Most of her sites are away from human homes: recycling centres, warehouses and the like, as well as the occasional lost cat reported to us. Comet was different. Comet was spotted last December near a Richmond veterinary office, with houses all around. It was on a main road, so there was some concern for her safety, especially as it was suspected that she was pregnant. Regular traps were ignored (or occupied by the occasional raccoon), but gradually hunger got the better of her and the tuna plate was moved further and further into the trap.
|Comet at trap - SR|
|Carol & Stephanie have Comet safe at last|
|Comet's "roomie" Parker with her kittens - KD|
Once the two littles were well on the way, Kati decided she might as well feed all three, and Comet was brought to the Sanctuary. The kittens continued in foster, and then went for adoption.
|Uno & Uri Uno, now Mortimer (Morty) at 3 months|
In her Sanctuary cage, Comet had a grudge against the world. She hated the people who came to feed her; she hated the cats who passed by – even though she couldn’t see them. For a while, we thought we might have another Jingles on our hands.
|Comet behind her drape - PH|
|Allowing herself to be held by Lenaia! - PH|
We think it’s likely she was someone’s cat, and either escaped or was dumped – the fact that she was found near the veterinary office is, after all, a little suspicious. She, and all her kittens, would certainly have died if Stephanie hadn’t been so determined to rescue her, and if Kati hadn’t had the knowledge and experience to get her through birthing. Instead of which, three handsome kittens have good homes, and Comet has a place where she will be loved and cared for. Way to go, ladies!
Blog by Brigid Coult
Photos by Kati Degraaf, Phaedra Hardman, Stephanie Ross, Michele Wright