Animal stories

Aurora Is Looking for a Loving Home

Aurora is looking for a loving home…

Aurora is a gorgeous and very affectionate 11 year old cat who is looking for her “furever” home. For 5 years before coming into CCN’s care she lived confined in a small place with a large number of other cats who would often bully her. In the 15 months she has spent in foster care, she has turned into a very affectionate and chatty cat. She loves rubs and to be brushed, and she loves some company. She is still a little nervous with strangers but also quite inquisitive. She is looking for a quiet indoor-only home with no other pets and no young children. She will be shy when first moving in her new home and you will need to give her time to get used to you, but every step forward is so rewarding and she really deserves to find a home where she can be loved! You can see more photos of Aurora here and read the story of her rehabilitation here.

Aurora is spayed, fully vaccinated, microchipped and has tested negative to FIV and FeLV. She had a recent health-check and apart for some arthritis for which she is being treated, she is healthy. She suffered from gingivitis when she first came into our care, but had a few teeth extracted and was successfully treated. To enquire about adopting Aurora, please read our adoption procedure and text 086 1583501.

After a few years being involved in animal welfare, I have come to see rescue as a three-phase process. Phase 1 is the actual rescue. It can be quite impressive or dramatic or it can be just picking up a kitten on the side of the road. You will often hear people say that they have rescued a kitten and then handed him/her to a rescue; in those cases, they often forget about the long process that is about to happen after. Phase 2 is possibly the most challenging. It is the long process of rehabilitation. At times it can be quite straight forward if the animal is friendly and healthy, but at other times, it might involve many vet visits and a lot of emotional and time investment on the part of the fosterer to rehabilitate the animal and get it ready for rehoming. Phase 3 is the rehoming phase. You need to find the right home for the animal, one where they will live a happy life. The new family will then finish the rescue process by welcoming the animal in their home, helping them to settle, give them time to adapt and do what they can to reduce the stress due to their change of environment. Although it may seem quite easy, in some cases it does take some effort and the new family needs to be patient and understanding of their new pet’s needs. Once the animal has settled, then you can consider the rescue as being successful. When Dawn and Aurora came into my care over a year ago, I was fully aware it would take time to rehabilitate these two female cats who came from a hoarding background. They were so nervous at the beginning! I remember Sinead shaking her head saying I definitely liked a challenge, well I do! Dawn’s slow-blinking kept encouraging me! Both suffered from Gingivitis and were treated for it. Once they were free from that pain, they began to make progress, taking a treat out of my hand, looking at me instead of going in hiding and finally we reached the stage when they would welcome me at the door with their chattering at dinner time and asked for rubs. Every little step forward was such a victory that it would bring tears in my eyes. A year later, Dawn found a home, a loving family who understand that it will take time before she fully settles with them. They have understood that they are part of her rescue and have taken up that challenge (quite successfully considering the latest updates). Now, it is time for Aurora to find her new home.

Help Aurora to find a home by printing this poster (Aurora) and placing on local notice boards (in Cork and surrounding counties).