Oscar loves laying on the raised edge of the wood stove hearth ... but he hasn't got an aggressive bone in his body and will quickly surrender his spot to anyone who elbows him aside.
From the first, it was clear that this sweet and gentle soul didn't have even a smattering of kitty street smarts. He was so thin and so scratched up and limping so badly when he first showed up here.
To this day, I'm not sure whether Dora saved his life by sharing the food I put out for her with him, or if he saved her life by helping her not to be afraid of me. Like the cowardly lion, Oscar was a reluctant hero who did his level best to protect little Dora from visiting toms until I was able to get my paws on her and get her spayed. ( the subject of how very young a female cat is when she can start to go in heat is a well worn topic that is still deserving of its own post on another day )
But I am wandering afield here. Why am I babbling about Oscar when these are very clearly not pictures of my (now ) sleek and handsome tuxedo fellow? This morning, I received an email from a friend about a sweet fellow named Lefty who really, really reminds me of Oscar.
Lefty was lucky enough to be scooped up in the latest TNR done by Sonya from SCAR. Why is he available for adoption? Doesn't the R in TNR stand for Return?
Of course it does, but sometimes common sense has to prevail. It quickly became evident that Lefty wasn't part of the feral cat colony. He was badly wounded, his tail was fractured and he had a broken tooth. Sadly, the spirit of this formerly tame cat has also been broken and SCAR wants his new family to be willing to take whatever time is needed to build trust with this sweet and handsome boy.
He has been tested, vaccinated and neutered. He has been given antibiotics and his physical wounds are beginning to heal. He is responsive to a gentle touch and just needs the security and love of having his own family. If you believe that you are willing and able to share such a rewarding journey with this great guy, contact email@example.com.
I could almost envy the person who will be wise enough to recognize this sweet boy's potential. Long after the flowers have wilted and the chocolates are gone, Lefty will still be able to warm up a kind heart.