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(That'll do Pig)
Babe is blind, and has been since birth. Found abandoned, she was brought into an animal hospital to be euthanized but was so healthy she was sent into foster as a bottle baby instead. Babe does not know that she is blind, and you know what they say, what you don't know can't hurt you! Well, Babe is certainly not bothered about anything. She has super-senses like hearing, touch, and smell, and she uses them to make up for her lack of sight. We believe she can see the difference between light and dark, and if she can see shadows at all, they are very vague. She does play with toys - her favorite ones make noise like crinkly foil balls, or something like a catnip-scented motion-activated squeaky mouse would please her to no end.
Babe finds transitioning to a home with other animals difficult. Since she cannot see the other animals, she gets upset by their obvious sudden presence. We found that when you go to pick her up in this instance, she doesn't know who is picking her up - you, or the strange animal, and this creates a precarious situation for all involved, one better to be avoided. So for this reason we suggest Babe go to a home without other animals. Babe deserves a home where she can relax and explore and learn about everything at her own pace, in a stress-free environment.
Babe is a neat and tidy kitty who always uses a litter box. She should be confined in one room until she recognizes it by scent before she is given free reign of a house. She likes to cuddle with her humans once she is finished exploring. She may make the occasional mistake such as scrambling up your leg to get to your lap (she doesn't know you're not a couch), so a little understanding and patience would be welcome.
Babe will need her eyes wiped almost daily with a warm damp cloth. Like some dogs, her eye drainage ducts are deformed which cause a minor discharge from the eye. She simply thinks you are mom washing her face - she enjoys this.
Babe is currently available at the Batavia Petco.
Here is the adoption process:
You must come to the Shelter to complete an application which is reviewed right away. If everything is okay you can meet any of the animals. All animals are $40, if they are not spay or neuter, there is a $35 refundable deposit that is returned upon proof of surgery.
If Volunteers For Animals spayed or neutered the animal, we are suggesting adopters make a donation of $35 to help with the cost of the surgery which is significantly less than if you had to go to a vet. All of that donation will go directly towards spaying and neutering the next animal we take into the Shelter. You will be helping to "Spay it Forward" and reduce the homeless pet population.
We only accept cash or checks. Please bring a carrier for cats to go home in or you can purchase a nice cardboard carrier for $5 from us. If you live in Genesee County, all dogs must be licensed before they leave the Shelter which is done through your city/town clerk's office (typically M-F 9-5). Please bring a leash when you pick up your new friend. Our adoption hours are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 1-3; Wednesday 7-9 and Saturday 11-1.
If the cat or kitten is at Petco, you can go in anytime during Petco's store hours to complete an application and see the cat or kitten. Once a day a volunteer stops into the store to review applications and will call you with questions or let you know the adoption is approved. You can return to the store anytime to pay the adoption fee and pick up the cat or kitten. The adoption fee is $40, cash or check, and the animal must leave in a carrier.
Thank you for considering a homeless animal.