Angel in the Doorway

Martina has been sheltered for too long and deserves an angel!

"Sometimes, a real ANGEL walks through this door. They will specifically ask for 'one in need.' Recently, a dear with a heart-murmur was taken. We have several that are either older or that can't get along with others, but when I think of who is the neediest, I'd have to say 'MARTINA'

"Vicki Flint is known as the "Cat Whisperer" around this local shelter. (Danbury Animal Welfare Society, in Bethel... 203-744-3297). http://www.daws.org/cats/179/martina

She speaks to these felines in a soft sing-song voice as she slowly, calmly approaches each for a nightly cuddle. "I really don't want you to talk about me," she stated. "Please let that angel know that there is a special girl who is waiting for a home."

Martina is lovely. A black coat is accented with four white paws, white whiskers and a white bib. She has been sheltered for many years as she just doesn't care for other cats. Aloof in this environment, Martina did show her true colors while undergoing a medical procedure that allowed her the chance to live in a foster home.

Friendly and loving by nature, Martina adjusted to this temporary home placement rather quickly. Once well, however, it was back to the shelter again. "She is truly a different cat when in a home with adults that include her. One doesn't see this when people are visiting the shelter to adopt. Of course, many people want a kitten which does exclude ladies like Martina," Vicki explained. "Remember though, kittens do grow up." Martina, like many of the animals who are waiting for a 'Forever Home,' was most likely brought to the shelter when an owner could no longer provide for her. The cages are all full and a cat like this special one can be overlooked. Ms. Flint concluded, "I will cry when she leaves. Not because I will miss her so, but for the heart-felt joy I will feel knowing she is finally at home." 'Calling all Angels.'

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Victoria M. Flint August 29, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Thank you Kathy, for so beautifully telling Martina's story. She truly is a wonderful cat. I love her so much, I have her photo hanging in my home. I would adopt her in a heartbeat, but my lease allows only one pet. Everyday I pray Martina's Angel will walk through the door. Vicki Flint
marc August 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM
I can't believe any animal is happy being caged for years! why didn't this cat get a home yet. I don't understand how this shelter works?
Kathleen Gemmell August 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Marc, I'm not comfortable speaking on DAW"s hehalf. I understand that they are a "no-kill" facility and perhaps, consequently an animal can stay for a period of time. I also believe that they are let out of their cages each day. KG
Lucia August 30, 2012 at 01:12 PM
marc, the alternative to being in a cage, being fed, being safe and having the potential to be adopted is better than euthanization. A shelter is available for people to adopt, if there are no adopters what would you expect them to do. In this economy many people have to give up their pets because they cannot afford to keep them. These are bad times for everyone including shelters.
marc August 30, 2012 at 01:28 PM
There is no quality in this kind of life.
Kathleen Gemmell August 30, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I'm not sure that this is the forum to discuss the controversial issue of 'Euthanasia.' KG
Kathleen Gemmell August 30, 2012 at 01:47 PM
This is the story of an animal that could truly use a home, and of a dedicated shelter volunteer. Let's address each by finding Martina a family. KG
Karla Donovan August 30, 2012 at 03:22 PM
The cats there are loved, petted, fed, and let outside in a cat playground and allowed to roam inside as well daily. A permanent home with loving owners and run of a house is a better life certainly, but the shelter is second best and the cats are quite happy and very healthy as they wait for their permanent home.
Jenn Hill August 30, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Marc, I am not clear on why you are questioning the shelter? It's not DAWS' fault that Martina is still there - it is people's reluctance to take a chance on a cat that will ultimately make someone a wonderful pet. I would strongly encourage you to visit DAWS - they are always looking for good volunteers who care about the animals. The goal of the volunteers is to spend time giving the animals a good quality of life until they are able to find someone willing to open their hearts and give them a loving, permanent home.
Karen Hess August 30, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Marc, i am not involved with the cats at Daws, but i have to say we adopted our 'Annie' from the shelter. She 'lived in a cage' for two years. (not really but not in a home). We adopted her and while it took a little while for the adjustment she is the most beautiful, warm, obedient, SMART, dog you could ever ask for. I like to think...she was just waiting for us. Maybe this story will reach someone's soul and they will open their home to Martina. One can only hope.
Chris Scott August 30, 2012 at 04:32 PM
We adopted our two cats from DAWS after visiting many shelters in the area. DAWS was by far the cleanest and best organized. Frankly I found some of the other shelters concerning. The staff and animals at DAWS are great and I hope any of you who are looking for a pet would make the trip to visit DAWS.
Leslie Yager August 30, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Marc, regarding "I can't believe any animal is happy being caged for years! why didn't this cat get a home yet. I don't understand how this shelter works?" Sometimes it just takes a while & the waiting pays off. My black lab was about to walk her green mile. That would have been terrible - she's fabulous! Maybe your question was rhetorical... Always visit a shelter before passing judgement. I have toured many. Some are run down buildings, but are BURSTING with love and good care dedicated staff & volunteers. They tend to be the BUSIEST people I meet!
marc August 31, 2012 at 10:22 AM
I still don't like the idea of a cat being in a cage. My cat and dog run around and play and they don't belong in a shelter.Anyway, it says that all the cages are full so where do the cats go that need a place? and why are people getting rid of there cats any way? Thats all I'm going to say. They are animals and should be free.
Kathleen Gemmell August 31, 2012 at 10:40 AM
It is always horrible when any animal is without a home. I feel that a shelter acts as a transition period for that animal. May I toss out suggestions? SPAY/NEUTER YES RESCUE/ NO PET STORES KG
Hope August 31, 2012 at 02:31 PM
As a DAWS volunteer, I can assure everyone that the cats get plenty of time out of their cages to play indoors or out (in a safe enclosure) or just lounge around, as they please. They have numerous volunteers and staff members to interact with. While a forever home would be ideal for all the cats, DAWS does provide them with a loving, comfy and enriched environment until their adopters come in and find them. As for Martina, she has several special people in whose laps she loves to nestle, enjoying the companionship. She is living a quality life with lots of affection as she awaits her forever home.
Leslie Yager August 31, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Nutmeg http://nutmegclinic.org/ is a new low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Stratford (exit 30 off I-95). Very affordable! $75 special low price to spay/neuter pit bulls! Upping SPAY/NEUTER numbers will go a long way toward reducing the number of homeless cats/dogs. Nutmeg also works with groups who do TNR of feral cats (Trap, neuter, release) because a cat can have 4-5 litters per year - average 4 kittens/litter. Do the math...
Leah Yarbo September 01, 2012 at 10:32 AM
I just heard something about FERAL cat colonies in Danbury. Does anyone know about that?
Karen September 11, 2012 at 08:42 PM
There are several Feral Cat colonies in Danbury. DAWS has a TNR program if you wish to check out the website. www.daws.org.
Terry Terry September 14, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Marc, having been a volunteer at a shelter myself its not their fault the cat has not been adopted. I agree with Lucia. Anyone insensitive enough to make such a comment like yours should get off their butts and try volunteering. Then you'll see. People consider pets throw away items, its very sad. This shelter does amazing things. Terry
Susan Schiavone September 19, 2012 at 04:35 PM
PLEASE focus on the story here...to get Martina a home. I can tell you it will be worth itif you have the space in your hearl! I have adopted 3 adult black males, from DAWS, all with minor health issues that seem to disappear once they are in a loving home. If I could express the LOVE and JOY I receive from these "adult" kittens, I would. But, I just cant' explain it. I wouldn't consider myself living without them.
Leslie Yager September 20, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Susan's right! I wish someone would please head over to DAWS for this nice cat.


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