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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Chloe, it's time to go home

Congratulations Chloe, on at least your third adoption from the East Bay SPCA in Tri-Valley!

Poor Chloe has been in and out of the shelter so many times, through no fault of her own.

She originally was adopted 2 or 3 years ago as a younger cat. She went home with younger children who played with her roughly and when she had enough, she would scratch back.

Our advice to the orignal adopters was to leave Chloe alone when she had enough, but the adopters weren't so happy with that, and they declawed her to prevent her from scratching.

Little did they realize, by declawing a cat, they're taking away her first line of defense, her claws. Her second best defense is her teeth. Instead of now clawing at the kids, she would nip at them (although not breaking skin). She was then returned for not being good with the kids.

Since then, she's been re-adopted and returned several times now, for various reasons, such as moving, not having time, and allergies. After her very last return, she stayed here 311 days looking for her final home. During part of that time, she served as our "Shelter Cat", the cat we use to test out dog's reactions with cats.

Now, with this final adoption, I am hoping it's her very last one. I'm sure she would feel the same way. Early reports from the adopters is that she is doing very well and adjusting quickly to the new home! Thanks to the wonders of the internet the new adopters learned about Chloe off the Virtual Pet Adoptions website and thought she was a great match for their lifestyle.

I'm confident this is her final stop now. Everybody loves her at the new home, and even the neighbors have come to visit her.


Charles:

I've been the VPA Photographer, Kennel Attendant, Customer Care Associate, and Med Support at East Bay SPCA/Oakland - does it seem to you (as it does to me) that cats gets adopted/returned faster than dogs? Does the commitment to cats seem easier to break?

Does the general public seem less inclined to allow cats have their adjustment period? The irony is, I believe cats need more patience and time than dogs do.

Previous blogs have spoken of Crank, the current feral cat resident at the Oakland facility.

Crank had a predecessor. I named her Pretty Girl and after 18 months out in the elements, she finally decided to trust me and I brought her home in December, a week before Crank was released. It took Pretty Girl 3 months before she came out from hiding behind a stack of boxes, and another month before she ventured passed the threshold of her own room. Now - 6 months later - my other female cat will acknowledge her presence and lick her face in greeting. Much to my desire to sprawl, I accept that all 3 of my cats might sleep on the bed with me.

Did I take Pretty Girl back to the shelter because she didn't adapt as quickly as I wanted? No. I let her do her thing in her own time. I used to stress that very important point in adoption talks.

Do people listen? I sure hope so - for Chloe's sake and for all the other long-term felines (and to be fair, hard-to-adopt mutts and pit mix dogs) who only need the gift of time in a patient and loving home.

Virginia

 

I hope so too. She's such a sweet cat who deserves a fine home where she'll be treated like the princess she is.

 

It's always nice to see a longterm resident get adopted. How old is Chloe now?

It's a shame that they had her declawed. It's really been quite simple teaching my cats to scratch on a stracting post.

 

Chloe is a little over five years old.

Virginia, sorry for the delay in response. I am not sure if people are more commited to dogs or not. So far it really seems to depend on the person. I have seen dogs returned because he chewed a screen door and did nothing else wrong, while some people will hang on to their cats even if they are tearing up the whole house. It really just depends.

 

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