Can you help a Whiskered Warrior like Dookie find their forever home?
The Cat Protection Society provides refuge and a temporary home to over 1000 abandoned or surrendered cats every year. For most, this refuge includes providing a warm bed, a safe and loving environment until they are adopted into their forever home. But for some, the level of care required to maximize their chance of being adopted is far greater.
Three-year-old Dookie was surrendered to our shelter in late 2019; she was stressed, anxious and incredibly scared of new people. Dookie spent her days hidden in the corner of her cat condo and shied away whenever a potential adoptee tried to approach her.
Despite the patience and affection from our adoption team, Dookie continued to struggle in the shelter environment. Our team made the decision to provide Dookie with some much-needed respite and place her into foster care with animal behaviourist, Natayla Dundovich. The goal was to learn more about Dookie in the home environment and to provide her with the very best chance for rehabilitation and ultimately, adoption into a loving home.
“She was so stressed; she wouldn’t eat for the first few days and chose to stay behind the couch as her ‘safe-space’”
After six weeks of gradual training, which included teaching Dookie new skills and tricks to build her confidence, combined with being prescribed stress-reducing pheromones and supplements by the CPSV veterinary team, Dookie was a new-cat and was ready to start the search for her new family.
After almost five months in our care (both at the shelter and in foster care) with the significant support of our adoption, veterinary and foster care teams, Dookie was adopted into her forever home with Marija and Baden.
“When we first bought Dookie home she was very scared but little by little she is much more confident. It took a while for us to gain her trust,” said Dookie’s fur-parents Marija and Baden.
“Dookie is still scared of cuddles so we don’t cuddle her too much but she sleeps in our room and likes to be close.”
“We were looking for a cat that had lost its confidence and could really find its potential within our home, which is exactly what has happened with Dookie,” she said.
The care provided to Dookie to ensure she could find her perfect forever home and second chance at health, happiness and love was only possible due to the support of people like you.
Our Society relies solely on the kindness of donations to fund any veterinary or behavioural care that is required for our ‘Whiskered Warriors’ like Dookie.
Please donate to our Whiskered Warrior Fund to help ensure we can continue to provide veterinary and behavioural support to unwell and in-need cats just like Dookie. We would be incredibly grateful for your continued support.
Your tax-deductible donation will make a very real difference to a cat in need. Thank you in advance for your kindness and support.
Please donate to our Whiskered Warrior Fund to ensure we can provide every cat with their second chance at health, happiness and love.