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Those of us working in rescue know the importance of working together to not only take stray cats off the streets, but to be able to promote and place them into permanent homes. So when Gina from Focus on Ferals houses FIV and Feline Leukemia positive cats when we are full, we come to her aid by taking a few of her current cats into our program; this frees up space for her and allows those cats that need to eventually come into our sanctuary have a safe place to stay while waiting.
From Gina: "Bubba and Shodu are actually from the same colony - Burton and Division area in GR. You have taken several FIV's from there over the years, most recently Hannibal. We did TNR 2008-2012. It's an ongoing thing as people constantly dump unwanted cats there. We have pulled dozens of kittens and friendly strays from there for adoption. This winter the homeowner lost the house and has moved away. There are still about 15 cats that we are feeding. The house is vacant. Bubba showed up end of January 2013 with an open gaping wound at the base of his tail, so we took him in for treatment/neuter. Shodu was actually TNR'd back in 2010 ( I checked my records) and with the loss of the caregiver, we are trying to pull out and place any cats that are adoptable."
Well you can see how great of a need there is for her to be able to go in and remove more cats from that unhealthy situation, so I was more than happy to take the two, along with Tierney and Rumsey, from FOF on June 11th. Although a big, beyond beautiful boy, Bubba (aptly named for his size and structure at 14.5#) wouldn't hurt a fly. In fact, at the FOF adoption center, he was being bullied by a cat half his size. At the clinic, in our intake sweet with the others, he could hold his own while out roaming and being the social butterfly he really is since no one else blinked an eye at him or bothered him one bit. in fact, Shodu hunkered down right next to him on several occasions and took a nice cozy nap; he really seemed to enjoy her company as well.
I find that the bigger the boy the better of a house cat he will make; not sure if gentleness is actually genetically liked with girth (probably not) but my lumbering lugs are usually the most laid-back, loveable of the bunch! One thing that is for sure is that Bubba would love to spend hours hunkered down next to you, soaking up all of the affection and attention you can shower upon him. He is such an even-tempered, well-mannered gentleman that I honestly do not think we will be blessed with him as a Crash Cat for long!
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