Well, we’ve seen Jerry grow up from a suckling to an 11-week-old adolescent, we’ve been with him when he lost his testicles, and today he was formally adopted.
Yesterday Jerry Coyne the Cat flew to the south island of New Zealand, and this morning was transferred to his new home. Gayle Ferguson, his Rescuer (and Rescuer of Four Other Kittens), drugged the little guy before his flight to calm him down, flew with him to Christchurch, where her parents live, and spent one afternoon cuddling and saying goodbye to the little guy before handing him off.
This morning Jerry went to his Forever Home to join the family of a colleague of Gayle who also has another cat. Gayle documented the whole process with both photos and videos (below). The indented words are hers.
Getting ready to leave for the airport
Hoover taunts the captive
About to go…
Checking in. Finally, after ten minutes heated argument with Air New Zealand. Top Tip: if you ever take a pet on the plane, print out a copy of Air NZ’s cage requirements and bring it along to the airport to show the desk wench when you check in…
Arriving in Christchurch (no, they didn’t actually send him out on the conveyor belt…)
Arriving at the half-way house:
Jerry, relaxing at the half-way-house in Christchurch
And I got these items this morning:
My last cuddly afternoon with little Jerry.
A video called “Last purrs with Jerry”, before he was taken to his new home:
Jerry’s new step-brother, Luka
Luka doesn’t look overly friendly!!
And here’s a video of Jerry exploring his new home. There are chickens, and of course Gayle worried—you can hear it on the video—that Jerry will get pecked. But it sounds as if his new owners will at least call him “Jerry,” if not “Jerry Coyne.”
I asked Gayle if Jerry was hiding in his new home. Her response:
He’s just a bit overwhelmed with all the new people and places in the last day and a half, so he tends to hide under couches and other furniture where he feels safe. Yes, that’s his new home. He didn’t hide the whole time I was there; he did some exploring and even a little bit of playing. His new brother hissed at him and was then put outside. Luka is apparently a laid-back cat and so they will probably eventually be fine together. I have a video of him at his new home but haven’t uploaded it yet. He spent a lot of time sleeping on top of me today and purring. I miss him terribly.
Good luck, my little namesake. Have a wonderful life—onward and upward! And watch out for those chickens!
And of course many kudos to Gayle for the enormous effort of saving Jerry and his Four Sisters, as well as for keeping us up to date on their fates (two females have yet to be adopted).