Gabby’s homeless past is a distant memory
No one is quite sure how long Gabby had been homeless, only that she lived on the streets near Clark Avenue in Cloverdale, foraging for food by day and seeking a safe place to sleep at night.
One day, about five years ago, the large black cat was rescued by Feline Rescue of Northern California and her life was changed forever.
Feline Rescue is a six-year old, all volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Cloverdale and other parts of Sonoma County. They provide services for 400-600 homeless cats and kittens each year, including spay/neuter and all other veterinary care needed. Their rescues are placed in loving foster homes while they await adoption.
Mary Braem Foster, President of the organization, first met Megan Clark when Clark agreed to adopt Gabby. Even though it meant paying an additional $400 damage deposit – which she arranged to pay over time – and helping Gabby adjust to life inside her tiny apartment, Clark didn’t hesitate. Gabby quickly adapted to her new home, and today, she and Clark are the best of friends.
Foster says, “Every month for the past five years, I’ve received a $10 or $20 donation from “Gabby,” thanking Feline Rescue for helping her find such a wonderful home.”
Clark’s hobby is counted cross stitch, and, so far, she has created four exquisite pieces for Feline Rescue to use in fundraising efforts. The first piece took her more than a year to complete
“We are fortunate to have many “Megan Clarks” in our community with generous hearts and so much to give,” says Foster.
To find out more about Feline Rescue, or to become either a donor or a volunteer, visit them online at feline-rescue.com or call Mary at 494-5544.
(Photos: Mary Braem Foster)