Stray Cat Finds His Calling While In A Foster Home

Written by: Adri Sandoval
Adri Sandoval is the Special Projects Manager for iHeartDogs and iHeartCats. Her work has deepened her love for animals, fostering a strong passion for rescue and animal advocacy.Read more
| Published on September 12, 2018

Panora Pets, a shelter that benefits from Greater Good Charities‘ GOODS program, recently shared this story about a very special kitty named Robert. This is how your contributions helped him recover and find his forever home. 

From Panora Pets:

A sickly, thin stray tomcat was found dragging along an unusable mangled front leg. He was rushed to the vet for emergency surgery to remove the leg and treat the infection. The vet told us his injury was from a gunshot wound and he had been dragging around that leg for some time.

Robert was sick and frightened, and with his sparse, faded, mangy fur, his cloudy eyes, and his skinny frame, he was an absolutely heartbreaking sight. After surgery, he went to a foster home, and for months he never left his cage . He just ate and slept… ate and slept… ate and slept.

As Robert started putting on weight and feeling better, he spent a lot of time watching the foster kittens that shared his room. It wasn’t long before he began attempting to play with them whenever they poked their little paws in his cage. Soon the kittens were jumping into his cage, and he happily shared his food and began grooming them. Before long, Robert jumped out of his cage to play with the kittens and never looked back!

Robert continued to gain weight, heal, and acclimate to an indoor life with humans and kept up his “foster dad” duties until all the kittens found forever homes. We listed him as available for adoption and waited for the perfect home that would understand his need for kindness and patience as he was still a little leery of humans.

A wonderful family that had previously adopted another three-legged kitty from us fell in love with his online profile and knew Robert was the next member of their family when they actually met him in person. They recently shared pictures of him looking as healthy and happy as can be… and even seeking out their love and attention!

We are a small non-profit shelter located in a rural community and receive no government funding of any kind. We struggle to make ends meet every month while trying to help so many stray, feral, and abandoned kitties and stray dogs in our county and surrounding areas. The GOODS program allows us to feed all the animals with good quality food and use the money we save to continue helping more animals in need.

– Panora P.E.T.S.

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