Sanctuary Kritters


Sometimes animals come into rescue and, for various reasons, may not be good candidates for adoption to the general public.  They may have health or behaviour issues.  Just like with humans, some animals are more challenging than others, but they are equally as deserving of love, care, and respect.  We do not want to give up on them.  When possible, Kat’s Kritters Rescue will offer permanent sanctuary to unadoptable animals in our care, meaning we will take responsibility for their care either here at the main rescue location, or in a permanent foster situation, for the duration of their lives.  SOME of these Kritters will be considered for adoption in very specific situations and to adopters with the required experience to handle them.  The following Kritters currently are in permanent care of the rescue.  Our Sanctuary Kritters still need your help!  Please consider sponsoring or donating towards their care!

Rocky

Rocky came to KKR in late 2014. He was transferred in from a shelter due to being unadoptable and not doing well in the shelter environment. Rocky was abused at his original home and as a result has developed some issues, especially with men. While Rocky has come far during his time at KKR, his reactivity and anxiety in new situations and when meeting new people has been hard for him to overcome. Unfortunately, many people are attracted to Rocky’s size and look and seem uninterested in putting in the work and using the caution that would be required to keep Rocky, and any people, safe. In order to ensure Rocky does not get set up to fail, it has been decided that he will remain a permanent ward of KKR, unless that perfect situation ever arises for him in the future where he can be homed to an experienced, committed owner.

Juno, Paprika, Nutmeg, Merlin, Jack, Munster, Sookie

These kitties were all either long-term residents that had not been able to find an adoptive home, or they are feral/semi-feral/unsocialized and were not doing well in the shelter environment.  In 2018, this beautiful group of cats were moved to a permanent foster situation, together, where they are doing great!  These cats deserved a chance at life, and we are grateful to their foster for opening up their home/property to care for these cats and give them a chance to thrive!

Boots

Boots is a senior, front paw declawed kitty that will retire here at the rescue, where he will be safe and receiving quality care. His lifelong owner passed away and Boots moved in with a family member. Unfortunately, he didn’t handle the transition well, and the family member scheduled him for euthanasia. The vet clinic recognized that Boots still had lots of life left, and contacted the rescue in hopes we would be able to help. Boots came into rescue thin and with a large mass on his chest. He also desperately needed a dental. He has some discomfort from the amputation (declaw). It took some time (a few months) for Boots to start eating regularly and maintaining his weight, but he has finally settled in and is doing well. He is a friendly, sweet old boy. Rather than put Boots through yet another transition at this stage of his life, it was decided that he will remain at the rescue permanently.

Rocky Blue Eyes

Rocky Blue Eyes originally came into rescue in April 2018 as a transfer from another organization. While I don’t know the circumstances of how he came to find himself there, I do know he hails from Churchill and that he was underweight with numerous skin lesions when he first entered the care of the other organization. He received excellent care there and was adopted, but escaped from his new owners and, because of his skittishness, needed to be live trapped and ended up back at the shelter.  

When Rocky first came to Kat’s Kritters, I wondered what I had gotten myself into. He was a hyper, very nervous dog. I didn’t dare risk having him off leash, but trying to walk him was like trying to walk a mad bull!  He repeatedly would run the full length of the leash, and more than once I thought my shoulder would be dislocated! Trying to tether him was impossible. He would run to the end of the tether and snap himself backwards, over and over. I feared he would break his neck, so no more tethers. I left a leash attached, even in the house, so I could get close enough if needed, since he was nervous of anyone reaching towards him. Those leashes were chewed off each and every time! I was (and continue to be) amazed at how he manages to “lose” his collars as well. In the fenced area, the first night and day, Rocky paced the area nonstop, looking for an escape route. Once he decided I was a safe person, he went from wanting to escape to not wanting me out of his sight. He learned to jump the gates in the house and destroyed some walls and the banister with his attempts to know where I was at all times. 

