At first, having Tom and Jerry was like having two invisible cats. They pretty much just hid in the closet for the first couple days. Since one of their owners died and the other went into an assisted living home, Tom and Jerry have been bounced around a bit. They were stressed at the facility and we expected them to be nervous around us, so we weren't surprised.
|Tom cautiously checking us out|
Jerry was the first to test the waters. He crept around us, sniffing carefully, ready to bolt at the first sign of danger. Tom was much more cautious. For the first several days - more than a week - he wouldn't let us get too close to him. He came out to eat, but wasn't interested in more. But one day, I was sick in bed, and to my surprise, Tom jumped up to keep me company! Our guess is that Tom wanted to check us out, but he was frightened when we moved. Since I was staying so still, he finally got up the courage.
|Jerry checks out some boots|
Once we broke the ice, both Tom and Jerry were eager to get affection, though they were always skittish and were scared by loud noises or sudden movements.
|Tom finally gets up on the couch|
Tom is actually more insistent in demanding attention than Jerry!
And we have some exciting news to report! Tom and Jerry were recently adopted by a loving family. I'm sure they're in the lap of luxury right now, settling into their new home. They've had a long journey and they deserve lots of pampering and love.
Success stories like Tom and Jerry are what keep me going as a volunteer for HSEC. And I'm sure that Tom and Jerry are grateful for all of the staff and volunteers that helped them heal their broken hearts. Personally, I couldn't be happier that an organization like HSEC is around to take care of kitties like Tom and Jerry, who might be more difficult to place but who are equally deserving of a secure and happy home.