Fiona the Watchful

March 19, 2018

Fiona the Watchful


Because the world doesn’t have enough cat pictures, here’s Fiona on high alert after she heard a very loud and unrecognizable sound. She was hanging out with the Grill-Meister and me during our weekend morning routine, which we affectionately call “Happy Coffee” (more on that another time).

Mature and circumspect Fiona; she rules the yard (during supervised outside play time)

Fiona is a rescue cat who was found huddled in the hood of a car at a nearby mechanic shop, very frightened, dehydrated and severely undernourished.

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Fiona when she joined our family; the vet said she was about half the size she should have been at her age, guesstimated at 12 weeks

Fiona’s rescuers, the owners of the car shop, saw the signs from our desperate search for our missing cat, Scout (who was never found), and called me. Their message was this: we have a scared, abandoned, almost feral kitten who needs a home, and since your cat is lost, would you like to come over and meet her?

The rest is history.

She has me wrapped around her little paws

Fiona has been with us for 7 years now. She’s in charge of the house here at Glover Gardens, a fact that the other cat, two dogs, numerous fish and both of us humans don’t dispute.

But let’s help write the next chapter for some other fine animals – please consider adopting a rescue animal when you get your next pet. There are many excellent organizations that take on the special commitment to make a good life possible for homeless animals.

logo_apaOne of my favorites is Austin Pets Alive!, an amazing example of how an innovative mindset and an ever-growing group of very determined people can save furry lives and connect them with loving homes. Their mission: “to promote and provide the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals.” I can get behind that! Also, Austin Pets Alive! has a special place in the heart of many Houstonians because they stepped up and took in thousands of displaced Houston pets during the floods in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. So did many individuals across our state and beyond – one friend in Louisiana fostered 8 or more dogs after the storm! Anyway, here’s to humans who care about animals, and to the animals themselves who deserve a happy life with a forever family.

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2 thoughts on “Fiona the Watchful”

  • As a shelter volunteer and rescuer, I thank you for this post from the bottom of my heart. Six rescue cats inside, a colony of five ferals (including a pregnant mama who is trap-savvy; the others have been TNRd already) outside … and still enough room in my heart for the critters at the shelter. Health issues may have kept my body away from the shelter for a while, but my heart is still there and I go when I can.

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