In January 2016, Pasado's Safe Haven rescued 47 cats and kittens from deplorable conditions after they were abandoned in their home in Snohomish. Orchestra (for those who follow @foster_kittens
, she went by Eloise) and 10 of her friends were quickly transferred to Purrfect Pals, where they could be safe, warm, fed regularly and receive much needed medical care and socialization. Typical of cats from hoarding situations, Orchestra came in scared, shy, under-socialized, unspayed and with an upper respiratory infection. In the year since coming to us, Orchestra received the medical care she needed, regular meals and loads of TLC. In addition to her foster home, she spent time in our intensive socialization program at the Monroe Reformatory with an inmate specially trained in working with these cats. Unfortunately, when she was taken to the prison she developed stress diarrhea, which is unusual. Orchestra is better socialized than when she came to us a year ago, but she remains nervous/skittish around people, and is still not a fan of being picked up, undoubtedly a holdover from her experience in the hoarding situation, Recently, a wonderful woman, a vet tech, came to the shelter to find a cat. We showed her all of our adoptable cats, both the easy, well adapted ones as well as the more challenging ones. In the end, she really connected with Orchestra and promptly took her home. Orchestra’s new mom lives alone, with no other animals, and has a lot of experience with under-socialized cats like Orchestra. Today we’re including you in our celebration of this awesome, happy new beginning!
Another cat you may have followed, Prince George, (@foster_kittens
called him Prince Henry) is still at the prison along with some other Pasado’s cats. We are still seeing slow but steady “baby steps” of progress each week when we visit the prison. When we got these cats we could barely pick them up because they were truly terrified of people. They are still learning to trust people but we can now hold them, trim their nails, and they are finally playing with toys. When they're ready for forever homes we'll be sure to let you know.