Alvin is a one year old sweet, yet feisty, orange tabby male who is healthy and thriving. However, that isn’t how he came to Friends for Animals, a no kill shelter in Granbury, Texas.
Alvin, his mother and two other 3-4 week old siblings were stuffed into a small crate and illegally dumped in Friends for Animals’ parking lot in the Texas August heat after closing time. The shelter’s Director found them 12- 18 hours into their ordeal, overheated, undernourished and scared to death after being left near a busy highway near the parking lot.
As they began to care for Alvin and his family, they discovered the kittens all had a severe case of intestinal worms, ear mites, and upper respiratory infections. After several months of love, attention and medical care Alvin’s mother and siblings became healthy and were adopted. Alvin, on the other hand, while technically healthy, just didn’t seem to thrive. He was a scruffy little thing.
Lucky for him, he had come to a no kill facility where he has been given time to heal his body and allow his personality to blossom. As a result, today he is a healthy, active, fun-loving character. Sadly, though he is about a year old and still hasn’t found his forever home.
On the surface, Alvin’s story doesn’t seem very remarkable or headline grabbing in today’s world. However, that is precisely what makes it so horrific, as one long-time volunteer from Friends for Animals noted. Alvin’s story is a daily occurrence at shelters across this country. The normal is for many cats and kittens to come into shelters in bad medical and mental shape. One of the main messages from this story is the need for support from the public in the form of not only adoption of animals in need but also financial and manpower support of local animal shelters. Lucky for Alvin, he is three-quarters on the way to his happily ever after. All he needs now is a safe and loving family to call his own.
Friends for Animals is a very small shelter with a large heart and numerous great volunteers. Their finances come from fund-raisers and donations. They are a 501(c)(3), non-profit shelter and not supported by any county, state or government funds. They do offer an amazing cage free cat room that houses about 15 teen and adult cats. They also have a cage free kitten room for the babies. Additionally, they have a kitten foster parent that gives complete care to the orphans that are abandoned at the shelter. Their wonderful cats and kittens will stay at the shelter until each one finds their forever home.