Noodles was a very frightened, cold and wild kitten when she was found in November 2010 by the Penticton Fire Department, hiding and playing in car motors to keep warm in a mall parking lot. She was immediately rushed into the care of the BC SPCA South Okanagan/Similkameen Branch.
As Noodles was so timid, she was put into a foster home where she was given lots of attention and love to help socialize her. She adapted well to her foster family but had a hard time adjusting when she was returned to the shelter. Although she was very good around cats, she remained very fearful of people and didn’t want to be touched or looked at.
Fortunately, a caring lady, Denyse, was interested in adopting a hard to place cat and took a chance on Noodles. Through her patience and unconditional love, Noodles, now called Jazmin, came out of her kitty shell. She is now thriving in her new forever home where she gets lots of hugs and kisses from both her human guardian and feline sister, Mia.
Her guardian sent us this update, along with some adorable photos of Jazmin and her sister Mia:
When I decided to adopt Jazmin I was a bit worried that she would be so frightened that she would never come around. I had set up my spare bedroom for her so when we got home I put her in there and closed the door. I went in every hour or so to find her hiding under the bed scared to death.
That night I slept in the spare bed in her room and at around 3 am I felt someone jump on the bed. Her little motor started up and she let me pet her. She stayed on the bed most of the night so in the morning I opened the door. She came up to the kitchen on her own looking for some food. It took a couple of days for her new sister Mia to warm up to her and after that Jazmin came out more and more and now runs ahead of me all the time and flops down for her belly rub.
She sleeps in my lap when I watch TV, loves her little bed in the living room and likes to crawl under the covers with me at night sometimes. She and Mia love each other and play and run together a lot. They are indoor only so are safe.
They have lots of toys and room to run. I am so happy to have given her the happy loving home she deserves after such a rough beginning to her little life.
What a heartwarming story! A special thanks to both her foster parent, Sam Bell, and guardian, Denyse, for giving Jazmin the love and support she needed to become a confident kitty. We hope her story motivates others to consider adopting a shy shelter animal too.
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