The local spay/neuter organization I volunteer for received a request this week. A friend of one of the volunteers had recently had a cat pass away, and was looking for a companion for their remaining cat, who was now terribly lonely. They weren't really interested in going through one of the local rescues, as they wanted to "rescue" a cat themselves by taking in a homeless cat. But they ALSO didn't want a feral; they wanted a cat that would be friendly to them, and to their remaining cat. Could our group help them? They wanted a male cat, not too young or too old; about two years would be fine.
I put on my thinking cap. I know of LOTS of people who feed ferals and would love to find them indoor homes, but these people were looking for a friendly cat. I called the woman with all the barn cats (yes, I am still working to get her cats spayed and neutered; getting multiple slots in the local low-cost programs is taking longer than I anticipated); did she have any friendly male cats on her farm that she would be willing to re-home? YES, she said, she had several!
Then I went to Craigslist. Craigslist can be a scary, weird place, but it is also a place where people try to find homes for local strays, and for animals that they can't keep. GRANTED, sometimes it's for sketchy reasons ("moving", my a**), but still, a cat needing a home is a cat needing a home. Sure enough, there was a listing for a friendly stray cat that people had taken in but couldn't keep, and they wanted to find it a good home. Here's the listing:
" Looking to find a home for this sweet boy. We recently rescued him during the snow storms. We asked around our neighborhood and no one seems to claim him. We'd say he's about 8 months old. Very tall cat. We had him checked out by a neighbor who is a vet and she states he's in great health. We unfortunately just cannot keep him. He's very affectionate and loving and loves kids and other animals. He has these beautiful "droopy" eyes :) we are moving on December 3rd (Ed: *ahem*) and have to find him a home by then. Please contact me if interested!"
Look how cute this cat is!
I had the spay/neuter group contact the people looking for the cat and give them the two options: (a) their choice of friendly barn cat; go and pick one out, or (b) Craigslist Cat.
This morning I got the message: They took Craigslist Cat! They needed a cat, the cat needed a home, and now they'll all live happily ever after.
And I think it's time I got a "Cat Matchmaker" t-shirt. Ha.