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Chelsea
The inspiration for Shadowcat

 

 

Shadowcat started as an idea several years ago when a blind cat stumbled into our yard one night. She had a little vision, we believe at the bottom of her ‘field of view’. We think she saw some shadows. She was not only blind, but needed a special diet as she had renal problems. She had been spayed and declawed, and was wandering the alley late at night. She needed her home. An extensive search for her owner led to no results.

The idea was to create a template that could be incorporated into a neighborhood association web site, listing the pets in the area by location (i.e. between Avenue X and Avenue Y on Z Street), with photos. Such that if one saw a dog roaming free, a quick look on the neighborhood website could lead to where the animal belonged, and contact made to notify the owner that their pet is loose. Without needing to catch or contain the animal or trying to read tag on a collar.

An example is at:

http://stgregoryinfo.org/st_gregs_pets_main.html

Scroll down and click on ‘Clarendon Ave’.

Chelsea is gone now. She lasted almost two years before her kidneys finally gave out. But she is fondly remembered. She provided a learning experience few are privileged to witness, and was a prime example of determination as she stood her ground and made her way with the other two cats we already had, ChinChin and Charcoal.
An especially 'touching' moment was the time I could see the flash of recognition inside ChinChin's brain the day he touched noses with her and understood that she couldn't see him right in front of her.

That was then. This is now.

In 2012, a bad switch in my car set it, and consequently the house, on fire. We were out for 7 months.

As I watched the flames, I was flooded with a new meaning of ‘homeless’. We had four inside cats, three brought in off the street and one rescued from being turned into a shelter.

We were also feeding a family of four and one other one outside.

Someone fostered two of our cats. I thought it would be ‘good karma’ to offer to foster once we returned. It has been four years, and we have NEVER HEARD from ANYONE in the loop. And the ‘adorable, we want them back’ cats have shredded EVERY door jamb in the house!!!!!

I got involved with helping feed a couple feral colonies. That started with some TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) work. That led to getting SOME adopted, and some not getting adopted, and ultimately being taken in.

Currently we have fourteen regular indoor ones, seven (regular, except for one escape artist) in a 16’x16’ pen, and another nine loose.

One of the colonies I was helping to feed was about a dozen cats. Management of the property was turned over from father to to daughter, who found the feeding dishes (behind the property) to be an eyesore, and did not want any liability of us on the property ‘after hours’. The other feeder took half, and I got half. That is what STARTED in the ‘chat-i-eau’. They all escaped and the three remaining ones roam the grounds.

We are not an ‘organization’ of any sort. This is Patty and I on our own, ripping through our retirement accounts.

If you would like to help us out, please feel free to contact us. I don’t want an ongoing ‘GoFundMe’.

Contact Shadowcat @:
shadowcat1953@q.com