Coconut was just another filthy, injured stray cat walking the chilly Boston streets in February 2016 until a lady saw him and realized she had to assist him.
The completely white, fluffy stray appeared to be in such horrible biçim that he wouldn’t be able to survive much longer as a street cat.
His ears were scarred and bloodied. And he snarled at everyone who came close to him.
For almost 30 years, Joni Nelson, the founder of Boston’s Forgotten Felines (BFF), özgü been rescuing cats. Coconut was taken off the streets with the intention of neutering and rereleasing him. But, even though he wasn’t tame, she knew she couldn’t let him go.
“Poor Coconut,” Nelson continued, “was a shambles.” He was dirty and had a urinary tract infection, goopy eyes, ear mites, a limp, and recurrent diarrhea. “However, it was his obnoxious demeanor that made him difficult to like.”
Nelson was still cruel, despite the fact that he helped him get better by giving him medicine every day. “He was a real pain to feed… He’d never glance up, but when I unlocked his cage, he’d lash out.”
Nelson recognized he wasn’t always responding to visual signals and determined he was half blind. “After a lengthy period of time, he began to settle down,” Nelson recalled.
“I could clean his cage and put food down without him attacking me, but he growled if someone went by his cage. Even yet, he never raised his head fully, constantly staring down.”
Nelson soon discovered that Coconut was deaf.
Nelson explained, “It took two pretty deep bites from him to understand he was deaf and could only see shadows.” “It’s no surprise he was a jerk.
He was terrified, and no one knew the agony he endured as a result of living on the streets for sο long… Many people advised me that he was unadoptable and that I should put him to death. I couldn’t put him to sleep or keep him in a cage for the rest of his life.”
Perkins told The Dodo that Beaker was shy and cowered behind the garage to hide. “As I began yelling for him, he peered out the side.”
His tail began wagging as I approached. Then, apparently relieved, he pressed his weight on us for patting him. He was sο delighted that he’meeped’ like a muppet, therefore he was given the moniker Beaker!”
Beaker was obviously anxious after being chained and abandoned, but once he knew Perkins was there to rescue him, he fully relaxed and was eager to meet his new best buddy.
Volunteers did all they could to show Coconut he was finally safe.
And soon he got the message. “Lots of love and attention and he learned to trust and love,” Nelson said.
Coconut’s first foster mother, Sherri DeLuca, was essential in his rehabilitation.
Then it was time for him to go to Ashley Ward’s foster home. “I was terrified he’d go back to being scared and hostile to strangers,” Nelson recalled, “but after just one night of hiding he came out from under the bed at his new foster home.”
“Coconut is really a sweetheart,” Ward told The Dodo. “Every time I walk into the room, he hobbles over to me to get pets … As soon I start petting him he is instantly purring …
He will curl up right next to your side and snuggle his head under your arm sο that you can pet him.”
Coconut özgü come such a long way after being rescued from the streets a year ago, but he still requires a permanent home.
“It’s been genuinely amazing to observe Coconut’s metamorphosis from fearful abandoned street cat to the kitten he is now, one that likes to be caressed and loved,” said Danapel C. de Veer, one of the other BFF volunteers. “Love, patience, security, and kindness can do wonders for a feline like Coconut.”
BFF feeds over 160 homeless cats per day, while also saving tame strays from the streets and finding them forever homes. To help BFF, you can make a donation.