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For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That’s good news for cats like Punkin, who was rescued by PAWS South Florida Rescue in Ft. Lauderdale. PAWS president Deborah Gagnon tells us how Punkin and other kittens found forever homes:
“Recently, it is been our pleasure to work with a homeless man who has set up his tent in a public park right down the street from one of the trailer parks that we are currently working. Back in the beginning of the year, one of the residents in a park told us about this gentleman who’d had incredible success working with feral cats in the park. They were helping him feed the cats, but obviously nobody was taking the time to get the cats sterilized.
“We met with this man, whom we have come to call Roo because he claims to be from Australia. (However, we really think he’s from New Jersey.) We have now been working with him and for the most part, the adult cats have come to like him and become friendly with him to the point where he can actually pick them up. This makes it very easy for us to take them in to get them sterilized. He also works with their litters and has become a very valuable socializer for the kittens. When the kittens are ready to be adopted, we take them into our care and they have proven to be some of the most gorgeous, adoptable kittens we have ever had.
“Sometimes, Roo can be a little too insistent when he wants us to come take the kittens, as he doesn’t quite appreciate our space limitations within our homes. But other than this one small obstacle which is very easy to step around, Roo has become one of the most unusual and productive volunteers our organization has ever had. We wish there was more we could do for him personally, but the man is really very happy living as he does. And now he has his own little family of cats who at least will not be giving him more babies.”