Investing time and resources in an individual cat rescue

The word “investing” is a great word for cat rescue workers. Through genuine commitment and tireless effort combined with patience and persistence, they invest in each individual rescue cat. This video is an excellent example. And when you invest that much into an individual cat you become heavily bonded. It must be very hard to rehome these cats and sometimes they don’t. The connection has grown too strong. The improvement that they see in the condition of the cat is the product of their investment. It is hugely rewarding.

Hope for Cats is another one of those excellent non-profit animal rescue organisations. They make good videos with embedded captions which I like. Well done to them. The story below, as told in their video, I think, sums up a lot of the work that they do. The ginger tabby is tragically neglected and feral. He is fearful of human contact. His eyes are in an appalling condition which is so typical of neglected feral cats. They develop conjunctivitis after getting a cold. This is a secondary bacterial infection which eats away at the eyes. It can lead to blindness. I think this boy, Apollo, loses the sight in his left eye but retained some of his vision in the right. They do a wonderful job in rehabilitating and socialising him. It is uplifting to see the product of such human investment in an individual animal.

All This Scuffy Feral Cat Need Is A Normal Home And Mom!

All This Scuffy Feral Cat Need Is A Normal Home And Mom!

Posted by Hope For Cats on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Note: This is a video from another website. Sometimes they are deleted at source which stops them working on this site. If that has happened, I apologise but I have no control over it.

The problem for me is that when I see this cat I see the back story, the problem which put him where he was and where he should not have been. Hope for Cats do great work but they are reactive. They pick up the pieces of failure. I believe that more work needs to be done on proactive steps to prevent what we see in the first few frames of this video.


Shooting feral cats is the pastime of the ignorant and uneducated. They value the feral cat at zero which they believe allows them to shoot at them and cause them pain and suffering. You will find that it is almost invariably illegal and a criminal act but they get away with it because of a lack of enforcement or evidence or both. When you shoot at feral cat, you might be shooting a domestic cat and if the shot hits home you cause criminal damage to someone’s pet – a crime. There are numerous issues but the ignorant don’t see them in their blind, instinctive behavior.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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