I met Bella last September in 2007 when I used to be on the Wednesday morning cleaning crew at KittyKind. I have to say I was scared of her. She did not like to have her space invaded, even if it meant fresh food and a clean litter box. My shift mate at the time, Sarah (who now does the KK volunteer newsletter), was not afraid of Bella, so she would put the super safety gloves on and she would occupy Bella as I quickly pulled out everything from her cage. She hissed, screamed, bit and scratched but Sarah stood there calmly talking to her.
At the time, my beloved cat Eugene (a girl) was very sick. Months passed and during the last week of December we knew it was time to let her go and it was a very very sad time in my life. I told my husband “No more cats, never again, I can’t get attached”. Days went by, the sadness was everywhere but I could not get Bella out of my mind.
About 4 months had passed since I met her and she still was in a cage, having not yet found her home. I told my husband, “We have to bring her here, just to foster, just to get her out of the cage.” We were scheduled to pick her up one evening and the two adoption reps, Cathy and Miriam tried for 2 hours to get her into a carrier. It was not going to happen. They said come back on Friday, Dawn will be able to take care of it. We went home, unsure of what we were getting ourselves into. Friday came, we met Dawn and within 5 minutes Bella was in the carrier and we were on the subway back to Brooklyn.
It is now 8 months since we brought Bella home and a year since I had met her. She went from being close to 20 lbs to a healthier 12 lbs. When I get home she is waiting at the door and I pick her up like a baby and kiss her face and stomach. She does let me know when enough is enough. She is very feisty and always has us laughing. She likes to give me love bites on the top of my feet and will chase me around the apartment. She doesn’t meow but will give an occasional squeak. She needs her space, which we respectfully give her, and she trusts us more each day.
Although I too am a KittyKind volunteer I want to say thank you to everyone who makes KittyKind continue to run. So much goes on behind the scenes before a cat finds it’s new home.