Purrfect Ending Story:
Delta and Bravo were among more than a dozen cats who were abandoned in 2015 in a run-down home and left to fend for themselves. A kind cat lover heard about the kitties from neighbors and stepped in to help. The cats were undersocialized and understandably traumatized by their ordeal. One-by-one, though, she trapped the entire group and contacted Purrfect Pals for help.
Brothers Delta and Bravo, then estimated to be 5-6 years old, came to us terrified and mistrustful of people. They joined our prison foster program in Monroe, where inmates work one-on-one with feral or undersocialized cats, teaching them to trust humans. After intensive training at the prison, the boys were placed in foster home where their rehabilitation continued for several months. It took over a year to ready the boys for adoption but finally we were able to send to our Denny’s Pet World adoption center.
After spending many years together, our friend Susan lost both of her senior kitties, Winston and Sahara. When she felt ready to adopt again, Susan began visiting older bonded pairs of cats in our adoption centers. She was also open to adopting harder-to-adopt cats who needed time and patience to settle into a home. After meeting several candidates, Susan felt Delta and Bravo were the cats who needed her the most and for whom she could provide a long and happy life.
Now known as Rumble and Harley, the boys have been with Susan for over a year and a half and are thriving. Their story really illustrates what makes Purrfect Pals so special: our belief that every cat is adoptable and our committment to giving special cats all the time they need to find forever homes.
We couldn’t resist sharing this recent update from Susan with you:
“I can’t believe it’s been 18 months! Rumble continues to be a big love bug who loves kisses, snuggles and touching. He constantly stands between my feet if I’m standing still and rubs the insides of my knees, purring very loudly. He won’t go so far as to be a lap cat, but he is perfectly fine being under my arm and loves when I rub my chin on his head and kisses to his head. Rumble likes a couple baskets to stuff himself into, all 15# of him! He also likes to dive into piles of pillows or blankets. He has learned to like tummy rubs a bit more with time. A few months ago you would enter the tummy zone with raptor gloves, at your own risk. He likes to roll on his back and do the “otter pose”. How can you say no to that?? Rumble had 7 teeth pulled in May for his stomatitis, and needs more pulled this spring. But he’s doing fine!
“Harley has come SOOOOO far the past several months. He frequently comes up on the bed and snuggles up close, even corking Rumble off for the “inside” position for better pets and tummy rubs! He is all purrs and loves his shoulder rubs and is fine if I want to hold his paw. He is still always very much aware of escape routes at all times, but he has been far more willing to get random pets around the house. He has been practicing leg rubs at feeding times and even circling between my feet, then looks up and beams with pride when I tell him what a good boy he is. He loves playing with mousies that make noise and a big pink felt mouse. He chases them every day, playing on his own especially in the morning. He’s been known to rabbit kick the “fur” off a few mousies. He is up to almost 13# and made it to the vet last month where he had 13 teeth extracted from his stomatitis. He did GREAT and feels so much better now! He came home, groggy and all, and headed right for Rumble’s leftovers and upstairs for the dry food. Then onto the bed for tummy rubs. Rumble is a distracted eater and Harley likes to swoop in for anything still in the bowl. Neither cat is territorial on food and appreciate my coming in and scooping their food into piles as needed and wait patiently. They are not so patient if deli turkey is involved. A lot of orders being barked to hurry up and not scrimp on portions!
“I got them a large cat tree with driftwood and extra large platforms. They loved hanging out in front of the open windows during the summer and early Fall, chasing each other up and around the cat tree and waking up from naps and scratching their claws all over it! They have many different places to hang out of choice, although Harley still tends to like his “cat caves” (behind the angled bed, under or behind the chair downstairs). They still have their almost daily 3:00 a.m. tussles, but I’ve learned to just ignore it and let boys be boys. It ends up in running and chasing, a snack and then back to sleep a couple more hours.
“They are smart boys and continue to come to their respective names only. They also know the words “treats”, “food in your tummies”, “upstairs”, “downstairs”, “toys”, “snuggles” and “kisses”. Having been home the past 5 months, they got in a rhythm of meals and about 11:15 each day they seek me out and Harley meeps or chirps and Rumble barks orders at me that it’s time for lunch!!! Same with about 5:00 p.m. for dinner. It all starts the same… a tentative peek around the corner by one, rapidly followed by the other, then the full on verbal announcements of my priorities. The funniest part about the words they know is “kisses”. It’s a good thing for Rumble. He’s all in. When I ask Harley if he would like kisses, he literally backs right up. Doesn’t even turn around to run, just backs straight up. He does, however, not run when I do occasionally get the opportunity to snag him, pick up his front half, kiss his head a few times, put him back down and rub his shoulders and neck. He purrs through it, even if it’s not his thing.
“They are both very happy, very content. They are in the same room with other people (unless they have a vacuum cleaner and/or are moving fast) and will come up for sniffs, but won’t typically allow petting. They aren’t really fearful, just not terribly receptive. But I am delighted to report they are very happy watching birds, squirrels and rabbits out the front window. They are still very much a bonded pair but often are in different rooms during the day, where ever their favorite spot that day is. They are confident, healthy, playful, loving kitties. My favorite time is if I am sitting on the bed and they both come up and we are one big puppy pile, noses within inches. I can’t say I ever thought I would see that day, but it’s here. The trust and love in this household are very evident!
“As grateful as I am for Rumble and Harley, I am equally grateful (still!) to everyone who played a part in their success, directly or indirectly! Please share our success story and pat yourselves on the back for why you continue to do what you do – to bring people and pets together in the best way possible. We could not be happier! There is always a feeling of warmth when my little greeters are waiting at the door for me when I get home. They are special boys and we have lots of years still ahead (they are roughly 8 and 9 now). Thanks for being an important part of the journey!
“Purrs, gratitude and all the treats of the holiday season to each and every one of you!”