We can’t take full credit for rescuing Baxter. All of that should go to Stray Cat Alliance. Here’s Baxter’s story:
He and five other cats were going to be killed at the Orange County shelter for merely being exposed to mange. Yes, you read that correctly. He didn’t have mange (and even if he did, it is totally treatable and easily cured), he was exposed to mange. That is death sentence for cats and dogs in shelters across this nation. Thankfully, Stray Cat Alliance swooped in and pulled Baxter out of the shelter with only moments to spare. The other five cats were rescued as well. Unfortunately, one cat was killed by the shelter before it was able to be saved. ~RIP little guy. I’m sorry that humans can be so cruel ~
I had just recently begun volunteering with Stray Cat Alliance when Baxter’s story came through my email. I love all cats, but I REALLY love black cats! I couldn’t resist and jumped at the chance to help Baxter in any way. We weren’t ready to foster, so I helped Baxter and Stray Cat Alliance by picking Baxter up from the vet after he got neutered and transporting him to his temporary foster home. I stayed a while there with him to help him get settled in and then left him in the hands of his temporary foster mom. A few days later, he moved to a more permanent foster home.
Within two weeks, he was adopted into his forever home, thanks to Stray Cat Alliance. Here is the description of his new life…
“Baxter is happy in his new forever home and everyone just loves him! On his first day there he explored the whole house and made himself right at home. He loves playing with toys, especially the feather on a string attached to a stick — he runs really fast and does somersaults trying to catch it and makes his new mommy & daddy laugh. And they said he’s really snuggly too and has been friendly to everyone he’s met, including his new sister Chloe. This is Baxter laying on his daddy’s stomach while watching birds out the window. This little boy was only hours from being killed at the shelter…”