Yesterday we had the opportunity to visit this handsome boy and learn about his remarkable journey so far. Tonka first came through MEOW's doors in July 2018. He was discovered by locals in a parkade in the Southwest, where he had been living under cars for many weeks. Luckily, MEOW was contacted about this stressed and disheveled cat and managed to bring him to safety.
However, that didn't mark the end of Tonka's struggle. He found it difficult to adjust to life in the Adoption Centre, where he hissed at sudden movements and proved nervous around other cats. He remained here for eight months and despite everyone's best efforts, little changed. However, the MEOW team didn't want to give up on Tonka. In the right environment, we believed he could progress.
The miracle he needed came on meeting Jack and You-ree. Since these loving and patient foster parents took Tonka into their home, he has made a complete turnaround.
On the first day at their house, he hid in his litter box. Some of the team at MEOW recommended that Tonka be given his own room and Jack and You-ree took this advice on-board. According to You-ree, she entered the room very gently at first, ensuring to arrive with a treat or a toy so that he would learn to view her visits as positive. By day two, Tonka began to step outside of his safe zone and nestled into the bookshelf. Day three marked major progress as Tonka built up the courage to explore the house. This remarkable improvement was all down to Jack and You-ree's gentle and patient approach.
Several months later and Tonka is almost unrecognizable. While he is still somewhat shy with unfamiliar people, he has bonded with You-ree and is completely at ease in her company.
Tonka's physical appearance has also changed dramatically. When he first arrived, this stressed boy was losing fur on his hinds and tail. Look how healthy he is now!
There's so much more to know about Tonka. Stay tuned over the coming days as we continue his story!
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