Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ollie and Atlas

Ollie, a Dumpster kitten who's still on the mend from antifreeze poisoning, inspired his rescuer to set out a Have-a-Heart trap, on the chance of rescuing his missing litter mates. But what she caught was Atlas, a scar-faced tomcat with just enough street smarts to know a second chance when he sees one.

He was brought to the shelter covered in wounds and filth. Staff couldn't touch him. He hissed and growled. Trust is likely the first thing to go when you live on the street.

His cage was placed in a small ward with the door open, an opportunity for cultivating exercise and people skills. Last week CAHS discovered that Atlas wasn't as prickly as he seemed. They found Ollie and Atlas curled up in his cage, fast asleep. Since then Atlas has discarded his fierce facade and now loves to be petted and fussed over. He watches Ollie with care.

Were they bunk mates in the Dumpster? Is Atlas Ollie's deadbeat dad, now making amends? (Ollie has markedly improved since befriending Atlas.) Either way they're both sweet and loving creatures. They deserve more than harsh nights and a trash bin for shelter.


  1. Hi Mark,
    NIce blog for the shelter. Feel free to grab any photos from Caturday.com. Just posted some new ones of shelter residents.

  2. I love your pictures. They're perceptive and persuasive. If I could measure the size of my home in acres, rather than square feet, I'd take them all home.

  3. What a sweet story. We are so glad that Atlas is improving. Atlas and Ollie look so happy together, we hopes they find a safe loving forever home together. It would be too sad to separate them. ~Socks, Scylla, Charybdis & Fenris