I found a female OSH in the dumpster in Austin, TX
by D. Harrison
(Colorado Springs, CO, USA)
Our dumpster girl - now a princess.
I was throwing out some trash in my apartment in north Austin, TX when I stumbled (almost literally) on a bone thin animal. At first glance (having never seen an OSH) I thought I was looking at a big rat or something like that!
After a few seconds, I realized that it was in fact a starving cat with really really big ears. I quickly got whatever food I could get from the fridge and fed her, I think it was some chicken.
I showed my wife and we both agreed to keep feeding her until an agency could get her, so we fed her everyday outside. She would only come out of her hiding place (I discovered it was the sewer a few days later) at night to eat.
No agency would come and get her (I never told them that she was an OSH) and eventually she started to eat on our balcony and, well, one thing led to another and she is now our little princess with a bed in every room of the house...
She has been with us for 3 years now and we couldn't love her more.