’ since,” said LaGoy. “She prefers being the queen of her castle and would love to have a family all to herself.”

To adopt Brandon, Toby or Destiny, call Stray HELP, 232-0336 or visit strayhelp.org. Donations are needed and can be mailed to Stray HELP, P.O. Box 245, Fishkill, NY 12524.


Photos . . .

Brandon, a 10-year-old orange tabby and white cat, was rescued recently after years of living outside.  He is a gentle lap cat who loves to snuggle.

Toby, a big 3-year-old tuxedo cat,, is neutered, housebroken, OK with kids and a sweet boy who loves to snuggle

Destiny, a one-year-old calico cat, is spayed housebroken, OK with kids and energetic.


“Caturday” by Linus Petit

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