Posted on 30 June 2012.
by Melissa Byrd, of PAWS of BI and N Kitsap, with Julie Hall June 30, 2012 4:25 a.m.
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A few weeks ago an email went around to Washington rescues asking for help in Grays Harbor. They had had two hoarder situations and had nowhere for the cats to go after all the court proceedings. Sadly, in Grays Harbor County there is such an overabundance of stray and unwanted animals that their lifespan once they enter “the system” is only about 72 hours. Many of the cats in the cases involved were household pets that would be euthanized purely for lack of space. This is always a tragedy. The fact that so many cats were going to be dumped into the system in such a short time made their situations even more desperate.
We contacted the agency who sent out the email and told them we could help. We got an immediate call back. The person told us she would hand pick the “cream of the crop” for us. We had to wait for the court to release the cats for adoption or rescue, which took a few days. Other groups that had also offered to help were waiting to get their cats too.
When we arrived in Aberdeen to pick up our cats, the ones that had originally been picked for us—young “pretty” cats—had been adopted into homes. This is always good to hear. We don’t want to prevent an adoption if one presents itself. The person I met was somewhat apologetic when she started handing me the cats: “I’m sorry they’re all boys. I hope you don’t mind there is a black one. He’s super sweet. Some of them have been fighting with one other due to the close quarters.”.
“Hmmmm,” I thought. It was not quite what I’d expected, but we said we’d help. Here are the Aberdeen five we brought back to Bainbridge:
A short-haired gray with some tabby markings, Bluto has white on his feet and chest. After I started calling him Bluto, the rest of the names just followed. Bluto has the “big tom cat” head but is only about 9 pounds. He is a sweet boy, who was the first to head-butt my hand for affection. He came right to me when I shook the treat bag. He has a few scars on him but is not at all aggressive with other cats. He likes to find a high perch to keep an eye on everyone and everything. He is probably about 5 years old.
Popeye is a medium-haired gray tabby, with kind of a Maine Coon look to him but is small at only about 8 pounds. This guy came out of his carrier talking and continued the entire nearly 2-hour ride to Bainbridge. He also is a friendly boy, probably between 8 and 10 years old. He was the only one of the “Five” who had indoor/outdoor access in his previous home.
BB is a short-haired gray and white young boy, probably about 2 years old. He is a bit skittish around the other cats, but he doesn’t mind being handled by people. He likes to hang out on the fenced porches and watch the feeder action. He is mellow with other cats.
Castor (Olive Oyl’s brother, I am told) is one of the younger ones—probably 18-24 months old. He is a sleek brown tabby with white on his feet, chest, and face. He likes to hang out with Barnacle Bill on the porches, and he has befriended some of the other younger cats at our Cattery. I have seen Castor playing with toys on the porches and running around batting fake mice and jingly balls. I wonder if he ever saw a toy before coming to us.
Last but certainly not least is Ham Gravy (another of Olive’s boyfriends, I believe). Ham G. is an older gentleman for sure. He is probably in the 8-to-10-year age group. Like the others, he is short-haired. He is all black, with some scars. Ham G. is like a lot of black cats that I’ve met: super friendly and easy-going. He gets along great with the other cats, and when I walk in the door in the morning he is one of the first to say hello. At about 8 pounds, he also is smallish. His coat is rough, and his ears are a bit tattered. He is a gentle kitty who lived with a lot of cats for a long time and probably got bullied.
View them in the following photo gallery:
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These are the Popeye Five. They will be working their way into the Adoption Center and Petco in the following weeks. If you’d like to meet one or more of them, please call 206-780-0656 to set up an appointment, or visit our website.
Photos courtesy of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County.