A “rescue” cat or kitten is a cat or kitten that was once abandoned, abused, and/or homeless at some point in their life. Whether they were born or thrown outside is irrelevant; their life experience(s) are what define each one. With each experience they have, they are molded into who they are. It is what makes them unique and gives them their personality. One trend I am noticing with our many rescue families are the genetics, or in-born personality traits adopted from other felines in their colony. For example, if a mother is timid, her kittens will most often be timid as well. If there are aggression issues, chances are most in the colony will have the same difficulties adapting to change and trusting humans.
Knowing this is an essential part of rescue. For an adoption to be successful, each rescue must be assessed and understood. They must be adopted into homes where they will continue to thrive and grow. Failure to do so may result in a rescue cat or kitten showing behavioural issues such as anxiety, aggression, marking, fear, and even regression. Each of these outcomes will typically end up in frustration and possibly the return of the adopted cat or kitten. This would be detrimental to a rescue.
We pride ourselves on how well we know our felines. This will indeed result in some applicants being denied a certain rescue. This is not personal, it is as we have always stated. That we will always put our rescues first. We will not adopt out a rescue into a home where we feel they would not fare well for whatever the reason. Most of our followers commend us for this as we make it very clear that we are about the rescue and not about a profit. We have been accused of “throwing away our money” by others in rescue and to be perfectly honest, we are proud of ourselves when we hear that. We will not adopt out our rescue cats and kittens on a whim, to make a fast buck, or to make space for more. We take our time with our process and do what we feel is best for our rescues. This may result in a cat or kitten having a longer stay with us, a longer wait period until adoption, or it may be an amazing fit right away.
Bottom line is, we are humans trying to act on behalf of those without a voice. These beautiful creatures who grace our lives, yet somehow found themselves on the street. They were unloved and uncared for. They deserve a fighting chance and if we don’t stand up and fight for them, who will?
With our most recent trapping project I have realized one thing… we must solve the problem, not add to it. It’s as simple as that.