08 August 2013
Back in early March I received a call from John at the fish
farm in Mildenhall. He had several feral cats living there, 2 of which
hadn’t been neutered. We had worked on the nearby camping site a couple
of years ago and knowing of our work he approached us for help.
So off I went early one cold wet morning to see what could
be done. The cats there are all lovely and come running as soon as John
arrives to feed his fish. Both the cats that needed neutering were there
and we managed to grab one and get that into a basket, but we had to give up on
the other one as we had well and truly spooked her.
Anyway, Gary as we called the little one we had caught, went
off to the vets to be neutered and checked over and was supposed to go off to a
farm near Calne. I say supposed as Gary turned out to be very quiet and
we were able to handle him. It was obvious right from the start that he
was a very gentle soul.
Well, after only one week he decided he rather liked regular
food, a nice warm dry bed to sleep in and lots of attention from lots of
people. So Gary was fostered firstly by me, then by Jax in her pen and
finally by Katherine where he soon got used to an indoor home life.
Everyone that had contact with Gary fell in love with him
and he soon became known as Gorgeous Gary. He is a really sweet natured
cat and everyone agreed he needed a really special home. So once we did
get the call from Mary to say she was interested in him, we knew it was going
to be a real tough decision to let him go.
I felt really responsible for Gary as he had trusted me
enough to know he wanted to be something other than a feral cat, so off I went
to do his home visit. It was a good visit, a lovely home, a lovely family
and a garden with mature trees in for Gary to climb if he wanted. So with
a really heavy heart I realised Gary would be leaving us.
He went to his new home in late May, where he soon made
friends with Jack the resident cat that at 10 months, was roughly the same age
as Gary. Mary says they charge round the house at all hours playing chase
with each other. Gary loves to take his toy mouse in and out to the
garden, it’s his favourite toy. He never goes far though and often checks
to make sure his mum and dad are still there.
Mary says “he really is the most sweet natured cat and we
love him so much. Thank you so much for allowing us to have him.”
Certain cats in branch care do tug at the heart strings and
boy did Gary tug at mine. If we hadn’t already got
John managed to catch the little feral female eventually and
after breaking out of a trap, living loose in our garage for 5 days, being
trapped again and neutered, went on to be relocated to a farm near Calne where
it is reported she is an excellent ratter.