Topic: Shadow – Cat abandoned on my doorstep, needs home
Shadow – Cat abandoned on my doorstep, needs home
On Thursday evening I came home (Brightwood area) to a terrible surprise. A small pet carrier with a beautiful, 2 year old, black cat inside. This is the note that accompanied my surprise:
“Hi, this is Shadow. I (sic) moving tomorrow and I have done everything I could to find her a good home and wasn’t successful. She’s never been outside so she’s a house cat. She’s 2 yrs old and very spoiled and in need of a good home. I am leaving her in your care because I see you have a love for cats and if you can’t keep her please find her a good home. Thanks so much, Sharon.”
Some neighbor, had to move but couldn’t take her cat with her, so she decided that it was easier to dump her burden on a stranger than to deal with the issue of relocating the cat herself. For as angry as I am about this person’s callousness towards me and this poor cat, I am at least grateful that she didn’t simply open the door, throw the cat out and leave (like others have done in my neighborhood.) But this event has been a bit difficult for the little girl. She spent a bunch of hours in a cage on my hot front porch, surrounded by neighborhood feral cats. She is now in a strange place, sequestered to a single room. She wouldn’t eat for a over a full day after she was brought in and spent the first day crammed underneath a wardrobe, hissing and growling. She has since softened, and can be pet. Though she may still hiss on occasion, you can see that she really WANTS to be pet and have her head scratched, though there is conflict within her. She has been very good about using the littler box.
I am not capable of keep this little girl. We already have 5 (yes I said FIVE!) cats inside. We had up until very recently SIX, but just lost one due to illness. We are at a delicate balance right now, and that cannot be upset. Besides, what Shadow needs right now is a safe place to decompress and grow to trust. That is not going to happen in a house with three male bullies constantly harassing her. So I’m turning to the various grassroots networks of DC for help. Can someone give this little girl a home that she can trust? I can see that she wants to be affectionate. She was very well cared for by her previous mom as evident by her brand new carrier, rabies tag, overall shiny/silky appearance. I’m sure that she will blossom once she feels she is safe and loved again. We’re trying to undo the trauma she experienced coming to us, but a life locked in a single room is no good. If you or someone you know can love this little girl, please respond back to me to find out more. Thank you!