Update February 25th, 2011: This little fellow has happily been adopted into his forever home!! Lucky Bullet & lucky family!
It is amazing what some cats go through in their little lives and not only survive, but are highly adoptable and adaptable! We want you to meet Bullet because you might say he “dodged a bullet” and came out loving everyone who comes across his path. The volunteers at TCR are so happy that we were able to save this little fellow and hopes he goes from rags to riches!
Bullet got his name as he has a bullet (well a beebee) in his head. Yes, poor Bullet was shot in the forehead with a Beebee gun by some nasty person, and then dumped at a rural animal control shelter – abandoned, injured, scared and marked to be euthanized. Lucky for Bullet a TCR foster home was at the shelter and brought Bullet to the vet. The vet x-rayed Bullet and treated him with antibiotics, but it was felt that the pellet was better left in his head, so Bullet will live his life with a reminder of his “near death experience” in his forehead. None of this horrible experience has left Bullet worse for wear and TCR has given him a second chance at happiness, he is currently available for adoption.
Bullet loves to cuddle in for a good night sleep and is always there when you need a cheer up. From the time his foster family walk in the door from work he is there ready to greet you with chatter and meows and talk of how his day was and what he saw out the window. He loves to watch the squirrels and play fetch with a ball of tinfoil. He is an easy going guy who is happy to be loved. This is what his foster dad has to say about Bullet: “No matter how rough your day was, you know you’ll be greeted by a lovable cuddle bug who has missed you while you were away”. We think that says it all!!
Bullets Stats: DSH, brown tabby and white, male, neutered, vaccinated, DOB February 14, 2009 (of course this charmer is a Valentine’s Day baby!). If you would like to make a donation towards his x-ray & vet costs, please click here.
Written By A Cat For A Cat
A fun game is to stroll slowly past your human when they are sitting down, trailing your tail across their leg in a loving manner. Rub your face on the corner of a nearby table, all the time purring and putting on a display of affection. When they attempt to pet you or lure you onto their lap, casually saunter away, leaving them bewildered and frustrated.
Many of you might have noticed that TCR is a very versatile, multi-approach sort of rescue group. Personally that’s why I love it so much and why I will continue to support this group for years to come. I have been writing the Green Whiskers column for the newsletter since April 2009, as I wanted to add one more layer of versatility to what we all should stand for, and that is always ALWAYS remembering that our environmental impact is never-ending and that this awareness needs to be integrated into everything we do.
As a rescue group and as animal lovers I think we need to be constantly aware and remember that being “environmental” is more than the every day green changes most of us already do, such as recycling. As an Environmental Studies major I can definitely attest that being “green” is NOT just about recycling and changing light bulbs, but about a much bigger mentality shift. I hope this regular blog post will help to bring some fresh ideas into how you can be an awesome kitty owner and supporter of TCR and still be environmentally conscious. Over the next few months you can expect to see ideas on how to be a “green cat owner”.
For now all I want to say is that I talk to a LOT of cat owners who seem to think that the way to their cat’s hearts is buying a multitude of kitty toys and accessories. While of course giving your cats toys is crucial to their mental health, most toys in the market are now elaborate, resource-wasting, and merely feed into our consumerist society. The need to constantly accumulate more things is one of the biggest problem our culture faces, because even green products such as hemp kitty toys require a degree of energy, resources, transportation gas output, and labour that is not going to help us make the shift we really need into being a minimalist society. So please remember that you are just as great of a cat owner if you spend a Saturday afternoon playing with your kitty, grooming her, and making her a home-made string and cork-screw toy as if you spend it at the local pet store buying a toy box’s worth of stuff. I guarantee you that your kitty will be happier to have the one-on-one time then to be given a bunch of toys that probably will end up lost under your couch.
Written By: Sarah May, TCR Volunteer, originally published in the TCR April 2010 newsletter.