10 months since we first bought the 6 girls home, I am happy to finally be able to say that they have all found their forever homes!
Far from the starved waifs I bundled into carriers and cardboard boxes back in February, just look at them now!
I knew that Luna was mine the minute I saw her odd-coloured eyes. She was the youngest of the 6 girls, and the first to be 'rehomed' with us. Luna and my other cats bonded within two days, and she now rules the roost in our home. Luna loves to play, and will make toys out of pens, bottle lids, and anything she can get her dainty paws on. We call her Princess Luna, and we feel so lucky to have her in our lives.
Ash was rehomed with my mum Sharyne and my step-dad Steven, in Devonport. Ash has settled in well, and has my parents wrapped around her paws! She sleeps on the bed, snoozes on the dining room table, and loves my mum to bits. She loves to play with balls made of foil, and on sunny days Ash snoozes in a hammock in her especially made outdoor enclosure. When mum's not looking, Steven's been known to share the best bits of chicken with Ash - she sure is a spoilt, well loved cat!
DELILAH (was THORN)
My good friend Terri and her husband Michael are cat lovers, and when Terri met the Turkish Vans she knew that Thorn was the one for her! Terri and Michael renamed her Delilah (Della for short), and she now lives happily with their other cat, Hendrix, and more recently, puppy Sadie.
Apple was rehomed with a lovely Launceston couple who had recently lost their cat. They tell me she has settled in well, that she is doing well, and that she makes them very happy.
When Jo saw the photos of Willow, she just knew she had to bring Willow home. Willow lives with Jo and her husband in Wynyard, and has made best friends with Jo's grandson Tristan - even when he gives her tail a tug! Jo tells me that Willow loves to snuggle down with her (when hubby's not home!), thinks she's a person, and has her eyes set on giving the Christmas tree a run for its money!
Cherry was the last of the girls to be rehomed - I think she was just waiting for Alana to come along! Alana and Cherry hit it off instantly, and Cherry has settled in well with Alana in Hobart. Alana tells me that Cherry is making friends with Alana's visitors, and although the curtains are a bit worse off, Alana loves her dearly. Cherry enjoys watching the world go by on the window sill, and when Alana's trying to get work done will laze all over the computer until she gets all the attention!
So that's it. All 6 girls survived their ordeal, grew happy and healthy, and are now with people who love them.
The only reason these girls were able to have a second shot at life was because of all the people who supported me.
A huge thank you goes out to the following people for their love, support, advice, donations, time and so much more:
Robbie and my family - for supporting me so much, for the cat enclosure, the babysitting, the reassurance, the millions of litter changes, and being a shoulder to cry on.
All the members of the Cat World forum - your advice, support, money and gifts made it possible. I never felt alone, and all that CW Magic is what helped the girls through. You guys are beyond amazing. Words cannot describe. I will forever be in your debt.
Meri-ann & Cassie - you both came around to be extra hands when I needed it most. Thank you for being such great friends!
Liz & Ann - ladies I'd never met, drove from Hobart to deliver food and blankets - thank you so much!
Kathy (SA) & Kathy (Devonport) - fellow cat rescuers whose advice was invaluable. Thanks!
Tasmanian Pagan Alliance members, Launceston Pagans in the Pub attendees - your donations of money, toys and bedding was very touching, thank you so much! You guys are the greatest of friends.
The local breeders whose reassurance, cat scratching post and medical knowledge helped me so much, and the cat association who listened to my story.
And finally, a huge thank you to the people who have given the girls forever homes, and the people who helped spread the word so the girls could find these people, and anyone I may have missed - so many people made this possible, a huge THANK YOU!!! to you all.
This is the last post - I'm so glad we could finish this story with a 'happily ever after'!
Thanks for reading.