Oracle & Toffee: the Saga!
Funds were raised for the flight, suitable under-the- seat carriers purchased, and I was to meet the woman, from whose colony these two had come, at the Oakland airport. When she arrived, only one of the two, the (thought-to-be) blind one, Oracle, was with her. She'd been afraid that the other was too stressed to make the trip. Much ado...back and forth, but July was certain that they needed to stay together. Sooooo...a miracle! Turns out that one couple in LA is dedicated to exactly what we needed: transporting cats distances!! We arranged a day, and this incredible couple arrived with the younger one, Toffee! He ran under the bed, not surprisingly, then we had a lovely lunch together. (This is the much-shortened version)
There are such angels; they do "transport": transporting, usually by car, animals long (or short) distances to a safe harbor. I did it once: I was one "leg" of a trip with a dog. Nice.
So...turned out that Oracle is not blind...happy discovery! After seeing the eye specialist, he was diagnosed with a lens in one eye which moved around (ouch) and given drops...re-check and plan-making in two weeks. (the other eye was perfect) And it turned out, via the intuitive July, that Oracle was watching out for Toffee, not the other way around. Oracle had, bless him, been at this colony for three years, and Toffee was a young newcomer. Oracle is on my lap every chance he gets, and Toffee is coming out from under the bed way more often...poor guy was pretty traumatized...