I’m both pleased and saddened to report that the ginger tomkitten Jerry Coyne, fostered by reader Gayle Ferguson in New Zealand, has been adopted. I can’t reveal the details except to say that his future parent is a cat-lover well known to Gayle, and lives in Christchuch. His adoptive parent already has one neutered male cat, but has also built a huge, carpeted climbing apparatus for his cat which fills up much of the living room. That tells me that that Jerry will be well taken care of.
Gayle also reassures me that we will get updates and photos from time to time because she knows the adoptive parent (who lives in the same city where her parents live) and will no doubt visit Jerry in his new digs.
Since Gayle lives in Auckland, on the north island, she’ll have to fly with Jerry to his new home in Christchurch (on the south island) with Jerry temporarily sequestered in a cage. That is a measure of her dedication to these kittens. Here are some details she provided:
He won’t be leaving for a while yet, two weeks at the earliest. I need to fly down so I need to go when I can find cheap flights. There will be plenty more pictures. I still work with [name redacted] and so I’m sure it won’t be a problem to get updates. And I’ll be able to see Jerry whenever I go down to Christchurch. It’s going to be very hard for me to see these kittens go.
Jerry’s four sisters are still up for grabs, so if there are any Kiwi readers out there who would like a female kitten (three tabbies, one ginger cat), make your wishes known below.
I am enormously grateful to Gayle for her kindness in rearing five tiny abandoned kittens and finding them homes—that’s no easy job. And I understand how hard it will be to let them go to foster homes after you’ve reared them.
Don’t tell Jerry that he won’t have his testicles, either!
One further note that Gayle provided as a comment on yesterday’s post:
The rescue agency who are adopting them out are http://www.gutterkitties.co.nz. If you’d like to make a donation to help with the medical expenses for Jerry and his sisters, and for the care of all the other cats and kittens in their care, you can do this at http://www.gutterkitties.co.nz/Donate%20/%20Foster%20For%20Us