In June 2012, The HBSPCA staff were faced with a sticky challenge. A young kitten had been found at a construction site, very scared and dirty. Our cat care specialist began to clean the small kitten but soon learned that it was not dirt that covered the kitten – it was tar. The tar had started to pull the fur off of her paws, and it took a week of working with a veterinary approved solvent to clean every bit of tar off of her.
“Cricket” needed to heal from her ordeal and went into foster care with the same staff member who cleaned her up. In July she was spayed, vaccinated and microchipped at our Companion Animal Hospital and shortly after, made available for adoption.
Cricket found her forever home in early August 2012. Shortly after her arrival, she chose to spend most of her time hiding in a closet and would not let her new family touch her or even look at her.
“Through patience and understanding and a tremendous amount of love, Cricket has come to be a loving, playful, mischevious cat who has become a large part of the family. She has grown to love us and put up with our cuddles and our other cat Whiskey has adopted her as his very own.”
A once very fearful cat who survived some terrible circumstances now has a big personality and her own set of quirks. Cricket sits on top of the family’s automatic water dispenser and hangs upside down to have a drink, she sits on a cactus to see out her favourite window and sucks on her blanket for half an hour every night before she goes to sleep.
“Thanks to the HBSPCA – we have a new member of our family that entertains us, loves us unconditionally and brings us joy every day.” – Cricket’s mom, Rose