Slowly, but surely, he started to settle. He LOVES the other dogs, and by seeing that they trusted me, he began to do so too. It took some time, but he now actively seeks attention, although he is a weird one and has certain spots in the house or yard he consider “safe zones” such as the staircase to the basement. He will sometimes jump the gate at the top of the stairs if he knows I’m down there and will wait on the steps for me. Then he will give me a light smack with his paw to let me know he would like a chest or belly scratch. If I stop before he has had enough, the paw smacks continue. While normally a behaviour I would discourage, for a dog like Rocky, it is a big deal for him to actively seek that attention so I give it to him when he asks 🙂 He now loves being brushed and petted (at his request). When loose on the property, he regularly checks in with me and sometimes will follow along right beside me or so close behind that if I were to stop, he would run right into me. Sometimes he will quickly nudge me with his nose and then jump away when I look at him. A fun game for him! He loves to swim in the pond, hunt for mice, harass his dog friends (his play style is not the most elegant), and otherwise live his life free of pressure.

Rocky still has some of his feral dog behaviours, and is a work in progress. He is still skittish and does not trust being approached or reached towards. He has taught me patience. If I need him, I must sit and wait for his approach. He will jump away, or move out of reach if anyone tries to get too close. If I get frustrated, he knows it and any chance of getting near is lost. If he is loose in the yard, he will only come back inside through one particular gate, never through the doorway to the house or garage. If coming into the house from the fenced yard, he will not enter through an open door. I need to close the door and then he will happily come in through the doggy door. Rushing or forcing anything with Rocky can cause a setback in the trust we have established. He eats like a wild animal, opening his mouth as wide as he can and gulping his food down. His tail is tucked the entire time and he is on full alert. If I move towards him while he’s eating, or any noise occurs, such as a bowl clanging, he is gone like a shot. Attempts to help him be more comfortable at mealtime is a work in progress as he is scared to eat from a slow feeder or anything “different”. 

He still hates confinement, although generally his escape attempts are simply because he feels he is missing out on something and wants to be with me or the other dogs. When he escapes, it is no longer done in panic. In the winter he would jump over the fence, and now in summer he works hard to dig his way under. He is always very proud of his accomplishments! Thankfully, he has shown no interest in leaving the property and always comes back in (when he is ready). He is a unique guy. He “screams” when he is overexcited or unsure – when new dogs or people are around. The sounds this dog can make still catch me off guard sometimes, and I know when someone is here that has never heard him before they think something horrible is happening. I’m forever reassuring people that he is fine, just weird 😉

Rocky and I have come a long way together. He is a dog that truly has found his peace here and is one of very few dogs that I can’t imagine adapting to a traditional home life. Knowing how long it has taken for us to make the strides we have, the thought of making him start over elsewhere…it would not be in his best interests. 

So, Rocky Blue Eyes does not need to be uprooted yet again. He will stay in the care of the rescue and live his life free of fear and stress as part of the “pack” he now considers family. He has found sanctuary here. He is safe and he is loved, quirks and all. 

SETH

Here’s Seth’s story. Seth was the first dog to come into rescue at the new location, back in 2016. He came in as an unclaimed stray so his history is unknown, but it is safe to say he had not had a great life prior. He was thin, covered in old scars, had a large hernia, and several broken teeth. He was selectively dog aggressive, which I have worked extremely hard on and I can now say that Seth is one of the most social dogs here. He does still have aggression towards cats and will never be able to be safely around them. He is very difficult to confine and gets stressed when his freedom is compromised. He jumps the fence, numerous times a day (he will also jump back in), and if not locked in the house when anyone comes, he will quickly scale the fence so that he can run to the end of the lane to guide any vehicles into the yard. Seth is a goofy dog, full of character. He loves peeing on things, sometimes not even waiting until a vehicle has stopped moving before peeing on the tires! I warn everyone that setting anything on the ground almost guarantees it will get peed on! He is beyond happy here. The freedom of country life so that he can express natural behaviour – exploring, digging, swimming, hunting rodents has helped him to thrive and would be difficult to safely replicate elsewhere.