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Old 12-12-14, 06:12 PM
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JJ the survivor

If you love animals, you might enjoy hearing about the happy outcome for little JJ.

About 5 years ago, bike commuting in the dark, I often saw a lady feeding a feral colony of cats next door to work. Then, one day, they decided to put up a new building. Florida construction means scorched earth.

The cats disappeared, except...

I began to see a tiny, skinny gray cat with a clipped ear outside 7-11. He would not go within 100 feet of anyone. When approached, he quickly retreated to the safety of the sewer. His fear likely kept him alive amidst a lot of traffic. I bought him a can of cat food each morning and left it near the sewer. After a while, he would wait for me at the edge of the parking lot. Each day, I would sit down a bit closer to the food, and he would cautiously eat it, most days, if everything else was quiet.

I started to move the food a bit closer to our side of the lot each day, until he eventually met me at the door each morning. After several years, he finally decided we were all ok and set up camp outside our door. We named him JJ because he was so skinny

We gave him food and toys and such, and he became friendly to everyone. He was a fixture, universally loved by workers and customers alike, except...

One woman decided it was improper for a business to show compassion to a homeless but harmless animal. Her allergy made it unbearable for her to pass the cat OUTSIDE the door, on the way in. She complained to corporate and our spineless management said the cat had to go. I would have taken him home, but I know my dog would not accept a cat.

A couple days later, he was gone. We thought management sent him to animal control, where the clipped ear that had protected him in the past would likely be a death sentence. But I mentioned it to Mary, who said "I think Deb might have taken him home". A week passed until I saw Deb again, who confirmed that JJ lived at her condo now. This large, lovely, Lucy Lawless look-a-like had saved the day.

Today, she told me that JJ passed the final test at the vet, and has no issues. They estimated he's 5 years old and gave him a clean bill of health. It looks like he has a forever home, a long way from the sewer.
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thank you for what you did we need more people like you
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Good on both of you for bringing a life back from the brink.
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Good for you Deb. One of my cats is a feral who took a few years to warm up to living inside with heat, regular feedings and a safe place to sleep. It took her 10 years to hop up on my lap, and now she give me that look that says she WAS sleeping before I woke her up and I better have a good reason for disturbing her.
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I have two formerly feral cats...
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Love stories like this, right on OP and OP's co-worker!
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My present buddy Pip was also feral... he also has a clipped ear. I was told many rescue groups will capture and neuture cats and then release them. The clipped ear signals they have been neutured.

Good on Deb for taking him home... that's the best Christmas present ever!

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nice. that's quite a commitment building the trust of an animal for years.

we have a feral bugger, but she's young (like 2 weeks young when we first got her) and didn't take long to get domesticated. friendliest ginger ever
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