Community cats are incredibly adept when it comes to finding a warm, safe place to escape the elements.
While Bagel, a 3-year-old now former community cat, had found the comfort and safety of a storm drain in Fall River, it was the compassion of his feeder who took it upon themselves to contact the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Field Services Department – just days before a historic blizzard descended upon the region.
During his time living in the storm drain, he was constantly monitored and fed by a Good Samaritan while he was roaming a nearby grocery store parking lot. Upon arrival at ARL’s Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center, Bagel made up for lost time, eating everything in sight and relaxing in his nice, warm bedding.
Bagel began interacting with ARL staff and volunteers fairly quickly, meowing for attention, purring, and accepting pets and treats, making it clear that he was friendly and would thrive if given the chance to find and family and a home of his own.
Despite his friendly demeanor, Bagel did have signs of living on his own for a period of time and was also involved in an altercation or two with another cat at some point.
Along with dental disease, Bagel had several teeth that were fractured and needed to be extracted.
Additionally, he had conjunctivitis, and also tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), which is spread by bite wounds between cats, but cannot be transmitted to people.
Ready to Go Home
**Update 2/2/22: Bagel has been adopted!**
After extensive dental work and being neutered, Bagel has recovered and is now looking for his new home!
For more information about Bagel and how to inquire about adoption, click here!
ARL’s Community Cat Program
It is estimated that there are more than 700,000 community cats throughout Massachusetts, 70,000 in Boston alone.
Community cats face many challenges living outdoors. Without proper shelter and care, they are at risk of illness and injury.
Additionally, without spay/neuter surgery, these cats can produce many litters and continue the cycle of large colonies of unowned cats.
ARL’s Community Cat Program tackles this issue by working with individuals who take it upon themselves to feed and monitor these animals, as well as animal control officers to assess a colony and formulate a TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) plan.
Spay and neuter surgeries are low risk and proven to improve the safety and health of these cats as well as the community as a whole. The plan also includes vaccines, and whether each cat will be returned to the colony, returned to their owner if microchipped, or admitted to an ARL shelter to be put up for adoption if they are friendly, just like Bagel.
For more information about ARL’s Community Cat Program, click here!