I get a LOT of calls from folks thinking they need to to 'give up' their cats. Often they are able to keep them, with a bit 'o problem solving. Sometimes not.
In Chayanne's case, her caretaker had been forced to give her away by her husband, and was at the Contra Costa County "shelter", scheduled to be killed the following day. (A new director is being chosen, and s/he had better be down with the no-kill program)
The poor woman was in tears, desperate, and trying to find someone to rescue her beloved cat. She had called a lot of places with no luck. Fortunately, I was able to get to the "shelter" and bring her to my actual shelter. The woman will come visit Shayanne on Saturday.
Chayanne is lovely, a dignified, intelligent, and traumatized cat, making the best of things. She had been in the gulag since August 22. Bless her heart.
In one day she has started to relax, explore the window seats (she has two rooms and a bath to herself: in these photos she is in the bath) and she'll get to see her beloved caretaker in two days.
The No-Kill movement is growing. Doing more counseling on intake, more mobile adoptions, more fosters, return to field of ferals, etc. have allowed many shelters to achieve no-kill status in very short times. Look into how you can help the movement grow at www.nokillcontracostacounty.org!
The founder of Bee Holistic, Cynthia Burke, has been caring for cats most of her life, volunteering with such groups as the wonderful Animal Balance, and Fix Our Ferals. In 2011 Bee Holistic Cat Rescue and Care became a registered non-profit.