Organized by: Rachel Tate
Meet Houdini. On Monday evening I rescued him. Houdini is a two year old kitty who narrowly escaped death earlier this week when I intercepted his owner from taking him to the pound. He is not micro-chipped and so would have been killed within days of his surrender. I nicknamed him Houdini because within the first 24 hours he disappeared from behind a closed bathroom door and was found hanging out in his crate in my bedroom :)
Houdini had a rocky start to life. His previous owner denied him a litter box (a basic need for kitties!) for over two years because she was adamant that she would teach him how to pee/poop on the toilet. When he didn't master this "skill" she would punish him for pooping on the bathroom floor by rubbing his face in his feces or locking him outside and ignoring his cries to come back in for hours (or days). Upon his surrender the owner stated that Houdini was "a waste of two years", "completely undesirable", and that "euthanasia might be the most humane course"...!! The full story is actually quite sad, and you can read another excerpt of my correspondence with his owner here:
"To me, he’s just not worth it. I wanted 3 things from a cat: that he sleep with me, that he leash walk & that he use the toilet rather than a litter box. I got a nice cat tree bedside when he refused to sleep with me; bought a $200 stroller & took him out weekends when he refused to even try leashing despite multiple introductions & accepted that he was only ever going to pee in the toilet & I’d be stuck cleaning crap off the bathroom floor for the next decade & a half, so now I’m done. I’m not getting anything I want from the relationship, so see no point in investing further effort in vain attempts to make it work... At this juncture in my life, I’m tired of always settling & compromising; never having anything go my way, so I’m finished."
Despite the abuse and neglect Houdini suffered in his last home he is spirited and affectionate. He purrs madly, rubbing up against me and headbutting me forcefully every time he sees me. It's amazing that he is so trusting given his previous experiences with humans.
100% of the money raised through CrowdRise will go towards Houdini's rescue and vet costs including exams, medical testing, micro-chipping, food/litter and re-homing him. Any money left over will be donated in full to A Dog's Life Rescue.
Any amount is appreciated and I am truly grateful for your generosity and support!