Ark Animal Sanctuary – Week of September 22, 2021

3 years ago

A few weeks ago, we received a phone call from a lady who had just trapped a kitten. When we arrived to get it we noticed that she had an injury to her hind end and to make matters worse she had maggots eating away at her flesh.  The kitten was also feral.

We knew this was not going to be an easy task. She was rushed to the vet where she was sedated, her wound was cleaned and stitched up and she came home on antibiotics.

Our volunteers named her “Sweet Pea” and that day was the beginning of a better life for her. Medicating her was no easy task but with each day things got a little easier. Sweet Pea began to trust, but that trust was not given to everyone. 

Sweet Pea is a feral kitten who was rescued by the Ark Animal Sanctuary. (Courtesy of Lorraine Monfils)

The next few weeks Sweet Pea spent time at my house. Every night we would sit on the couch and snuggle. She would settle in and even start purring and kneading. Sweet pea has physically healed and is beautiful. She is still very selective about who touches her and hisses at most  humans. Honestly I think she is just trying to intimidate people and I have to say it works.  She is still very much just a kitten, maybe 3-4 months old.

 Sweet Pea’s life up until now has been filled with pain, hunger and lack of trust. Being a feral cat is not the life she chose but the life she was born into. She knows no different, but we intend to change that. 

While our hopes for Sweet Pea are to find a home with lots of patience, love and understanding, we know that will not be easy. We are going to be very selective about where she will be placed. We have to know that she will have nothing but the best! For now we will continue to work with Sweet Pea and give her all of the love she deserves.

Thank you for your continued support and as always thank you for reading our column.

The Ark Animal Sanctuary is located on 101 Old Woodstock Road. To contact Lorraine Monfils call 532-7387 or check out their Facebook page.