‘Boots’ the cat evicted, needs new home

By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

February 3, 2014

The cat living at a local homeless shelter has been given the boot and must find a new home.

The Ark, a shelter and supportive services for women and families, can’t allow the cat to stay at the facility.

“Unfortunately, because of pet allergies among staff and Ark guests, it’s not possible for her to live inside at The Ark,” said Jane Motsinger of the Ark.

“Her name is Boots. She is a truly great cat living at The Ark shelter (basement) for the past three to four years,” said Motsinger. “Boots was originally an outside cat who has grown accustomed to the indoors.”

Staff and volunteers couldn’t live with the cat eviction with incoming frigid temperatures. Motsinger and other volunteers have mobilized to protect Boots from the winter weather.

“Right now Boots is warm and inside a cage at Elkin Veterinary Hospital until adoption. It’s been way too cold and dangerous outside,” said Motsinger.

Motsinger said the cat makes for the perfect companion and is great with kids.

“Think of all the smiles and happiness she has brought to the Ark over the last few years,” said Motisinger.

“She is a female, not sure of her age,” said Dr. Debra Garing of Elkin Veterinary Hospital, who housed Boots during the recent polar blitz of cold temperatures. “She is what we call a short-haired domestic cat. She’s black with white on her. As far as I know she is OK. She’s eating well, seems very healthy.

“I think she would make someone a great pet. She’s flexible. She can be indoor pet and outdoor,” continued Garing.

According to Garing, cats are vulnerable in cold weather. Lots of times they can find places to stay warm, but because they are small it is not advised for cats to be exposed to harsh weather, especially if a cat has acclimated to an indoor environment.

“Cats can freeze,” said Garing.

Garing said that for a transition to a new home, one has to consider what the cat may be processing. The entire process is overwhelming on a cat and very stressful, but with the right support they’ll adapt.

“What you would need to do should keep her inside a home for a couple of weeks, feed her, pet her and love her. Once she identifies that it’s her new home, gradually you can allow her to roam outdoors,” said Garing.

As far as adoption, Motsinger is asking for the community to contact her if they’re interested.

“If you, or anyone you know would like to make Boots a part of your family, please contact me at 336-366-2922. Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested, and help us find a good home for a great cat,” she said.

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