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Our featured cats for The River's Purrfect Friday: Mac and Arthur

Here's what Dr. Jen had to say about Mac and Arthur:

Mac and Arthur's lives were no walk in the park before we took them from another facility on February 17th, 2011. Born in August of 2007, they ended up at this particular shelter (not in Grand Rapids) through no fault of their own in 2008, and, much to my dismay, had been sitting together in a cage since then. Two and a half years of their lives had been spent sitting behind closed doors and metal bars! Why? you ask yourself, as I did when I learned of their plight? Well, so traumatized by their new surroundings, the brothers were shell-shocked, to say the least, and terrified. Deemed not adoptable and hard to place, these two boys just sort of slipped through the cracks there, being pushed back and pushed aside, without having enough attention given to them when they needed it most. If it were into for a tiny handful of employees there, the duo would have been euthanized long ago, but someone opened their eyes just a bit and saw enough potential in these two, and didn't allow that to befall the timid twosome.
Sad thing is, by the time we took them in, they were both so psychologically damaged that their care takers told me it wouldn't surprise them if I did indeed have to put them down after all. You know what I said? Absolutely fricking not! Okay, those weren't my exact words. :) From the very first moment that I lay my hands on the trembling back of magnificent Mac, he relaxed ever so slightly, and I knew he and I were going to be friends. From the second I spoke sweetly to the amazing Arthur and he didn't retreat, but rather looked me square in the eye and blinked, closing them ever so slightly, I knew he would trust me one fine day. So I kept them at the clinic with me for a bit, working with them day after day, holding them close even when that was the last thing they each wanted... but did really want deep down. I am proud to say that, after a few days, I got Mac to flip over on his back and let me give him some sugar (I call this the Mac Attack), and I got Arthur to actually drool with delight as I rubbed his ears and gently coaxed a purr right out of him! I can't tell you how this made me feel; I can only imagine how it made the boys feel!
So we take our time with the fragile psyches of two remarkable cats, who deserve far better than they got for such a long period of time. And each time that I approach one or the other and he doesn't cower, but actually responds to my voice, relaxes to my touch, looks for my approach, I thank God that their guardian angels didn't give up on these two and fought to give them freedom with us! I am crying as I type this because it pains me to think about what they went through prior to becoming Crash Cats, but also because I now know how much love and affection they are receiving, and I am watching them come out of their fragile shells and blossom just a little bit more each and every day.


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