You know how you hear a story and it takes you on a journey? The story about Ramses will take you from tears to laughter, a rollercoaster terribly sad and an outcome of happiness and love.
This is the true story of Ramses the hero cat, by Sue a volunteer at Neveah’s Charity of West Lincon. This is a Charity that Holistic Blend has supported for years. One that is near and dear to Debbie’s heart. This charity is so important because it is run completely by volunteers and we love the work they do.
Get your tissues ready.
Ramses is a cat who once belonged to a family. A beautiful cat, a long-haired orange stunner, with the prettiest yellow eyes. Unfortunately, that family moved away and were unable to take him with, and as so many families do, put him outside to fend for himself.
This poor boy was lost, confused, and hungry, and began to get into the neighbours garbage. She was frustrated with this, and went to the local animal services to get a humane trap to catch him and turn him in. He did indeed step into the trap, but for whatever reason, this frustrated homeowner did not take him to the Brampton animal services right away (in fact leaving him in the trap for over 24 hours), and in his extreme terror and confusion, he badly injured himself trying to escape, tearing all the fur and skin from his face, and ruining his poor paws.
When he was taken into the local animal services, they were completely aghast, but in their concern for the cat, the homeowner left, and Brampton animal services went about the job of fixing Ramses up. They neutered him, healed his physical wounds, but they soon realized that they could not mend his broken spirit.
In his fear and frustration he had become aggressive, and they knew they were not capable of handling him in that environment. They did the best thing they could have ever done... they called the incredible woman who runs our rescue and explained the situation to her. She knew that this fellow had very little chance as it stood, but that we could definitely help. She contacted a volunteer who does a lot of work with traumatized and aggressive cats and asked if we could try to help him. The volunteer agreed to give it a try, and a short time later, Ramses arrived, terrified, and with only peach fuzz on his face where he had ripped the fur and skin off in his frantic madness to escape his trap.
At first, whenever his foster mother would enter the room, Ramses would literally pee himself.... then he let out the most heartbreaking, terrified wail you could ever imagine coming from an animal. He would then run and hide, trying to make himself as small as possible. Approaching him was completely out of the question, as any attempt to touch him would be met with aggression (which was entirely defensive but no less intimidating).
His foster mother understood that this cat had to completely re-learn how to trust humans, and how to be a "normal" cat. Months and months of spending quiet time in his presence, moving to reading books out loud in the room along with treats, and an entirely calm demeanor made a difference, and finally Ramses went from peeing himself and wailing when someone entered the room, to moving forward and attempting to get closer. The first time he brushed against his foster's leg, she cried, tears of full happiness, and once the barrier was broken, Ramses made progress in leaps and bounds!
Eventually he moved into a room where he had the chance to sleep on a bed with people, be around other cats, and play along with everyone else, and we knew he was ready for a home. He was listed on the website, and various other adoption listing platforms the rescue uses, but despite much interest, for some reason nobody was interested in this gorgeous boy who had come to love and seek out human affection. It almost felt like a lost cause.
Our rescue has adoption events frequently, and after determining that it was worth testing him, Ramses foster mother decided to take him along to one of these events. One of the most effective ways to find cats homes is for people to meet them, and maybe this would be the turning point Ramses needed to find his forever home! As soon as everyone arrived at the event, Ramses foster mother set down his carrier, and realized he had already peed himself from fear. Not a good start, but she hoped that he would calm down, and have the chance to show off who he really was. Once he was in the pen with the other cats he settled down, and even let strangers pet him.
Hopes were high for this handsome fellow...
Hours went by and although a lot of people asked about him...
Then, a woman was sent from another one of the events happening to meet a specific cat at the store Ramses was at. She came in, met the cat she was referred to, and although she liked him, it was easy to tell she hadn't fallen in love. When she looked around at the other cats, her eyes fell on Ramses, and it was obvious to everyone that there were sparks there. She asked if she could come into the pen and visit him, to which we answered "OF COURSE!". She sat for well over an hour with Ramses in her arms, stroking him, covering herself in his fur... but it didn't matter.
The whole outside world ceased to exist for her as soon as Ramses curled up in the crook of her arm. His foster family had NEVER seen him so happy and comfortable with anyone! Hearts leaped and hopes soared... But the woman said she had to think about it, she had a senior cat at home and needed someone to be a fit with him. She wanted to think about it, so she took our information and left. We all hoped to hear back from her. We didn't have to wait long, and less than half an hour later, the woman was back! She came in the store and declared that she couldn't possibly leave and go home without Ramses! We were all crying, tears of absolute joy! She packed Ramses up and took him home to meet her senior. She was very quick to report back that not only did they get along, but that Ramses fit into her home PERFECTLY, and that he was the nicest cat she had ever known!
From the day he came into our program, it was 13 months... 13 months for this precious boy to find a home where he is loved, cherished, and adored. We still receive updates from her, and we are pleased to share that Ramses now has several other furry brothers and sisters, and is in complete bliss. We are so proud to have had a part of bringing this boy from death's doorstep into a loving home. He will never again know sadness, fear, hunger, or hurt. It's nothing less than they all deserve!
No matter how many times I re read this story, my heart sings with happiness and it reminds me how important it is to be a responsible caregiver to animals that share our lives.
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