Gigi - Rescued in November 2013 at 3 years old. Abandoned and neglected. Owner moved away and left her behind. Notoriously traumatized by abandonment. Depressed.
We saw Gigi hiding under some bushes but for days we couldn’t get close to her. We'd been bringing her water and food ever since we spotted her, and checking on her every day. For a few days she kept hiding in the same place but then she started roaming our neighbourhood. She was most probably looking for her family and her way back home.
We wanted so bad to take her in but she was constantly looking for “something” or “someone” so she kept roaming the streets day in and day out! She was kicked out from every single place.
She used to follow a teenage girl who would stop to feed her from time to time so we approached the girl to ask if she wanted to take Gigi with her to what she replied " I'd like to bring her in but my mom says she's a street cat, too dirty and probably full of fleas, so my mom doesn't want me to bring her home." We tried to explain she was not a "dirty street cat", that she was abandoned and now she just needed a good home and a warm bath but they were not interested in keeping her.
Gigi kept on roaming the streets out of hope until a few days later she finally gave up and accepted our help! We found her on the top of a car, looking very weak and desperate. She let us get closer this time, and so we calmed her down, grabbed her and took her in.
Last week we took Gigi to the vet to have her tested & spayed. Nothing could be done. We found out Gigi had been microchipped, however, owner’s contact info is outdated. Before we could do anything to help her (test her, spay her, etc), we had to file a report just in case someone was looking for her, but nobody was!
It seems her owner was a foreign woman who moved back to her country of origin leaving Gigi behind presumably on the way to the airport as she was found roaming the streets of a location nearby. To make matters worse, last Friday Gigi started to act a little strange… she was going into heat!
The good news is, we rescued her in the nick of time before she ended up pregnant ... So we could basically say that by rescuing her we have saved a few lives!
In January 2014, we could finally spay her! Due to her profound depression, low defences caused serious complications during spay surgery and we almost lost her. She spent 24 hours in the ICU and survived. After being released from the vet hospital, little by little with lots of love and TLC we nursed her back to health again.
It took her a year to settle and many more years to trust humans again, but Gigi finally made it. In our Sanctuary, Gigi has learned to trust again and here she has found a forever home, a place where she feels safe and loved again.