“If you had not have fallen, then I would not have found you.
Angel flying too close to the ground.
And I patched up your broken wing, and hung around a while.
Tryin' to keep your spirits up, and your fever down.
I knew someday that you would fly away, for love's the greatest healer to be found.
So leave me if you need to, I will still remember.
Angel flying too close to the ground”.
Our Angel came to us needing healing. She had a badly damaged leg (likely the result of a run in with a car or a predator) and a badly damaged spirit from having likely been abandoned outside as a kitten. The plan was to get her healthy enough to be released outside, either back where she was part of a colony being fed, or perhaps in a barn. But in the months she has been with us, as one year old Angel healed… well, she started to heal spiritually too.
So now that it is time for her to leave us, we would love to find her a home. It won’t be easy. Most homes frankly will not work. Not because Angel is aggressive. She is not. Even when in significant pain, she would try to shrink away, not lash out. But Angel is terrified of everything new… No, we take that back. Our sweet Angel is pretty much terrified of everything.
This is a cat who will live under your sofa or in the back of your closet for literally years, if you don’t work with her daily… And calling her out with a treat won’t work. This will involve laying on the floor…. petting her… coaxing her… as she shrinks into the furthest corner of the room away from you. Angel needs constant, quiet, loving, and most of all patient reassurance. Your first weeks or even months, you will likely be convinced she hates you, that you can’t do this...
So why are we even trying you may (quite reasonably) ask? Why not find her a barn situation where she will be fed and focus our attention on an easier cat? Because just when we were about to give up hope and start looking for a barn, Angel leaned in to the pet. Then she purred, at first so quietly we could only feel it, placing a finger at the base of her throat… but then loudly enough that we knew for sure that it was an intentional purr. She began to step closer for a treat and to occasionally bat at a toy. She rolled over to let us rub her belly. She let certain volunteers hold her in a lap, before scurrying away, back to the comfort of her cage. In other words, Angel let us know that she doesn’t want to be in a barn or outside in a colony… she wants a person to love. She let us know that with love and the right person she can be a quiet, loving companion. We know she isn’t there yet… but we believe she can get there. And we know that our gentle Angel deserves the chance to try.
So we are looking for a foster to adopt home. The right home will need to have a separate room to keep Angel in, so that she can be worked with. The right person should have a lot of love and patience to offer (and shy cat experience wouldn’t hurt). They should also have time to work with Angel every day. Angel is a good girl. She is sweet and timid and wants love. She just needs someone who won’t give up on her.