One year ago. Does anybody out there happen to remember what I was doing this time last year? I certainly remember. I am planning to use what was going on last September to push for some adoptions this September. Yes, I definitely remember how I spent this month last year, but I had forgotten some of the little details. In preparation for today's post, I went back and read through the story that took a full SEVEN posts to tell last September. The story took me right back there – like it was yesterday. And yet, a year has gone by. That's the very reason I'm writing about this now – Truly, Autumn, and Shiloh have been here an entire year. They need homes.
If you've never read their story and would like to (and you are a person who has time for that sort of thing – Ha, right?), you can go back into the Archives to September 2012. The first post about them is 9/11. Then 9/12, 9/13, 9/18, the first two paragraphs in 9/19, 9/20, and the final chapter is 9/27. It's a really good story and VERY uplifting. As it was playing out in real time, it was actually quite trying. This particular rescue took up a lot of time, and used a ton of gasoline. But to start where we did and finish with the ending we got – well, there just isn't happier stuff in rescue work. Of course, at the time all of this was happening, I didn't know the ending. There was a sort of dread hanging over me daily as I worried about those three precious little souls trying to survive in the middle of nowhere. And there was the decision that was going to have to be made at some point as to when to stop trying. There were even days when I wondered if I had hallucinated the “third kitten.” I guess the horror of it all, even now, is what if we'd stopped trying too soon. I shudder to think that Shiloh would not just have been left out there in the wilderness to fend for himself. He would have been completely alone – without his feline family whom we had already trapped. And the icing on this nightmare cake? - Shiloh was out there with a broken leg.
Of course, I only became aware of the truth as I discovered it. Luckily, this rescue was 100% successful. So now I come to the not as successful part. These three precious souls have now been Winnie's Wishers for a full year. Their life is not bad here - certainly better than where they were. But sweet Truly is absolutely DESPERATE for a human of her own. She is the number one most friendly kitty in the cathouse. Autumn's not far behind. And boy, oh boy, do I have an update for you concerning Shiloh. His nickname had become Shy Shiloh. NOT ANYMORE. Shiloh now joins Truly and Autumn in a race to the door when I step inside the cathouse each day. He runs TO me so I will pet him and he rubs on my legs as I walk around doing the work.
From the very first chapter when three little kittens were homeless in an extremely remote area, to the quite nerve-wracking rescue operation that played out for days and days, to the Chip-in that paid for Shiloh's surgery, to the patient taming of three near-feral felines – THIS has been a real success story . . . except for the FINAL chapter. Forever homes.
These are three wonderful, beautiful, friendly, healthy, amazing kitties. They get along perfectly with each other, but also with the other cats in the cathouse. With some adjustment time, I believe they would be fine in households that already include other cats. Or maybe there's someone out there who is cat-less right now, and would like to adopt all three. When my sister and brother-in-law's two cats left for the Rainbow Bridge within months of each other, they adopted THREE Winnie's Wishers all at the same time. They say it was the best decision they could have made. Those three are best of buddies and of course, EVERYBODY needs at least three cats . . . right? Or if any one of these sweeties grabs you by the heartstrings, my own heart would rejoice. They have been here an entire year. I'd love for all three to be adopted into forever homes. Surely I won't still be writing about them next September.
Here they are – the members of the 2012 September Success Story. Help me find the people who will write the final chapter.
Spread the word, Friends! Truly, Autumn, and Shiloh are MORE than ready for their very own forever homes.