Happy Tail: Snowy

Snowy was one of several cats found cruelly abandoned in a filthy, dark, and inhospitable parking garage. Rescued with immense effort and patience by ACR volunteer trappers, he was brought into care to be assessed and socialized.

Barbara, a long-time ACR supporter, assesses rescue cats as they are brought in, when it is unclear how feral or tame they might be. At their first encounter, Barbara noted that Snowy was “completely traumatized, due to his lack of socialization and never having been in a house.” Through the use of a large crate — outfitted with a personal carrier to give the cat a spot to hide — Snowy’s behaviour would continue to be observed in a safe manner.

Happy Tail: Snowy

For the first month, the only time Snowy would step outside was to eat and use the litter box. He was still scared, and unfamiliar with his new environment. At that time,Barbara was concerned that Snowy might not come around. However, she continued to be patient and gave him room to open up at his own speed.

Happy Tail: Snowy

Months passed, and Snowy eventually did get comfortable. “When he finally got to that point, I decided I’d rather adopt him, than have him go to another foster home and have to start over,” Barbara says, as she decided to permanently welcome Snowy into her household.

Happy Tail: Snowy

Despite Snowy’s reputation as the biggest cat in the house physically, he’s actually the least dominant in personality! “He tries to wash the other rescue cats to show that he’s submissive. It’s too cute!” Barbara says.

Happy Tail: Snowy

With Snowy settled into his home, Barbara mentions that he has made tremendous progress compared to when he first arrived two years ago. Snowy is a creature of habit; he doesn’t like change and will get temporarily spooked when Barbara wears a hat or different shoes.

Though he tends to hide under the couch when Barbara has visitors, he loves when Barbara pets him, and has even recently allowed his “Uncle James” (who feeds him when Barbara is away) to pet him. “He’s my big baby and I love him dearly,” Barbara says.

-Justina Tran

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