P. O. Box 902, Hudson, New York 12534
We haven't e-m'd in a while and in one respect I guess that's a good thing. It means no tragedies. Things at the barn I monitor have stabilized because of Animalkind's spay-neuter program.
There was not one kitten born to that community this season. The cats that I adopted out are all doing well as are my own crew. The feral that I took in last December has gained about six pounds and although I doubt she will ever be a "lap cat" she's crazy for my baby bulls and I intend to keep her. It has been an exercise in patience, A quality that here-to-fore has never been associated with me.
It has been a privilege to watch her trust increase by millimeters on a daily basis. While she has been living in the garage attached to the house she has, within the last month, been sneaking into the house and running around with the other cats. I intend to allow her about one more month to tvl between the garage and house before I integrate her to the interior of my home full time.
She is called Budda. She seems happy and while she is still, and may always be wary, I have seen the expression on her face change to a relaxed curiosity from suspicion and sheer terror. She actually allows me to play with her using a cloth puppet on a string that she loves to attack. When she is tired and lazy I can even sneak in a few pets. This is an incredible transition from an animal who would spit, hiss, run from or attack a human last winter. I tell you all this because without your example, instruction and support I might never have attempted this "project" or continued with the barn. I thank you for all you do and for being a leader and advocate on animal issues.
I intend to participate in the Bozo run on Sunday. Hope to see you there. If not, be well. I am sure that we will be in contact.
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