P. O. Box 902, Hudson, New York 12534
- The Story of "Buster" -
In the Middle of September we got a call, that someone found an orange cat, lying in the middle of the road - all thin and with a broken leg. Since we, as a rescue organization, respond to every cry for help, we picked up "Buster" (as we named him) and immediately rushed him to the vet. "Buster" was bruised all over and hadn't eaten for a long time. He was dehydrated and his paw so badly broken that it couldn't be fixed properly. As it turned out, "Buster" was already neutered (means, he must belonged to somebody at one point in his life).
We checked with the Humane Society, hoping someone would miss him - but no luck.
In our home, he had to share his life with many other cats - all with a story on their own. "Buster" did not like to be here, too many cats, he was constantly complaining and hostile towards everyone. We felt for him, after all he went through, and hoped to find a good home for him - someone who would embrace his soul, in spite of his limping and old age. The chances are slim, there are too many homeless animals and not enough homes. Twice we introduced him to a potential home - twice he showed his worst side. It was clear to us, it would be close to impossible to place "Buster". I prayed for him, I prayed for the right person to adopt him.
I prayed for a good life for "Buster". I put a special ad in the newspaper for him, mentioning that he must had have a home at one point and that he really needs a special home, after all he went through.
Than I got a call from someone 30 miles away. The family was missing their orange, neutered male cat "Tommy" since August and gave up all hope - until they saw the ad.
Unfortunately, in all the years we rescue and hopefully try to reunite lost animals with their owners, none of our rescues have ever been claimed.
They looked at his picture at the web site, but they still had doubts. Than they came over to look at him "in person (cat)". The change in "Buster was remarkable. He actually purred! He responded to them in an (for us) unusual friendly way. They decided to take him home, not 100% sure, because "Tommy" had been a huge cat and "Buster" still was thin, but they still wanted to see him in his old environment. Than they called me a few days later. After 3 month being missed and 30 miles away, "Buster/Tommy" went right back to his old sleeping places, snuggles and purrs - he is a happy cat, he is "Tommy" and he is 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 (d-2).
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