My name is Snow, but you may remember me as 'White Cat' or 'Paloma'. I'm the kitty who was abandoned inside a busy store, terrified and frantic.
The nice people at Operation PAW took me in and cared for me, even when I was a hissy, growly, furious ball of white fluff. They put up with my mood swings, my scratching, my over-stimulated bites... they were very good to me.
Don't get me wrong, I was grateful to have a place to call my own, even if it was a cage. Mealtimes were regular and I got lots of attention. They slowly taught me that I could trust them, that petting is nice, and that nobody there meant me any harm.
One of the rescue ladies made me a pretty hammock for my condo and I loved to lounge in it, watching the world go by. I really enjoyed my little crinkle ball, and the feather wand was my absolute favorite toy. A lot of nice people came by and worked with me every day--they called it 'socialization' but I know the truth--they loved play time as much as I did. Who doesn't get excited about feathers and sparkly balls?
My eyes are pretty unusual and the rescue folks worried because my pupils were different sizes--I heard them talking about medical stuff, and potential 'neurological trauma', and I didn't really understand any of it, but I could sense that they were worried about me.
So, they coerced me into a nice big carrier and we went on a road trip! They told me what a good girl I was being as I sat quietly in the carrier, looking around and watching everything passing by. We went to a place called 'Hollywood Animal Hospital' and we saw two nice doctors--Dr. Sessa and Dr. Swinger. They were kind to me and talked gently--no grabby hands there--and reassured the ladies that I am just fine! I was glad to hear that... but I could have told them that myself if they had just asked me!
I still had a bit of socialization to do before they would be able to place me in a foster home, so you can imagine their surprise the next day when a lady met me and fell in love with me at first sight! She wasn't hesitant at all and reached right in to pick me up! I knew she was the one!