Luna, a rescued Rockland cat, sits with her family Lila Hume in her forever home. Contributed photo
By Amy Woolvett
It has been two years since 33 cats were found abandoned in a Rockland home.
The startling case reached out across the province after the animals were discovered, fending for themselves in a run-down abandoned home.
Pet Projects’ resources have been strained and at times overwhelmed as they cared for, brought to health and adopted out the Rockland cats.
Two of the original 33 cats died and all but eight of those taken in were adopted.
The cats have come a long way under the love and attention of volunteers and their new adoptive families.
When Cheryl Bower first saw the cats in the abandoned home, she said it was not a pretty sight.
“It seemed so much more than 33 cats,” she said. “They were terrified…it was too awful…cold, dirty, starving”
A group of dedicated volunteers have been visiting the cats on a daily basis, to offer love and food but Pet Projects wants to see the remaining cats find their forever homes.
“We just want them to be with people getting love and caring,” said Bower. “They need a family.”
The Rockland cats that have found families seem to be settling in well.
Luna’s family includes Lara Parsons her partner and daughter Lila Hume.
Parsons said Luna is a special cat.
“She’s so friendly and gregarious,” she said. It took a bit of work to overcome Luna’s timid behaviour. They brought Luna home only a few weeks after the cat was found in Rockland and the family each took turns wrapping the cat in a blanket and holding her.
“Luna’s room is Lila’s room, they are pretty close,” she said. “She has fit well into the family.”
Shelburne Residents Helen and John Foss and their two children Max and Sam brought home their Rockland cat from the shelter not long after they were found.
Stevie is a little grey tabby that has made a big impression on the Foss family.
“She is a lovely little kitty,” said Helen. “We initially had to do quite a lot of work.”
She said the poor cat was terrified and could be found hiding behind something in small spaces.
“I took a cushion and would sit with her every night for an hour,” she said.
It took some time but eventually Stevie came around.
“It did take time but there was such a sense of satisfaction the first time she sat on my lap,” said Helen.
“She has quit a quirky personality but sometimes you can tell she’s so grateful,”
She said she is great with both the children and other pets in the home.
Bower said all of the cats that have found homes have had success stories.
“It feels good to validate what precious pets they have,” she said.
She said while the eight remaining cats get the things they need it is still sad that two years later they remain in a shelter.
“We will be as elated as heartbroken when they leave,” she said. “We love them but want them to be in their forever home now.”
Anyone interested in adoptions/enquiries can visit www.petprojects.ca to view photos of cats or message them on FaceBook (Pet Projects) or call 875-2367 to arrange a visit to meet the kitties.