Kitty, yes that is her name, is a very lucky cat! For fifteen years she had been living a life of comfort and enjoying RV trips with her family. Her life suddenly changed one day while the family was staying at the Sand Creek RV Park in Torrey. Kitty decided to go for a walk and got lost! Many people helped search for her for two weeks, including her parents who extended their stay in the area in hopes of recovering her, to no avail. With heavy hearts, her family had to return to their home in Arkansas without her.
For the next four months there were occasional sightings of her and CCAW never gave up the search. She was spotted, reports came in, and we tracked her all through town setting humane traps in efforts to get her home. She was seen many times and we were assisted by friends and local businesses including Anna, Leslie and Harry at Sand Creek RV, Nancy, her entire family, and staff at Hunt and Gather, Sherri, Mike and their crew at Chuck Wagon as well as so many others whose hearts went out to the poor little girl! She managed to somehow survive in the wild which is a miracle for a 15-year-old house cat. Kitty braved desert heat, cold nights, monsoonal rains and flooding as well as managed to avoid raptors, coyotes, mountain lions and other predators by herself for nearly four months. CCAW staff never lost hope nor gave up the search and our efforts paid off. Kitty was eventually trapped with the help of some graciously donated fish scraps from Hunt and Gather and brought into the facility in late September where she quickly stole all our hearts!
Despite having lost nearly 8 of her 11 lbs., Kitty was the sweetest, most lovable girl imaginable. While staff was busy pulling half a desert’s worth of burrs out of her beautiful long hair, this little purr monster never flinched or protested. We immediately got her a Vet check-up, contacted her parents, and made sure she had the most comfortable, loving stay with us while her family made the trek across the country to be reunited with her. Lots of hugs and joyful tears were shed that late night in October when Kitty’s family was finally made whole again at our facility here in Torrey. CCAW will always put forth the same passion in effort to do all we can for the animals we serve and their loving humans here in our little piece of paradise.