Pet of the Week: Shorty
Meet Shorty, this week’s Red Hills Pet of the Week.
At 9-years-old, this grey and white kitty already has many miles of travel under his belt. Shorty recently made the trip from Odessa, Texas, to his sanctuary at There’s No Place Like Home No Kill Animal Rescue, outside Gillette.
Shorty’s story began like a story book, finding a home with kids as a small kitten. Unfortunately, the family’s children didn’t take to the new kitten like the parents thought they would. Shorty was quickly relegated to shop cat in the family’s fabrication shop. All the commotion and loud noises were scary to an insecure kitten, and Shorty transitioned to office cat, where he still wasn’t really welcome.
I think it’s safe to say, Shorty’s first home was not cat friendly. The kids would taunt him, the cleaning crew swatted him with brooms, and even delivery people would throw boxes at Shorty. As this treatment persisted, he became fearful and wary of people.
Once rescued from the less than ideal situation he’d lived in for years, Shorty’s road-trip, from Texas to Wyoming, was facilitated by Kindred Hearts Transport Connections based in Florida. The transport trip, earlier this week, took two days and was made in 15 separate legs by an army of volunteers.
Now middle-aged for a cat, Shorty is relaxing, recuperating, and learning to trust people again at There’s No Place Like Home. Rescue Owner Betsy Nowack said Shorty needs to go to a home without children. His “fur-ever” family will need to be loving and patient, taking the time to let him come out of his shell on his own.
Shorty deserves to live out the rest of his life in a loving home with people he’s not afraid of. If you’d like to meet Shorty, or any of the other adoptable cats at There’s No Place Like Home, visit their Facebook page.
Red Hills Veterinary Hospital, 2007 S. Douglas Hwy
Call (307) 696-2525 to schedule your pet’s appointment