Animal Shelter Report 
Ox is yearning to be the love of your life

Ox is a good boy, hoping to be your friend.

Ox, a sweet pittie mix, was found abandoned in our community and brought to the shelter. Sadly, no one has ever come looking for him.

He has quickly become a favorite with our volunteers who describe him as a sweetheart. They love to take him for walks because he has such a spirit of adventure and is in heaven with the one-on-one attention he receives.

Ox loves everybody — he has never met a stranger. He is good with people of all ages and adores older children. He tends to ignore other dogs and is not aggressive but he would probably be a good companion for another dog, particularly a girl dog.

This nice boy is very much hoping he will find his forever home soon. The shelter is OK for a while, but he is feeling that his “while” is up. He is more than ready to receive your love and to give you love back. He is ready to feel that “forever is fabulous.”

We have a fairly large population of feral cats in our community. Feral cats are not lost or stray cats but are rather cats who have either never had any contact with humans or that contact has diminished over time. In short, they are basically wild cats.

Caring people in our community have banded together to help these feral cat groups by feeding them and practicing what is called TNR. TNR stands for “trap, neuter and release” where the cats are trapped humanely and taken to the vet to be altered. Over time, this practice has been proven to be the ideal way to manage feral cat colonies.

When all the cats in a colony are spayed or neutered, the colony becomes much more stable with fewer intrusions by newcomers. Fighting and aggressive behaviors diminish greatly and there are fewer injuries to the kitties. In other words, while they generally are too frightened to be pets, their lives improve greatly.

Some ferals in a community group, however, have had human contact at some point in their lives. They might appear frightened if approached, but can sometimes be re-tamed and become pets again.

Several years ago, I became involved in helping with a feral cat colony in our area. Other caretakers of the community told me that they had seen a female kitty in the group who had several litters of kittens. She appeared to have been injured at some time in her hard life and walked with a bad limp.

But they noticed that she seemed open to being gently approached. So we trapped her and took her to the vets for spaying. No more would she struggle to raise her kittens in a threatening environment.

I felt sorry for this sweet girl and decided to bring her home and help her be a pet again. One of her rescuers had named her “Abagail.” Over time, she adapted to my household and started to thrive. She is very sweet and affectionate, and with good nutrition and a safe environment, even her limp has improved! It is possible to help some frightened kitties become pets again. It just takes time, effort, and love.

If you would like more information on “community cats” (as they are now often called) or would like to help with local feral colonies, please call Kathy at kathy@beachpets.com.

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