A Letter from Beau & Pumpkin’s caretaker
Being a worker at the shelter for the past two years I have come to learn about the different types of behavior seen from cats at the shelter. You get your very happy, laid back cats. You have your typical playful & lovable cats. You get ones that kind of stick to themselves and ones who want nothing to do with anyone and are just plain scared. The hard part about understanding these behaviors is figuring out if this is the personality of the cat or if this is a Shelter Anxiety causing them to act this way.
Beau has spent most of his life at the shelter. Coming in as a kitten he found himself in a very strange place. He would scurry the minute anyone strange would come to his door. He watched his roommates come and go, yet he lived in one room almost his entire life. Nowhere to go, nowhere to hide from the strange two legged creatures. Beau was having shelter Anxiety. Myself along with the other workers at the shelter could see his potential only if he had a home to call his own. That’s when I decided to take Beau home. Already having two other cats and a dog home I knew it would be a challenge, but this poor little guy needed a chance that I could give him. When I came to take Beau home I realized that taking Beau I would be leaving Pumpkin by himself in a room, which would of meant he would be placed in another room with all these strange animals. Seeing how well both Beau and Pumpkin got along I took them home. It was a pretty bump road at first. Pumpkin was playing too rough with my other cats, Beau was hiding. Then one day I noticed the magic happening. Beau was chasing my other cats (playfully) letting my two children touch him. Running up for attention as soon as I would come home from work, even some mid night snuggles from him. About a month ago, I added another member to my crazy household a 6 month old retriever who loves to play with all the kitties (tag being his favorite game). This Set Beau back for a few days but now he is better than ever. He begs for more attention from me and moves freely with the big guy roaming around the house. Beau has done a complete 360 since moving into a home. With Pumpkin I didn’t notice the shelter Anxiety until I got him home. He seemed to be perfectly normal at the shelter and I got him home, I realized this cat isn’t just great, he is perfect. Adjusting well to all of the animals in the house almost immediately. Loving my children and I came so easy to him. Lying on my chest and cuddling into my neck, I knew this guy wouldn’t have any trouble finding a home.
So now I have had these fur babies in my care for over two months. I know it’s time to let them go. As much as I love these guys I cannot keep them. I want to be able to help more animals like Beau & Pumpkin, In order to do that I need the space in my heart and home to do so. HELP PUMPKIN & BEAU FIND THEIR HOME.