In every Lifetime or Hallmark channel movie there is a cantankerous woman. Maybe she owns a diner and dispenses sarcastic comments with the coffee. Maybe she grows prizewinning roses and yells at the kids if they cut cross the yard to smell the flowers. You know the one. And you know that by the end of the movie, we will learn that she has a heart of gold, and was only difficult to get along with because she had been hurt before and was afraid.
Cat rescue isn't like that. A cat that comes in cantankerous may simply be too aggressive to live with people. Some are feral and need to be returned to colonies (after spay or neuter). Others become barn cats, when we know of good, safe, barn situations. They are fed and cared for, and are content, but it is not the happy ever after That we hope for.
But cat rescue is sometimes EXACTLY like those Hallmark movies.
Case in point: Addie.
Addie was abandoned in an apartment. Her person moved away and left her there. No food. No water. Cranky does not begin to describe how Addie was when she arrived. Talk to her and you would get a hiss. Touch her and Addie would respond with a swat. Often with claws. Did she like the other cats better than people? No. No, she did not. In fact, if possible Addie liked them less.
She has been with us about six months now. And lately Addie has been letting us see the soft heart beneath the prickly exterior. She has allowed petting when it is quiet. At first just on her head, then her whole body, then with a purr. She has even started to come over to the volunteers she trusts for petting and playtime. Instead of staring at the ground, grumbling, Addie has started to look up - to show us her lovely eyes, to greet us with love and hope.
Does that mean that she is going to be offering the diner for a fundraiser for the local hospital or cutting down the prizewinning roses to make corsages for the prom? Nope. Addie is a work in progress. We cannot yet pick her up, she gets overwhelmed and shuts down if it is too chaotic, and she HATES having her feet touched and will still swat (but no claws) if you insist.
Addie will need an experienced adopter who will keep working with her to slowly win her trust, to convince Addie that she will not be abandoned again. Addie has not yet made the full Hallmark channel full turnaround. But she is trying. Addie wants a home and a person who adores her. And she deserves one.
If you are a sucker for a happy ending and think that you might have a home for Addie, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to find out more.