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From Azrael's Place:
"Many people get involved in animal rescue because of the pictures of animals. They do not realize that these animals are only a small portion of the calls they will get. Often the ones that get to the animal control are saved. Our rescue has a large network of foster homes and adopters. Each adopt and foster spreads the word about our dedication and love for the furbabies, and the steps we take to help them. We get pleas for medical assistance, help rehoming their furry family members, and the calls asking for assistance with the strays showing up in their yards.
"One such call came in one of our fosters in central Illinois. The foster's had a cat show up at the house, and a broken window, the cat was sleeping on their side porch. The town has a large population of stray cats, and the local animal control will not pick up cats, even if they are injured.
"The family could not get near the cat, so they thought it was feral. We wanted to wait for a place to go before, but life had other plans.
"A week after this cat showed up, the family found a kitten under their bushes. They managed to catch him and named him Walker. There is usually no need for kitten's friend. Our foster could not put off the trapping any longer. She grabbed her kitten traps and rushed to her aunt's house.
"To make things worse, we discovered that a man living a couple of houses started shooting with his boyfriend when he saw them. He thought it was fun. The stray porch cat was one of his usual targets.
"At 2 am, the porch cat still had not shown up. We were afraid of the worst since the family said he usually showed up around 10 pm. We freshened up the bait in the traps and went back to waiting.
"Finally, at 3:30 am, one of the kitten traps had something in it. And just FYI has a kitten trap 6 × 6, big enough just for a kitten. Imagine our surprise to see a full grown adult cat in a kitten trap! How to manage a mystery, but a hunger is a huge force.
"Once the cat has been put into a carrier and given food, we have discovered that instead of hiding at the back. This is not the normal feral behavior. Sheb, was a friendly, skinny, unneutered male, with BB shots buried under his skin.
"No more kittens were found at this location, even though the traps were left out for 24 hours.
"Sheb successfully recovered and gained back the weight. Pretty normal for his size or even a little more. Thank you Bank for making his recovery possible!
"After some wait, we were able to transfer Sheb to a Petco adoption event. Of course, this lover boy caught the hearts of our volunteers, and they were pitching to adopt each other. Finally, a previous adoptive home cam looking for a kitten and went back home with SHEB!
"We could not be happier for our boy! Rescue Bank is our angel! We could not help but help with food, litter, and vaccines. To get a number on it, 75% of our intake is made possible by Rescue Bank donations. "
– Azrael's Place