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~ An Adoption Story ~
Do you remember our unsocialized cat, Macey? She was left in a basement all of her life to fend for herself among piles of junk, rarely socialized. Since today's theme is all about love, we give you a love story of a different sort–the power of love to heal–written by one of our very own foster volunteers, Sue Caswell.

Just before the 4th of July holiday, my husband and I learned of a recent arrival at the HSKC. Although the stories of many of the animals tug at our heartstrings, this particular cat’s history was particularly distressing. Macey had been essentially relegated to a dirty basement with little human contact for four years and was traumatized by being taken to a new environment full of activity, people and other animals, even though the intent was to make her life better.

Since a holiday weekend meant the shelter would be closed for an extended period, we decided to bring her to our house to begin her rehabilitation. Our first task was to set her up in a place where she would feel safe but where she could also observe the activity in some of the house. After all, we had six cats and three dogs of our own and several fosters in residence, so there was plenty of activity to observe. Her quarters were my sewing room with a gate across the door. For several weeks, I would proceed into the room with great caution because I never knew when Macey’s paw with extended claws would come streaking at me accompanied by copious amounts of hissing. My attempts to pet her were met with a similar result so it became a contest to see who was fastest. She was usually the winner and my husband and I both had bites and scratches to verify our attempts at “getting to know you”. Our other animals were having even less success, although they are a mostly friendly bunch.

Being tenacious and understanding of Macey’s past, we continued to speak to her gently, sneak in an occasional pat and reassure her that all was well. We have finally seen our efforts rewarded to the extent that she now
comes out of her quarters (still the safe zone) and into to areas where there is activity. She has warmed up to some of the other cats, but the dogs are still suspect. Her favorite spot is a rocking chair in the kitchen where she can watch what is going on around her. Several times I have been able to pick her up and cuddle with her, although she will sometimes hiss at me when I put her down, sort of for old times'
sake or because she still has a lot of residual anxiety. She will not sit in my lap of her own choosing but that’s okay
. She is making progress.

Ready for the plot shift? I got to this point and realized how unfair it would be to send Macey off to yet anther unknown environment. She has had enough trauma for all nine of her lives. I called my tender-hearted husband to see if he would support my plea to keep Macey and, as I suspected, his answer was yes. Thanks to generous donors, Macey has already been spayed so she is ready to call our zoo, I mean home, her permanent address.
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