When 4-year-old King was at the Oakland shelter, there was no consoling this guy. Representatives from JGF Monthly Mojo recipient, Cat Town, knew he came from a home, and that his previous caretaker said he was a lovely, gentle cat. But, at the shelter, he would growl and lunge at anyone who got even few feet from his cage.
It’s a counter-intuitive thing that cats who come from great homes tend to do poorly in the shelter, having lost everything that is familiar, and often appear to be difficult cats as a result. We know it is difficult for other local rescue groups to take a cat like King, so saving cats who appear aggressive in the shelter is a core part of our mission.
Still, it’s challenging to take a cat in this state, since there is really no way to know his true personality until he is in an environment where he feels safe.
Having known King's history, and having seen cats in similar situations before, Cat Town was willing to bet that his aggression was a reaction to his new environment, and given the opportunity to get outside the shelter cage, would once again make a wonderful companion.
So they brought him to Cat Town, where their specially trained staff and volunteers worked with him, giving him the time and patience he needed. He was pretty wary when he first arrived, and it took a couple of weeks before he relaxed enough to allow one of the volunteers to give him pets. It was only up from there.
Shortly thereafter, he made his way into his new foster home, where Cat Town continued to see him return to the loving cat they knew he was before. Looking at the photo at the shelter and in his foster home, it’s hard to believe that is even the same cat. Now he's soaking up pets and playtime while he waits for his new family.
King's story is one we've seen so many times before, but without Cat Town, cats who are overwhelmed by the shelter would have no other resource or opportunity to show their true personality. That's why we're so dedicated to giving cats like King a chance outside the shelter cage.
To help more cats like Sunday, please contribute to Cat Town’s Gift That Gives More Campaign! Or purchase a copy of Catification, AUTOGRAPHED by Jackson Galaxy, and $5.00 of every sale will go to Cat Town. Use coupon code “CATTOWN” at check out.