Hello all – Don here with Jack, one of Hope for Romanian Strays’s happy tails cats.
Don: Hello Jack, thank you for taking the time to talk to us today. Could you perhaps start by telling us a little about your younger days and how it is that ended up with Hope for Romanian Strays?
Jack: Hmmm where should I start? I was just a tiny baby when I first met my foster mom Aniela, in the house were I was born. At that time she was not yet part of an organisation, she was just a lady who was trying to help another lady. Our mom at that time mixed things up and her so called love for animals was soon transformed into a big problem. She did not have my parents “done” and soon the number of us grew and grew and she was unable to take care of so many souls. Without proper veterinary care and food, most of my cousins died there but our generation was lucky to survive because our rescue mom Aniela understood the problem and she started our veterinary treatments straight away. To give you a general idea of how difficult that was let me tell you that we were over 40 kitties in only one room and only half of us survived, the newborns dying one by one. Only 3 of the little babies at that time survived and those are lucky indeed because Bitza and Smokey got adopted and Picky is still with mom Aniela.
Don: Gosh – that’s quite some story! But you have now found not one but two forever homes?! I hear you had one family adopt you but you were so popular that a visiting family decided they wanted to take you with them. Is this true?!
Jack: Because she loves us all and she wants us to be happy mom Aniela did her best to promote us all for adoption. Petry found me on a Romanian site and she decided suddenly to adopt me for her mom, who recently lost one tomcat that she loved and spoiled. Everything was ok but when I arrived at the new place I found there was already kitty there, so I was a little bit shocked because I thought I was going to be the only kitty there. They told me that the kitty is also a rescue and that she will leave soon for a new home in Italy, were the sister of my new Romanian mom is living, but no, I didn’t wanted to listen to that! During this time, the Italian family who wanted to adopt the kitty heard about my adoption in Romania and they had a chat with my new Romanian mom until they all agreed: the other rescue kitty will remain with my Romanian mom because they love each other already and they can’t be seperated. I meanwhile will travel to Italy with my new family, who came all the way from Italy to pick me up – if you can believe it!
Don: Oh my cat you are moving to Italy then? Well that should be lovely. Are you excited about becoming an Italian kitty then?
Jack: Oh yes I am. I hear they have fabulous ham over there and are real foodies so I am looking forward to some great nosh. After my early days where there were so many of us around the food bowls it will be great to have my own bowl – but especially if it is full of Italian delicatessen!
Don: Now of course you were not always called Jack were you?
Jack: No you are right – I was actually originally called Beau. Whilst that was a lovely name (and I am a very handsome kitty so it did suit me) I felt that as I was moving to Italy I needed a name that added a certain amount of gravitas but would also distinguish me a bit more from the local Italian cats. My new family suggested Jack which I think has a slight debonair yet serious ring to it – perfect for my new life I think.
Don: Yes Jack certainly is a great name. Now one final question which I just have to ask – how do you feel as a boy kitty having a rather girly pink collar?
Jack: Oh Don I knew you would ask that! It is actually quite funny because a few people have commented on my collar but I have a couple of answers for you. Firstly of course there is the fact that my little sister, now your sister, Baby, is wearing a blue collar which makes me feel that the male female colour thing really is no longer quite so relevant. The other reason is that as I am off to a very style conscious country I really needed to look very with it and fashionable and pink is this season’s must-wear colour for collars. I think I look quite dashing in pink – don’t you think?
Don: Indeed you do Jack! Well that’s it from me – thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me today. Do you have any final words you would like to share?
Jack: Thank you Don and thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my story. I would like to also say a massive thank you to Hope for Romanian Strays for rescuing me and then for finding me a forever home. Without them I would be out on the streets now and possibly even dead. They do such a good job and are in fact still looking after 15 other cats – some of them my brothers and sisters – and are trying really hard to find them good forever homes too. Maybe someone reading this interview would like to give one of them a home – or at least contribute to their upkeep until they find a home? That really would be great!