I just had to share my good news with you all! For the past couple years I've been caring for 2 stray kitties that found their way to our cul-de-sac. Gypsy showed up first~a beautiful black petite little girl. Then Morris came along~a stocky orange tabby, very friendly but with a little attitude. They were great buddies & I kept them well fed & sheltered in our garage on cold nights. I managed to get them both to the vet at different times to be spayed & neutered so we wouldn't have kittens to deal with. I thought I would just keep them as outside cats since my 2 indoor cats & dog made it clear they didn't want any more siblings in their house. After a while I realized it just wasn't a good situation for any of us. I hated making them stay outside & seeing their sad faces looking in the doorway every time we went in & out & I also feared they would be run over or turned in to animal control by a neighbor who complained.
I got busy looking for homes for them, had no luck & turned to no-kill, cageless shelters. I found a wonderful place in Lincoln, NE called The Cat House that put them on their waiting list. After several months their number came up & I was able to bring them to the shelter! I decided to take them to the vet first so they would be all up-to-date on their shots, etc. & that's when we sadly found out that Morris had FIV. The Cat House has a room for FeLV cats but not FIV cats so they could not take Morris. They did however tell me about a wonderful place called
Rustic Hollow Shelter in Iowa which is a sanctuary for special needs cats. They have several acres out in the country & 5 different home-like buildings with outdoor enclosures for the cats to come & live out their lives in peace & get loved on by daily volunteers. I called them & they said they could take Morris so we were all set - yay!
I took my daughter out of school one Friday & we made the day-long road trip to Lincoln first to drop Gypsy off, then on to Nashua, IA to drop Morris off. Morris has adjusted wonderfully at Rustic Hollow & is happily living with all his new friends & still not showing any signs of illness! I've been keeping tabs on Gypsy checking the Cat House's website page listing the cats for adoption. I checked it today & got worried because I couldn't find her on the page! I was afraid maybe something had happened to her or she got sick or something. She had only been there barely 2 months so I thought there was no way she could be adopted already but I clicked on the "adopted cats" page & there she was!!! I am SO happy for her! She is now where she belongs~in a nice home with a loving owner safe & warm! Good for you sweet Gypsy!
Just wanted to share their story with you. Check out the Cathouse & Rustic Hollow websites~they are both wonderful places!