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A Tia's Place Story - Buddy's Best Christmas Surprise Ever

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BuddyCockerBlogBuddy, an exceptionally sweet elderly Cocker Spaniel mix, is having a very Merry Christmas Eve.  He just heard the news that he and his two kitty pals, Ying and Kammer, who have all been together for 10 years, will get to go home to their mom on Tuesday.  They have been separated since November when their mom had to flee a domestic abuse situation that was putting her and her pets in grave danger.  She was facing eviction as well.  The domestic abuse shelter would not accept pets, so Buddy and his cat pals went to a city animal shelter where their mom thought they would be safe.  Unfortunately, she soon received a call saying they were no longer welcome.  They would either be adopted to other families or euthanized. 

Euthanized would have been the most likely scenario

at their ages and at a shelter where only 50% of cats survive.  She was completely panic stricken until

she heard of HUA's Tia's Place program for animals of people fleeing domestic abuse.  She sobbed as she heard the news that HUA would take in Buddy and her two precious cats with no threat of danger to them.  Her animals were all she had left in the world, all she cared about.  She could not bear the thought of losing them.  They were her only reason for holding out hope and struggling so hard to rebuild her life.  Being reunited with them was all that mattered.


When HUA rescuers went to pick the animals up from the city shelter, one of the cats was very agitated and could not be touched.  Neither cat was eating well and poor Buddy had not eaten at all in days.  They were sad, lonely and afraid.  When they arrived at HUA, Kammer and Ying were instantly soothed by caregivers Rachel and Kellie who adore cats.  They were given cozy cat caves where they were able to snuggle together for comfort, were presented with the very best soft food and a quiet place to unwind.  They purred with gratitude as they were stroked and comforted.  Buddy was welcomed into Central Care of the Homeward Bound building where he pals around with the humans and plays with toys all day.  He and his cat friends get to visit each other several times a day, and they send video and photo messages to their mom so that she doesn't worry about them.  Buddy's caregivers have been baking him chicken and hand feeding it to him.  He thinks the service has been fabulous, however, he and his friends are very ready to be home with their mom.  She just called this morning with the good news that she has obtained a job and a townhome with a fenced yard.  She has already purchased some toys and treats and cannot wait to be reunited on Tuesday.  HUA caregivers will take Buddy to the veterinarian on Monday for a checkup and dental so that he can dive into his tasty new treats when he arrives home and have fresh breath to give his mom kisses.  Buddy says, "How far away is Tuesday?"  We are telling him not far Buddy, not far away at all.


We aren't typically able to share Tia's Place stories, but Buddy, Kammer and Ying's mom wished for us to share their story in hopes it will help other families in similar situations.  She was gutted at the thought of losing her best and dearest longtime friends and is so grateful for the assistance that saved their lives, and quite possibly hers.



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