Coco, a rear leg double amputee, arrived at Rustic Hollow in September 2013. She was found alone by a busy highway unable to walk and terrified. Her back legs were deformed and useless to her. After her surgery, CoCo gets around really great and looks adorable in her Fancy Pants.
Haeger came to us extremely feral and disfigured. He was recovering from serious injuries inflicted by humans. He was terrified of hands. We worked daily with Haeger touching him only with a long extended pole "hand". He learned to trust our hands and now is a very social & gentle feline.
Miss Helen Keller had also been found alongside of a road turning in circles. She was totally blind and very afraid. She lived in a wonderful sanctuary in Texas until they had to re-locate. She moved with several other furs from that sanctuary. She is now much friendlier and lets us pet her. She is very independent, no longer goes in circles and loves her suite of rooms at C & W.
Jewell was rescued after she suffered the loss of part of her feet on two of her legs due to being caught in a snare trap. She had surgery at the Jewell (Iowa) Veterinary Hospital. She is still semi-feral but loves being in the outdoor rooms and loves the company of her cat friends.
Ahhh, TJ (Thomas Jewel). What can we say about a face like that. This special kitty has Feline Leukemia and he has been with us since July of 2005. He is about 13-15 years old, and is one of our senior FeLV+ cats. FeLV does not have to be a death sentence for a rescued kitty. Just ask TJ and his FeLV+ pals at Rustic Hollow.
Mulan is one of our severe CH (Cerebellar Hypoplasia) kitties. When she came she was unable to stand and move on her own. She gets regular cold laser treatment therapy & she now can stand and walk on her own, slowly and deliberately. She is very independent and she has a special kitty friend named Eddie who is also CH. They are inseparable.
Snuggles came to C & W because his person was dying of brain cancer. Robert wanted his kitties moved to C & W before he died so he knew they were safe and would be at 'home'. Every night we would send photos and updates to him of his kitties and he was content that his felines would be happy and together after he passed. Robert had been a supporter of Rustic Hollow since 1997. He passed in 2013.
Cutest kitty ever?? Keyko is with us partly due to his litter box habits. He has Devon Rex Syndrome which affects his muscles and breathing too. He has a semi private room in Sandy's Kitty Haven as he needs to be where it is quiet so he does not get over excited and hyperventilate. Sweet kitty. Keyko is over 12.
Scamper is another of our CH kitties. He is a moderate Cerebellar Hypoplasia kitty and nothing stops Scamper from doing his thing, even if he flips and flops and hops and falls doing it. He actually was picking on some cats in one building so he moved to another one where he is MUCH happier. Scamper was most likely born to a momma kitty who had distemper as that is one of the common causes of CH in cats. There is no DISability for Scamper. Only dis'ABILITY'.
Holmes came from a rescue organization in IL and was very feral. He came with his brother Watson. The rescue group had tried all sorts of therapy to help these two kitties. They had been found in a hoarder's home and they were hiding in a corner when found after the passing of the person. With lots of freedom and rehabilitation at Rustic Hollow, both cats are friendly now and have forgotten their fear and are no longer feral. Are they adoptable? No, because their 'home' and safety is where they found it-at C & W.