COURAGEOUS CATS is a non-profit 501c3 run by volunteers

THE STORY OF COURAGEOUS by MARIA CAPOZZI GROSS*


I first met Courageous in 1996 when I was working at an animal hospital in Greenvale. A very nice woman brought him in. She had trapped him in her condo development & wanted to have him neutered. I remember it was in the winter so she also paid to have him boarded till the weather got nicer.  Poor guy was terrified, he was in fact feral. He was kept in large cage but every day when we had to clean his cage it was an ordeal.  I think it was love at first sight with him, I spoke to him often telling him when I get my first apartment I would take him. The day finally came. I settled into my first apartment in Levittown & after moving all my other kitties in I set up a cage for Courageous & brought him home. I remember him crying in the cage - it broke my heart. I let him out & I think he lived under my bed for weeks. My other cats welcomed him & I would catch a glimpse of him at night walking around. I moved several times & each time it was an ordeal to catch him but it all worked out. I even remember one time taking him on vacation with me out east to Aquabogue. He had a great time looking out the screen door at the ocean, but on the day it came to leave we couldn’t get him out from under the platform bed. My brother had to take the bed apart to get him out. Courageous was always a scared boy but in time he learned to trust. He would not allow you to pick him up but his most favorite thing was to sit behind me on the couch. I called him my ‘purring pillow’. I never had any idea how old he was but he aged well. He never had any serious medical problems besides herpes in his eyes & constant runny nose but he was a tough street cat on the outside & a big mush on the inside. He was with me for 10 glorious years. The last few months were tough, he had cancer & it was very difficult to watch my big tough guy deteriorate. He kept eating till the end & passed away on March 7, 2006 . It was very sad losing my boy but I promised him that in his memory other kitties would get the chance he got at being loved. So in 2007 ‘Courageous Cats Rescue/Adoption’ was born. 

 

Our goal is to improve the lives of feral cats.  Through TNR ( trap neuter return/rehabilitate) we give feral cats a chance.  We trap cats & kittens with humane traps, bring them to vets to be spay/neutered, given vaccines, dewormed, & a check up. While they recover we evaluate them. If they show any signs of being friendly or approachable then we place them in foster care. We never claim to be experts at it, but sometimes you just have a feeling. Most have come around & have been put up for adoption, while a few others have not. Personally I have seen miracles with these terrified babies. My volunteers are amazing & I am honored to say we have our own ‘cat whisper’ on our team to work with the most challenging cats.


All our cats are vet checked including spay/neuter, vaccinated, dewormed and healthy, therefore we do ask for a minimum $100.00 donation to cover these costs.These cats just need some extra TLC to become a cherished member of your family. We have an adoption center at the Petsmart in Valley Stream (4 West Circle, Valley Stream, NY 11581) and at Pet Valu (1596 Union Tpke, New Hyde Park, NY 11040).

The cats at the store are cared for by a dedicated group of volunteers. Our cats are usually in foster care before becoming available for adoption. Help is greatly appreciated in any way. Right now we are full, so we can no longer accept any additional cats. We are in desperate need of volunteers to help out at the store for 1 hour a week, to foster cats in their home, and to help out at adoption events.