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I am already spayed, up to date with shots, not good with kids, not good with dogs, and not good with cats.
I was going to go into a rant here about how surrendering an animal to a shelter can severely affect them. But most of you reading have heard that song and dance of ours many times before. It's no different this time.
Josie was surrendered to the shelter with another cat and immediately showed signs of stress. She felt betrayed and she was pissed. That's what it was. I won't sugar coat that. She went from a happy house cat to being in a cage too small for her in a scary place with scary sounds and scary sights. New food. New litter. New litter box. No familiar faces. Just a cat in a box - betrayed, confused and angry. She has no way to tell her own story, no way to tell people her heart is broken and no way to tell people she needs time to cope.
Did you know that cats have short term and long term memory? This means that a traumatic event can and most likely will stick with them for a long, long time. So Josie here needed time and a different atmosphere with the patience and ability to help her cope with her stress. A place that would allow her to do whatever she wanted, until she was ready to move forward.
Sadly, she was at the shelter and it wasn't long before she nipped an inmate. Inmates come from the local jail to clean cages and they aren't familiar with cat behavior like Josie's, but also, Josie wasn't happy with anyone at that time. She wanted nothing to do with humans... understandably. She'd been let down. She knew it. I knew it. So we waited for the 10 days of Kitty Jail to be up and pulled her into rescue.
On June 1st, Josie arrived at the FURcility after going to the vet for all of her vetting. For her, I chose our biggest Suite. With lots of shelving to climb, large areas to sleep, tons of toys and playthings and a giant window for her to look out - complete with birdf eeder and birdhouse on the outside for bird watching. I was hopeful that Josie would quickly feel that she was safe and cared for again. My heart hurt for her, like I said - I got it. I understood.
Josie was in that Suite for a week and although she was leaps and bounds better than in the shelter cage, she still wasn't content. She was still annoyed most of the time. Some days she would lay on my lap for a bit, some days she'd swat at me and didn't want me around. "I understand Josie", I would tell her. I made a rash decision one night, with little to no planning, to move her over to our big Colony Room. I had full intentions of letting her roam, letting her explore and then taking her back to her Suite... Josie had other ideas :) and today, she resides in the Colony Room.... which has been the greatest thing for her.
Josie loves the wide open space, the cat jungle gyms and the huge windows. She began to let down her guard and now greets me at the door. She follows me around and the second I sit down - I have a Josie on my lap. :) I try the best I can, and so do the volunteers - to get her to play. She has a very short attention span but she will play occasionally. Josie has been transforming from devastated and furious to open minded and care free. She's not there yet, but that's why we need to find her a forever home. So she can be back into the home setting she knows, and work on building a new relationship with her new person. It won't be over night but I can promise you from the bottom of my heart - it will be worth it. I love Josie. I am so proud of her for allowing us to love her and care for her, even though she didn't want to and I know she will find the right family very soon....
PLEASE READ the entire post. Josie is looking for a FOREVER HOME. If you would consider rehoming a pet due to moving, allergies or family conflict, they asks that you do not adopt them - they'd like their next home to be their last. Stable forever homes only need apply. WE HAVE A NO DECLAW POLICY. Thank you.
Josie is a wonderful mix of sweet and sassy. She is both independent and assertive, but also docile and sweet. Josie interviews HORRIBLY. Because of her recent heart break, she doesn't like people when she first meets them. It takes her a little time. This makes is VERY difficult to find her an adopter... because at first, she's gonna be sassy and independent - it will take time in the home before she shows you that sweet and docile side, but will be so worth it. She's hard to describe in words, but I'm trying lol! Basically, if you like Josie and want to offer her a home, Josie will love you forever, but will need the time and patience to adjust once there.
Josie lived with another cat, a female, but we haven't had much luck with her wanting a friend at the FURcility. Unfortunately, the owner who surrendered her gave little to no information on her - which STINKS! Please leave a letter with your pet if you must give them up. We don't know her birthday or exact age, we don't know anything - we've had to work hard to try to figure that all out when a simple short letter could have solved this puzzle in seconds.
Anyhow, the best home for Josie will be one without other animals or children. This eliminates about 80% of homes looking to adopt, sadly. She did live with another cat, like I said, so a cat savvy owner may be accepted as a candidate.
Josie is not ideal for a first time cat owner. She would also love an indoor home with safe outdoor access. She has obviously been outdoors before and dreams of doing it again. I can't get a collar on her though, lol, so we do need to know that Josie will be watched when outside.
Josie is litter trained and loves to lay on your lap. She sleeps on mine often.
Josie is a good girl. She just needs a chance. If you are looking to adopt a cat that isn't extra needy, isn't super demanding... a cat that is ok just hanging out and coming by for some affection once in a while and then going and doing her own thing, then Josie may be the cat for you.
She is very easy to care for, takes great care of herself. She's a very clean cat and seriously asks for so little. Please consider this girl if you think she sounds like a good fit. If not, SHARING CAN CHANGE LIVES!
Approx 3 years old
On Flea/Tick/Heartworm Prevention
Tested Negative for FIV/FeLV
Has been Dewormed & is Ear Mite Free
HOW DO I MAKE ONE OF YOUR RESCUE'S A PERMANENT FAMILY MEMBER?
-Message the page for our adoption application. This will help us determine if your home is the home of the pet's dreams! A purrfect fit is important to us. Upon that determination, we will have you stop in for a meet and greet at the FURcility!
-We allow for a 2 week trial run to make sure a proper placement for all involved.
-An adoption agreement is then completed.
-A reminder, we do have a No Declaw Policy
-Our adoption fee is $100.