BENEFITING: CAT TOWN
ORGANIZER: CAT TOWN
I'm raising money in honor of my Cat Town cat, Ember. I started volunteering at Cat Town in September 2015, and while I was already a cat lover (thanks in part to my first cat, Dez!), I knew very little about the kinds of cats, especially young cats and kittens, who end up in the shelter looking for homes. Ember came into the café as a Forgotten Kitten (a kitten of around four months of age who hasn't yet been properly socialized). She was taken to Oakland Animal Services after having been born into an animal hoading situation, and she was incredibly fearful and aggressive. She bit an intake worker at OAS and was on bite quarantine, 10 days from being euthanized, when Cat Town was able to work with the shelter to get her into a foster home. When I met her, everyone was afraid of her and she was untouchable. During my volunteer shifts, I would be able to play with her a little bit each time, and we developed a bond. Unfortunately, she got ringworm and was transferred out of the café to another foster home, and I decided to try bringing her home to work with her on more socialization.
For four months, Ember lived in a large closet space and I would spend about 30 minutes a day sitting near her, reading aloud, and getting her used to a non-threatening human presence. She and Dez learned one another's scents and gradually became curious about one another, playing with each other's paws through the closed door. One day, Ember came up to me and rubbed against my leg, offering herself to me to be pet. Soon after, she ran out of her room and decided she was ready to become part of our family trio! As I write this, she is sitting on my lap and purring. She and Dez play, snuggle, and wrestle with one another, and Ember solicits pets by chirping, and she sleeps in bed with me.
I know that Ember is just one of many cats with similar stories that Cat Town, in partnership with OAS, has helped save. There is no limit to what Cat Town can do!
Please help Cat Town save more at-risk shelter cats.
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