Meet Willie -- His Story Begins Nearly A Dozen Years ago
A kind-hearted rescuer brought Willie to CCS as a shy five-month-old stray who had wandered into someone’s back yard. He seemed wary of humans – but three days later, a senior couple with no other pets adopted him, and he thrived in their home for several years. Then one day his “Mom” died; shortly afterward, “Dad” went into assisted living. The family returned Willie to CCS.
The little guy was grieving, and the CCS team had trouble getting him to eat. A month later, his next chance came – adoption by a family with two teenagers. Alas, this new home lasted only seven months, as the father found that he couldn’t adjust to living with a cat. Back to CCS came Willie.
It was now October 2009. Willie was once again shy and withdrawn, and now extra wary of men.
But the CCS staff and volunteers did what they always do – showered the now-nine-years-old tuxedo boy, Willie, with attention, affection…and food. Over the next three years, Willie slowly responded to all the loving care in a safe environment. Although he was passed over for adoption several times – senior cats still sometimes take longer to place – he began again to come out of his shell.
Finally, in May of this year, Willie found his permanent home, when a kind and affable woman named Dee adopted him. Dee, who has no other pets, reported recently that Willie “is doing great…going through a whole cooked chicken per week (white meat only, thank you very much!”) – and most important, he is now loved and safe.
Willie and Dee were no doubt meant for each other – and the Cat Care Society, with the help of its friends and donors, did what it took to bring them together. Willie’s story had its share of frustration and loss, but ultimately it’s the same uplifting tale of second chances and tireless devotion by the Cat Care Society caregivers.
CCS does not receive any government funding; all financial support comes from the community in the form of private donations.
Here's how donations help Cat Care Society:
- $1,000 cares for 30 kittens, including shots, spays/neuters, microchips, food and litter.
- $500 provides medical care for one geriatric cat for one year.
- $400 covers the cost of a significant surgery, such as Kitty’s leg amputation
- $125 purchases one month’s worth of kitty litter.
- $50 provides antibiotics for a sick cat.
- $25 buys one kitten two weeks’ worth of food.