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Our featured cat for The River's Purrfect Friday: Motley


Here's what Dr. Jen had to say about Motley:

On August 22nd, 2011, I received this email from Holland resident Barbara Klunder:
"I am working with Focus on Ferals to trap Motley, a friendly kitty, obviously owned by someone at one point of his life, and probably abandoned. He waits for food, comes when I call him, and lets me pet him whenever I see him. But, I strongly do not feel he's being cared for by anyone but me because he is very dirty and scratches constantly. Once he is neutered, would your organization be willing to take him in for adoption? I will continue to feed the cats that come back to my property from FOF once they are neutered, but sadly I have no shelters for them. Motley responds to my voice with such a sweet low cry when he sees me coming out with food. I have no other alternative placement option as my 15-year-old kitty will not tolerate another feline in the house (tried it and it was almost fatal)."
Then on August 28th, Gina of FOF emailed me to let me know Motley tested positive for FIV; on the 27th of September, we finally had a spot for him at Big Sid's.
Born in the fall of 2006, this 12-pound boy was loaded with ear mites, hence the intense scratching. And it appears that at one point his jaw had been broken, as all of his canines were fractured. But, overall, he got a good bill of health, and within days was ready to take on the gang of 129 other cats at our place, a challenge he rose to and met with anticipation and eagerness. Let's just say that after about 2 days in out intake room, Motley was ready to meet and mingle, explore and excavate his new home. He greeted everyone he encountered so warmly that they reciprocated the sentiment; it was as if he had lived with us his entire life.
Being as handsome as he is, several of the lady volunteers started swooning immediately. And because he is such an outgoing, easy-going cat, he is more than easy to fall head over heels for. He doesn't have a mean bone in his entire body, so adopting him into a non-FIV household IS a possibility and something we are encountering more and more these days. We have such a fabulous group of FIV-positive kitties that I would have no qualms about adopting out into homes with other cats. Our goal is to break down barriers of misconceptions when it comes to FIV and educate people; the more cats we adopt out, the more we can take in and SAVE!

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Current residents
Crash's: 108
Big Sid's: 120

Since opening in Oct. 2002
2535 Adoptions
(239 from Big Sid's!)