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Animalkind, Inc.
P. O. Box 902, Hudson, New York 12534

Letters

From Cathryne Zemann - 3 March 2007

Just wanted to give you an update on Lucky (aka "Blacky") and Babs, and to use for your forever family stories in the newsletter.

We first saw the photo of Lucky online when she was too young to be adopted.. She was so adorable, we knew she was the one for us. Due to the "buy one get one free" promotion we looked around to meet the other "friends". We were so impressed with the day-care like environment where the cats lived. It was spotless and full of toys and all the pals seemed to get along fine. Shortly into our search Babs appeared dragging her leg as she played. I'm hard pressed to select the right word: infirmed, disabled, challenged, because if any of the words fit Babs, she didn't seem to know it. This friend was clearly our second forever kitty. Although her leg curled inward from the second joint and she couldn't walk on the pads or even straighten it out, she nonetheless engaged in play, "stick handling" the toys as if with a leg like the other cats (or any hockey player). She had the best spirit, despite her troubled beginnings.

On adoption day we took Lucky home and set the tiny baby in a warm spare bedroom with lots of food and water and places to explore - stage one of her forever home. She adjusted with ease. We still had a big decision to make about Babs. Although we wanted her with us and admired her courage, a 15-20 year commitment is a serious decision. It didn't take us long and the next day we went to retrieve Babs. We felt she deserved her forever home.

Babs was still skittish, so we respected that and put her in a quiet and warm room where she could stay in her travel container or get out and explore at her pace. We left treats of tuna and milk and dry food to welcome her. The next morning there were signs that she was eating and exploring, so we left the door open in case she wanted to come out, or remain in what was so far familiar.

As soon as we opened the door she ran into the Family Room and up the chimney. We were panic stricken - she seemed to be quite comfortable. A little while latter I was holding the baby, Lucky, in my arms when our dog had to go out. I needed to put Lucky down on the chair so I could attach our dog to her collar outside. Lucky began to cry and cry and cry and this drew Babs out of the chimney in protection of her new baby friend. As soon as they met the little baby ran up the stairs as if to say "lemme show you my room". They were fast friends ever after, and now live together in the upstairs room where they eat together and sleep together and lick each others head. By now they have full range of the house and have generously offered to share some parts of it with us. The baby is growing strong and fat. Babs continues as capable as any four-legged creature - what might have been called an infirmity has only strengthened her back legs and made her capable of standing upright like a prairie dog.

We can only say that Animalkind has rescued these wonderful beings and enriched our lives in our forever home.

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Animalkind Inc.is a not-for-profit welfare, protection, rescue, rights organization dedicated to the  compassionate care and humane population control of abandoned, feral and stray cats in Hudson, New York (Columbia County) and the surrounding area.  We promote non-lethal  prevention of an unwanted litter or litters of kittens through trap, spay, neuter, release (return), (tnr, TNR).  An altered cat or kitten is released into a managed colony. Felines living in such colonies are assured kind daily care.  Adoption to  homes providing love and care for cats and kittens is encouraged.   We also provide low or no cost spaying and neutering assistance to low income pet owners and help increase public awareness and education through the media, special events, and publications to promote compassion, respect, and kindness towards all animals.


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