Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue Tuck loves to lounge outside in a specially designed catio.
On a recent sunny Saturday, Denver’s Rocky Mountain Cat Rescue (RMFR) looks a little different from normal. A barefoot musician plays the guitar, a woman reads runes, and happy people are chatting on garden chairs, towels and yoga mats. And Tuck, one with green eyes Manx cat and reason for the party, watch from the catio.
Tuck arrived at RMFR in November 2018. After a few days he had spent in a foster home, where he had remained all the time without using the litter box, a veterinary examination revealed the cause of his. incontinence: Tuck had Manx Syndrome. This made it difficult to find the right home for Tuck, who cannot wear diapers because they cause him urinary tract infections.
Little cat, big personality
As one of the oldest residents in RMFR history, this little kitty who likes head shots, jumping through Hula-Hoops and high-flying treats made a big impression.
“Tuck was a special needs cat that touched the hearts of everyone at RMFR,” said Kelsey Bailey, RMFR Animal Care Manager. “He has been a rallying cat and brings a sense of unity to staff and volunteers.”
“Tuck is not shy,” says Naomi Lugo, RMFR board member and Tuck alumnus foster parent. “He loves head shots and lying on your shoulders on a towel. He’s such a lovely kitten who loves anyone’s attention.”
But after two years, 10 months, and an adoption attempt later, Tuck was ready to start a new life, one in a place designed for disabled cats like his. The Colorado Pet Sanctuary (CCAS), located in the Rockies about an hour from Tuck’s kennel at RMFR, had formally invited Tuck to join the sanctuary. The move was a cause for celebration, and fans of the adorable kitty were there to cheer her on ahead of the big move.
Finally, a place of his own
While the RMFR staff enjoyed spending time with Tuck, keeping him indefinitely was not ideal, both for his needs and for the resources of the shelter. The CCAS facility, with its specially designed space and roaming cats, suited Tuck much better.
LuAnn Pierce, Founder and Director of CCAS, first heard of Tuck on social media when he was a kitten and told Daily Paws it was love on the first post.
“Every now and then I would check the website to see if it was still there,” she says. “And one day they reached out and said, ‘we just can’t find a home for her.’ And that’s the kind of cats that come to shrines. They’re considered ‘unadoptable,’ but what that really means is that they have something that makes them hard to deal with in a home environment. And Tuck falls into that category, because most of our cats do. “
Although the shelter is specially designed for cats with incontinence with epoxy flooring and washable mats, “we try to make it as comfortable as possible,” says Pierce.
“We are definitely proactive in keeping [the cats] stimulated and making sure they get enough sun and enough recreation and enrichment that they would get if they were in a house. “
Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue Tuck loves to take a walk outside at CCAS, where he can play with other cats and explore the outdoors in a safe way.
At CCAS, Tuck will be able to walk and play with new kitten friends in the 1,500 square foot sanctuary, sunbathe on a catio, and get all the one-on-one love he needs.
Lugo, Tuck’s former adoptive parent, is delighted with his new start. “He’s an amazing cat with the odds against him, but he has a family dedicated to taking care of him.”
And while Tuck’s time at RMFR is over, the shelter says his legacy will live on. They plan to create a fund in 2022 dedicated to the care of other cats that need a little more care.
“When I started fostering, I realized I could make a difference,” Lugo says. “But it wasn’t until I met Tuck that I realized how essential foster homes and shelters like Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue are. Working with Tuck made me see what I can do. more and showed me that it takes a community to help these cats. “