From Feral to Family

My Story, by Heinz the Cat

They named me Heinz 57 'cause I was the 57th cat at the Feral Cat Clinic.

They named me Heinz57 ’cause I was the 57th cat at the Feral Cat Clinic.

My name is Heinz57.  As you can see, I’m a cat.

It happens all too often with pets sometimes—one minute we’re curled up—all happy and warm—in our family’s house, but out on street and homeless the next.  And that’s what happened to me.

My friends at the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) took in over 3,200 homeless cats and dogs so far this year—and, let me tell you, there’s a lot more out there.

I’m a social guy and managed to make some acquaintances with a few feral cats in Boston, but let’s face it, life for a homeless animal is still pretty bleak even when you have friends.  There’s not enough to eat or drink; you never know what the weather is going to throw at you; and the streets can be a rough place for a house cat like me.

Just when I had given up all hope, I walked into a humane trap that had been set up by ARL volunteers as part of its Fix-a-Feral clinic, a humane approach to managing the size and health of urban feral colonies.

Luckily for me, the ARL’s Fix-a-Feral program assesses every cat that comes in to find the “friendlies,” cats like me who have adoption potential.  Talk about dedication—I came in with over 60 other cats that day and they spent time with each of us!

While I can’t say the same for everyone in my group, I turned on the charm and moved into the adoption center that same day.  A warm clean bed, good meals and a lot of love and attention…now this was the life!  Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I went to stay at the Brewster adoption center in a group housing area just for cats where I had plenty of room to explore and make friends.

Best news yet, I quickly found a home where they totally love me. That’s me up there with my mom!


Why the ARL is Awesome for Animals

Feral Cat Video

Every Cat is An Individual

The ARL gets my paw of approval for its commitment to treating every animal as an individual.

When my friends and I came in during the fix-a-feral clinic, the people who work at the ARL didn’t assume we were all looking to avoid human contact.

They are always thinking about how to help each of us live happier and healthier lives!  

Helping Animals, People, and Communities

Helping Animals, People, and Communities 

The ARL’s founder Anna Harris Smith once wrote that getting dogs and cats off the street is work worth doing, the teaching of thoughtful kindness is the work that changes families, communities, and a nation. 

I'd love to have you read more about what the ARL does to help animals like me :), people, and communities in humane and compassionate ways: