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07 April 2009 @ 09:50 pm
Let me preface this by saying I am not adopting another cat. I've got too much on my plate with HT and the old ladies constantly at odds.

There's a teeny black cat hanging around the gym's parking lot. It's a busy lot; people drive all willy nilly. I worry. Anyway, wee black kitty will meow piteously, but if you try to approach she runs away. I've seen her sniffing around the dumpster, trying to find some food. Of course I've started carrying kitty treats in my car that I might tempt her close enough to get my hands on her. The Humane Society (a no-kill, by the way) is right next door. If I manage to pop the little cat into a carrier, I can take her right over to the shelter.

To that end, I spent twenty five minutes this evening sitting on cold pavement as little kitty crept closer and closer. She finally came near enough to eat some treats, but any time I so much as moved an elbow she jumped back a few feet. By the time I grew too cold to stay outside any longer, she'd actually sniffed my knee and my (unmoving) fingers. Still no contact, but if I can build a rapport with her, it'll come.

I just hope she doesn't get hit by a car before then.

she looks so like Zinda it hurts my heart
Dark Angel: RoseGoddesseuph0ra on April 8th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
You might want to double check with the Humane Society. They may not take her. Sometimes that happens when they don't have room. Unfortunately cats kind of get miserable treatment in regards to population control and relocation/rehoming because they are not considered "nuisance" animals ie: they don't pose a physical threat to humans like dogs can.

I've been there and done that with the cat rescue thing and I've had up to 11 cats at one time because the Humane Society turned them away. That is one thing I'd really like to do if I come into some money. Open a rescue that focuses on cats and runs a program to help with wild populations by catching them, spaying/neutering them, and then releasing the ones that have no hope of becoming happy house cats back where they were to live out their days happily but non-reproductive. The spaying/ neutering and rereleasing has worked really well to eliminate the stray situation kindly and humanely without death.