When there’s nowhere else to go

Crooked Leg Ranch is often the last stop for many rescued animals

Puff enjoys relaxing next to her blind friend Olive.

What to do with an animal when its owner dies?

That was the question surrounding Puff after her owner succumbed to cancer.

The family were reluctant to surrender the cat but no one was able to take her in. Puff was 16 years old at the time.

Of course the team at Crooked Leg Ranch would take Puff in.

After being checked out, she became a foster among others at Christy Wheeler’s house.

The plan was to eventually send her to Vancouver because there is a much greater chance at adoption on the coast. When the time neared for the big move, Christy’s partner, Glen, couldn’t bear the thought of sending Puff away. Thus, Puff stayed right where she was and became a Wheeler.

She is a long haired tortoise shell cat with a personality to match. She easily settled in with the other animals and showed no fear of Ripley the rottweiler.

Puff likes to lay in the sunshine, soak in the cuddles and patrol her kingdom.

But, one afternoon, she just disappeared. Was she the victim of an attack?  Christy and Glen kept looking.

Three days later, Puff was found along the Nazko highway, about 2 km from home.

It was thought she became confused, wandered away and just kept going.  Happily, she was well and glad to be rescued, again!

Christy reports that she is not receiving any special treatment, just good food. Puff is now 19 years old and is still a happy cat.

If you are interested in fostering or adopting and animal, contact: www.facebook.crookedlegranch.com or email info@crookedlegranch.com

Liz-Ann Eyford is a volunteer with Crooked Leg Ranch.

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