Colour: DMH Tortoiseshell
Born: Approx. August 7, 2019
Gender: Spayed Female, microchipped
In the spring of 2021, residents of a small town outside of Lethbridge noticed a scruffy, obviously homeless little cat coming semi-regularly to the food bowl on their deck. Trapping was attempted but the gray girl remained elusive. She then went MIA for several weeks - which is what new moms often do - and sure enough, in early August, four little kittens were seen accompanying their momma to the food bowl in the middle of the night. They came from a large yard with a garden shed across the street. We assume they were living under the shed. A trapping plan was put in place and over the next two nights, the mom and her kittens were safely caught. Three weeks later, alive and well, a fifth kitten rejoined her family.
We were so very relieved when Ela was finally caught. She'd probably had other litters and it wouldn't have been a good outcome if they'd all be born outside like her last litter. But this was her time. She's still a little shy - and looks the part in the above picture - but, to be fair, she had been brought into an unfamiliar home to have her picture taken - who wouldn't be a little frightened. She's certainly not the shyest little cat we've had in our system. She loves tummy rubs and chin scratches. She likes a calm, gentle approach and reciprocates in kind. Her purr is soft. She doesn't really like being picked up, but she will settle in for some loving on your lap. [UPDATE May 14/22: Ela now lets her foster day pick her up and hold her against his chest. He calls her his "Gorgeous Tortoise"]. We are very proud of the progress she's made. We've said this SO many times - inviting a little shy cat into your life is filled with rewards. They usually bond deeply with their person - all they need is time. Ela is still young and we expect her to continue to make strides in her own, quiet way.
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Ela lying on her side - note her beautiful coat with some hints of peachy beauty:
Ela's kittens! As of May, 2022, there are still three available for adoptiion - the two solid gray girls and the orange boy: