By Rose Buzzetta
Chair of Friends of Plumas County Animals
Most unfortunately, the owners of our rescue site have found another use for the building and Friends must vacate by mid February. Fortunately, we have had wonderful adoptions this past year and only have two older cats and six kittens to rehome in the next two months.
We are desperately looking for a new place to call home and if we find another building can take the old girls with us, but we have not had much luck locating a building that is suitable. This column is really a desperate plea for a home for our long time resident, Shelly.
Friends has been caring for Shelly the last four years. She is about 10 to 12 years old, a spayed calico with the most gorgeous eyes I have ever seen in a cat. She was really traumatized when we first got her and for the first six months Shelly would hide under her blankets or bed and was never seen. We dubbed her the “turtle cat” as she was always poking her head out from under the covers and then hiding again. If you tried to pet her she would scratch and run away if she could. The poor girl had zero trust for humans and no tolerance for other animals.
It is my firm belief that all our animals have come to us for a reason. And the reason Shelly came and has been with us so long has been to prepare her for the new world she will soon join — a real family of her own.
She is honestly one of the most satisfying animals I have dealt with the last eight years in rescue. With the calm attention from all our the volunteers Shelly has blossomed. She still can be shy around strangers, but is most willing to be petted and absolutely loves to be brushed. With no other adults than her old sidekick, Sheila, in the building Shelly has felt confident enough to actually run around , engage with everyone and sits in the window absorbing sunlight! She now purrs and talks to people — not small miracles for this girl, but big milestones.
Shelly needs a special home and needs that special home in the next month. This home has to have no other cats, no children and be full of understanding and loving adults. It has to be her LAST home. She has never been outdoors and needs to be kept in the house.
We know it’s out there. Shelly has worked hard to overcome her fears and her insecurities and it really can’t be for nothing. Shelly comes with her enclosure, her cat tree and several brushes, food and litter.
She is perfectly healthy and we are willing to get a vet check if thought necessary.
If you have thought of sharing your home with a feline friend please consider our Shelly. The volunteers will sleep better and have less trepidation about this loss of the rescue if we know all our charges are safe.
We thank everyone who has shown support and who are still supporting our efforts. Hopefully, we will find a new building and begin again so that we can continue to serve the animals of Plumas County.
Please come by and visit Shelly. Call and we can set up appointments convenience for you.
Rose, Chair of the Board of Friends