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Prissy was rescued in March
1994. We spotted her, with her brother Opie, outside a gas station late
one night. They were oblivious to our presence as they pawed through the
garbage dumpster looking for something to eat. They were skin and bone
and obviously terribly uncared for. Our hearts went out to them. We put
out some food which we always carry with us for these occasions. They
ate voraciously but kept a wary eye on us. Being feral, they would not
allow us to approach them so we had to use a humane trap to capture
them. To spay/neuter and re-release them was out of the question. They
were in such poor condition. They also had no access to a food supply or
a caretaker. Therefore, a decision was made to keep them here at the
sanctuary where they could live out the rest of their lives in safety.
With good treatment and medical care,
they soon became healthy and beautiful. Winning their trust was a more
difficult task. Due to their fear of people, it took close to a year
before they would allow us to handle them. Avoiding humans is an
acquired skill which enables ferals to survive out in the wild and they
have a hard time letting go of it. Often times though, once they do let
their guard down, they become the most loyal and affectionate of cats.
Once Prissy realized that she was safe
and very much loved, she showed her true personality. She is
affectionate, talkative and a real character! However, she will always
let us know when she has had enough! Unfortunately, she has also
maintained a high suspicion of strangers, which has rendered her
the legacy of that first year of neglect caught up with her brother and we
lost him in September of 1996 at only three years of age. Although, this
second chance came too late for Opie, Prissy remains healthy and happy.
She is extremely contented to be a member of our little cat community. She
actually prefers the company of her feline companions to her human ones!
She reminds us of the little girl who, "When she was good she was very,
very good, and when she was bad, she was wicked!" We are truly grateful
for every day that we have this beautiful and fascinating girl.
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