Buddy’s fosterer’s first contact with him was when she was asked to collect him from another fosterer as he was aggressive and kept getting stuck behind large items of furniture. She and her partner went to fetch Buddy who was so feral and scared, that he bit her partner!
The day they brought him home tried to contain him in a small pen but Buddy broke out of it within minutes!! He set up camp under their bed behind a large duffel bag so they left him there. If they went anywhere near him he would back off as far as he could, he was so scared, however, he was coming out to eat and use a litter tray when he was alone.
His fosterers gave him some space and spent weeks just talking to him without approaching. Then as they fed him he began to creep out towards the bowl but if they moved he’d go right back in his hiding place. So they started to push his food under the bed and then step away and lay on the floor whilst he ate, with every mouthful he’d look up checking they hadn’t approached him! As the weeks went by his fosterers took fewer steps away until they could leave a hand on the bowl whilst he ate and once or twice managed to touch him gently whilst he was having his dinner.
Four months later, the unthinkable happened and the house was burgled. His fosterer wasn’t bothered about anything taken but frantically looked for Buddy as the burglar had left the window open. But Buddy was gone and they thought they’d never see him again. The next week was spent putting food out and shouting him with no sign. However, exactly a week after the burglary, as his fosterer went to close their living room curtains – there was little Buddy!!
She left some food out and Buddy immediately darted off but came back to gobble it up! His fosterers tried to tempt him back inside but Buddy was having none of it despite their best efforts. Changing tack, they brought him some treats and he came back every night like clockwork. After a while, Buddy even started to eat from their hands and put his front paws up to grab his treats!
One day he started following his fosterer round the garden brushing against her legs and purring for the first time after she stroked him! Buddy was eventually tempted inside the house but it was decided with the Charity that it would be unkind to try and shut him in again now that he’d had so much freedom.
So now he’s a permanent foster cat. The Animal Accident Rescue Unit has a lifelong commitment to the animals it rescues. This means cats that aren’t able to be rehomed due to medical conditions, are cared for by the Charity’s network of fosterers for the rest of their lives, with the Charity providing financial support
He runs a mile from any strangers and likes to spend about 90% of his time outdoors. But now he pops in and out every hour or so. He has his very own executive hotel outside for when it’s a bit chilly but he spends the odd night in the house. The big thing that’s changed is that he now trusts his fosterers and actually enjoys some affection. He’s never bitten or scratched since that first day and recently his fosterer witnessed a true test of his trust.
Buddy came in bleeding and unable to use his leg. Clearly he needed veterinary attention but his fosterers had not attempted to pick him up or place him in a cat carrier since their first meeting. However, Buddy went into his carrier with no problems and let the vet examine him, clean his wound and give him injections without a murmur!
His fosterer sums up her relationship with him: ” It’s strange really, of all my cats I see him the least but the bond we have built is so strong, he really is
‘My little Buddy’ just like I called him on day one.”
“This cat is not available for adoption due to their health issues but you can donate to help Animal Accident Rescue Unit to cover the cost of vets bills, regular medication and food.
“The Charity has a life long commitment to the animals it rescues, which can be very costly especially for those with complex medical conditions. As we take in more cats with long-term health problems that prevent them being available for general adoption we have to rely on our network of caring permanent cat fosterers to give these cats the love and attention they deserve.
“To donate, please visit our website: http://www.animalaccident.org.uk/donate/
“If you are interested in becoming a permanent cat fosterer, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.”