HOME SWEET (RE)-HOME)Many people adopt, or come by other means, a pet. They are the joys of our lives! But, life can be unpredictable. We think we will have our furry friends until they pass. Such may not be the case. Housing issues, health issues, and family dynamics can wreak disaster where a pet is concerned. We at CASAS have embraced the world of re- homing. At the moment, we are using Facebook and word of mouth. As always, we consider what is best for the pet that needs to go "somewhere else". To that end, we believe the transition from a home-to-home environment is so much less stressful for the pet. We have re-homed at least seven cats in the past few years. They stayed out of our shelter, and by all accounts, have thrived in their new homes. Please, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/casas.ptown
A letter from a person we helped to re- home their cats.
“Our heartfelt thanks to you and CASAS for helping us place our cats. They have gone to a very nice gentle- man and a wonderful new home. CASAS is doing a fantastic job for all of the homeless dogs and cats and we wish you continued success.”
When someone in our Community passes, it's always a loss. Even more so when a pet is left, mourning. Such was the case this past December. Sammy, a gorgeous marmalade kit, 10 years old, lost his human. He had a great support system, but needed to find a new home. Coupled with his loss, he is also mostly blind. CASAS was contacted to help.
Of course, we could take the kitty, but given his recent loss and slight physical impairment, we thought it best to try to re-home him. The gears of our machine were quickly put in motion. We got a pic of him and his profile. Popped it up on our Facebook page, and had numer- ous people that offered to help within two days of the posting. The human (thank you Kitty) in charge of his well- being was put in contact with a person who replied to the the post, and spoke with her. She is a pet communicator in Shelbourne Falls, MA, and it seemed a good fit. She had recently lost two older cats, and had a vacancy in her her heart, and home. Plans were made. She had no experience with a blind kit, so we contacted a member of our Board, who has a blind kitty, and received much information to pass along. Arrange- ments were made. Big PAWS up to Anita and Dave Butler for transport to the northwest part of MA. Also, a huge thank you to Catherine, a vet tech from Herring Cove Animal Hospital for coming in on a day when the clinic was closed, to do blood work, to make sure Sammy was viral negative (he was).
We like to share these stories, as part of what we do does not necessarily take place within the shelter proper. We are always available to help.
A note from Sammy's new mom, only a few hours after he was delivered to her.
"He sits in the Enkido asana on the top of the stairs in the late overcast after- noon where the only light is beneath him on the 1st floor and to the side, and his eyes glow very deep, very bright, a golden shine, and I am in awe. He looks up, continually up, keeping watch, listening, glowing gold. He has been here not even 4 hours and he nuzzles into my arm and purrs. He is keeping watch on the top of the stairs, white slippered paws folded into the v-shaped collar of his white chest, dozing now, he is centered and at rest, he has come to the right place. Earlier when I put him on the bed (with 3 down comforters on it) he walked around on the puffiness, amazed, and said ‘I’ve been here before’. love , gratitude, and blessings"