Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: St. John's NL (Canada)
The day Sansa came into our lives
I have not been online in a long time. But around 3 October my boyfriend and I were walking down the road to the store and noticed an unfamiliar cat bunched up tight in a corner of the back door of the store. She was small and her eyes were squeezed shut, she was very afraid and wouldn't immediately come up to me. I'm used to petting cats on the street and can usually note which ones are used to being out and which ones are scared. She was very scared. And small, a little underweight. I thought she was hurt bc of the way she moved her tail so I said we're definitely not keeping her outside.
We carried her back to our place, and put her in the bathroom separate from Oliver. I got straight online to the non-profit sites on facebook, for anybody to come take her to SPCA, humane services, foster anything. I called the no-kill shelter and they flat out refused her (which is my problem with no-kill organizations, a story for another day). I had 2 people lined up within 3 or 4 days. One was going to drive her to the other's house as a foster. Oh, also, I did up posters looking for her home. As sweet and affectionate as she is I thought someone was missing her. Bc I was convinced we could not keep her, our place is small and we couldn't afford to have her spayed and everything else. He being locked in the bathroom became a source of tension between myself and boyfriend- we were at our wit's end. This cat was nice, friendly, talkative.. But she was not spayed and we couldn't keep her. Oh, and when the tentative foster lady found out she wsn't spayed, she refused to take her.
October 10, we still had her. We don't drive because if we did I would have dropped her off at SPCA days earlier. We were at the mercy of organizations on fb. Nobody would come take her but nobody would "allow" me to take her SPCA. My bf and I talked long and hard about it and decided to have her spayed and keep her if she got along with Oliver. We had grown somewhat attached by then.
We wrote all the leading female characters from Game of Thrones on paper and drew Sansa out of the bag.
A stroke of sheer luck: Around the 19th of Oct I get a call at midnight from an acquaintance who is involved with a non-profit feral cat colony organization who spay colony cats and she was part of a group who captured 30 ferals for spay the next morning, but because of the weather they only caught 26 and wondered if I wanted Sansa spayed at no charge. All fee's were covered by the org and the vets were doing it for free. So we had Sansa spayed for free, but we gave them a donation anyway.