From Scaredy Cat In A Cattle Field To Rescue Kitty With A Favorite Toy Thanks To You!

Written by: Kelli Brinegar
For more than five years, Kelli Brinegar has been using her ability to write and her passion for research to tell the tale of what cats are thinking and why. She has provided care to more than 30 cats in her lifetime.Read more
| Published on October 26, 2023

People can be so cruel to cats, and poor Riley knows this sad fact firsthand. He was dumped on a cattle farm, and somewhere along the way, some monster shot him with a BB gun. After such a cruel act, Riley was understandably suspicious of people, but the cat lovers of Few Steps From Home Animal Rescue would soon show him that not all humans are bad. Thanks to the magic of love, food, and fun toys, Riley finally understands what happiness means.

And you were part of giving Riley this gift. When you shop with iHeartCats, every single purchase funds donations for felines in need. Whether you purchase a cute cat shirt for yourself or supplements for your cat, that cart full of goodies gives compassion. Through our partnership with Greater Good Charities, we ensure shelter cats receive food and other necessities while waiting for their forever home.

Finding Happiness Thanks to the Good Stuff

To date, the GOODS Program has delivered over 578 million meals to shelters and rescues nationwide. That’s more than 6,000 truckloads delivered to hungry animals! But it’s not just about the food; the GOODS Program also ensures rescues and shelters receive other vital necessities, toys included. And when cats and kittens have toys to play with and good food to eat while in rescue and foster care, they learn how to be happy and loving cats for their forever homes.

But it would take some time for Riley to warm up to fun as he had some healing to do first.

“When he arrived at our rescue, he was very thin and so very scared,” Few Steps From Home shared about Riley. “We noticed a round spot on his forehead and side. X-rays showed that he had been shot with a BB gun.”

Surgery to remove the pellets proved unsuccessful, leaving him stuck with the evidence of how mean some people can be. The shooting also caused him “some brain or vision damage.” But no matter the damage he deals with, Riley now loves the goodness of a full bowl and thinks toys are pretty great, too! And it seems that he has favorite…

“Riley was very happy when we presented him with Hartz unicorn kicker toy. We have given him other toys, but the kicker toy definitely made his day.”

Toys Mean More Than Just Fun

Such a simple thing as finding a favorite toy can make all the difference for a kitty. And with the donations that roll in from GOODS, there are lots of options for rescue cats to choose from.

“We are very grateful to the GOODS Program and Hartz for donating fun toys,” said Few Steps From Home. “Our kitties can have so many neat choices of toys in which to play and stay active and entertained. Their happiness is what it’s all about!! Thank you! #greatergoodscharities #hartz”

And it’s your purchases that fund these life-changing donations of food and toys. So, go ahead and pick up something cute for you and your feline and help more kitties in need!

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