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Second Chance Sunday: Courtney

Second Chance Sheltering Network, Inc. is an all-volunteer,
not-for-profit animal rescue group serving the Western New York area. 
Their goal is to help place homeless animals while simultaneously
helping interested individuals find a new furry companion.  Every
Sunday, we will be running a homeless pet spotlight to help these
animals find families.

Courtney is as sweet and loving as she is beautiful!  This distinctively marked 2 year old female came to us pregnant from the south side of Buffalo.  She was left behind to fend for herself when her owners lost their home to foreclosure.  Since her previous owners were not responsible, she was not spayed and became pregnant.  She went into foster care and had four kittens (all have been placed) and now it is her turn.  She is good with other cats, loves to play and is very open to sharing your couch and your heart! 

She is negative for feline leukemia/FIV, spayed, had distemper/rabies vaccinations, been dewormed and had flea control applied.  Adoption donation required.  To put in an application for Courtney, call 716-652-6051.  More adoptable animals can be seen on our website: Can’t adopt right now but love animals… consider being a foster parent for Second Chance. (check our website for details). 

Abandoned Cats in WNY

Lost and abandoned cats reside in every major city and in many small towns, and the streets and roads of WNY are loaded with them. These cats may have once been owned pets, but they have become a “stray” animal because they were lost or abandoned by their owner. Many factors are at play which leads to these animals being homeless… foreclosure, domestic violence, irresponsible pet ownership and people moving to a place where they are not allowed pets, are just some of the reasons that Second Chance deals with.   Gaining the trust of a stray cat takes time but you will reap the rewards of saving the life of a helpless creature who through no fault of their own is homeless.

Stand by the area where you have placed food and see if the cat will come to you. If the cat greets you in a friendly manner it means that it has not been a stray for long. If the cat acts skittish it may have been abandoned for a long time.  Talk to the cat in a low and friendly voice. Do not make any loud noises or jump to grab the cat. This will scare the cat and it may bolt and run away and not return. Lost and abandoned cats have usually been mistreated by humans and they will have little reason to trust you, so they may hiss and/or scratch if they feel cornered.

Attempt to pet the cat after it starts to feel safe with you around. Do not make any sudden moves and talk to it in a low voice as you pet it. The cat will slowly start to accept your presence. You may want to wear gloves while petting the cat for the cat may have fleas or it might scratch you. If the lost or abandoned cat is a stray it will welcome the attention and may eventually be willing to become your pet or handle-able to a point it can be taken to a local shelter.  While Second Chance attempts to intake as many strays as we can, our finances, space availability in foster homes and off site showcasing locations is limited.  Other options in our area are:  Erie County SPCA – 716-875-7360  OR City of Buffalo Animals Shelter 716-851-5095.

Have you ever owned a black cat?

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