For those of you who follow ACS on social media, you may have seen our recent posts promoting our Fire Cats, as we have affectionately named them. As wonderful as social media is for reaching a wide audience and spreading the word, it’s difficult to tell stories on social media platforms, so some of you may have asked yourselves, “What is a #FireCat and why does it need to #RekindleLove?” Well, I’d like to tell you!
The Saga of the Fire Cats began when an elderly woman from the community contacted ACS for help. Overwhelmed with an ever-expanding population of cats, she told a story that is unfortunately too familiar to shelter professionals: she and her husband had rescued a cat a few years ago, which presented them with kittens shortly after taking her in. Without spay/neuter surgery, this situation soon became unmanageable, and their kind act of hospitality towards this homeless cat led to close to 20 cats living in her house. Although she loved them and did her best to care for them, things were clearly out of control, and she was in desperate need of help.
Thankfully, that was something we were able to provide! As I write this, she has placed 17 cats with us, which our dedicated caregivers and veterinary staff have been working hard to prepare for adoption. Their appearance, in varieties of orange and flame point, inspired fire-based names. Their names come from many languages, including English, Hawaiian, Hebrew, and Latin, and were chosen to represent not only their beautiful coats, but also their rebirth; fire is a symbol of new beginnings and starting over, and these kitties are ready for a new start in life.
They are making huge strides, and we are so proud of their progress! When they first came to us, many were very frightened, since the shelter is so different than their previous home—they had only ever met two people before us! They were wary of strangers and some preferred not to be touched, and none of them were comfortable being picked up. But through patient socialization with our caregivers, volunteers, and most recently our Cat Yoga participants, our Fire Cats are well on their way to Rekindling Love in their lives. As I write this, we are arranging for Saraph to go home to her new forever family!
These Fire Cats are still available for adoption! They deserve a new beginning—let’s find it for them!
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