Happy Tail: Molly

Molly’s story begins in a garden allotment in Thorncliffe. A fortunate litter, Molly and her siblings were so well cared for by local gardeners that we know her exact birthday, April 26th. While the savvy gardeners quickly reached out to the Toronto Humane Society to spay, neuter, and return the cats to the local colony, Molly never received the tell-tale clip on her left ear. “I like to think that it’s because she has remarkably long ears and the vet couldn’t bear to do it,” laughs her foster, Nikki.

Happy Tail: Molly

Despite living outside, Molly had lots of contact with humans and was well socialized; however, there are many potential dangers to cats living outdoors. Unfortunately, in a particularly harrowing example of this, one of Molly’s siblings went missing and it is believed that they were killed by coyotes from the neighbouring ravine. At some point, locals had Molly treated for ticks and met a kind veterinarian who remarked on how gentle she was and suggested she be put up for adoption. She then spent some time in a kennel at the Toronto Humane Society where she sadly became withdrawn.

Happy Tail: Molly

Enter Annex Cat Rescue. ACR foster Nikki says that she began fostering to fill a “cat-shaped void” in her life following the passing of her beloved cat, Mike. A cat lover at heart, Nikki’s first foster was an immune-compromised cat named Ebe. Once Ebe found his forever family, Nikki once again opened her home and heart to foster a second cat, Molly.

While Molly was distressed the day she arrived, she quickly found shelter in a wicker basket under Nikki’s bed. This became her safe space for several more weeks as she slowly got her bearings in her new home. Nikki says that when she was in her basket, she was more open to scratches behind her ears and comfortable enough to purr, so much so that her full name became “Molly Basket.”

Happy Tail: Molly

Nikki was encouraged by Molly’s progress over the next few weeks as her personality emerged. “She started to loosen up, being rambunctious and playing with her toys early in the morning,” she says. An independent cat who was not distressed when left alone during the day, Molly seemed to suit Nikki’s lifestyle. “She calmed me and made me laugh. I was smitten with her and realized that I kept putting off notifying ACR that Molly was ready to be put on the adoption site,” says Nikki. Soon after, she decided to adopt.

Patience is key when welcoming a new cat to your home, says Nikki. While Molly is not a lap cat (yet!), and wary of strangers, it is important to remember these are behaviours that she learned in order to survive outside.

Happy Tail: Molly

“Knowing that I have given her a chance to be warm, sheltered, and cared for is so rewarding,” says Nikki. “Fostering gives cats the chance to exhibit their personalities—the ones that emerge when they’re safe and cared for, which means that they can be placed with the right person or family.”

-Jessica Pellerin

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