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Gabby – In Memory

History

Gabby is a female Bengal cat who came to The Wildcat Sanctuary in 2018. She was ten years old at the time. We were in the middle of rescuing seven lions from Argentina when the call came in about little Gabby.

We’ve heard this story countless times before. Gabby had been returned twice to an out-of-state, domestic animal shelter after coming to them from another overcrowded shelter. She’d been bounced from place to place, home to home. And they wanted better for her.

Why was she returned so many times? Because Gabby is like so many Bengals. She doesn’t use a litter box.  

People buy Bengals for their wild looks, but can’t tolerate their wild instincts. But to us, these cats are just as important as the big cats we rescue. They deserve a home for life, too.

Life at the Sanctuary

We’re one of the few sanctuaries in the country that will take in these cats stuck between two worlds. Breeders sell them as domestic cats. But so often, their wild behaviors lead them to being surrendered – just like Gabby. 

Learn more about hybrid cats and why we do NOT support breeding them. 

But, as we knew she would, she blossomed when she was given the chance to live wild at heart with others of her own kind in the Hybrid Haven section of our sanctuary.

Today, she shares a habitat with other hybrids and loves being able to spend her days outside or even snuggled up inside in her bungalow. We hate to think what might’ve happened had we not stepped up to provide another chance at life for Gabby.

How You Can Help

Caring for a wild cat for life – even a small hybrid like Gabby – can be quite expensive. Hybrids usually come to us with special needs, genetic and/or medical issues due to their breeding.

Our sponsorship program helps support the cats’ care costs and allows you to form a special bond with them. Would you consider becoming Gabby’s sponsor parent?

Or even a one time donation toward her care would be so appreciated. It’s easy to do using the buttons at the top of this page.

Thank you for caring about the little wild ones, too!

Updates

In Memory

We had to say good-bye to our very vocal girl 12-year-old Gabby.  She was being treated for a very severe urinary tract infection and our vets found that it had caused irreversible damage to her kidneys and bladder wall.

Her unexpected loss came just hours after saying good-bye to Nikita. We didn’t know if our hearts could take anymore.

We find peace in knowing Gabby spent the last week inside the Animal Care Office getting so much love an attention from all her caretakers.  We know that is how she would have requested her last days.

Gabby arrived in 2018 after being returned twice to an out-of-state, domestic animal shelter after coming to them from another overcrowded shelter. She’d been bounced from place to place, home to home because she urinated outside the litter box.

She came with her name which we found to be quite fitting giving she loved to talk, talk and talk.  Because she had a big voice, in a small, sweet body, we knew just the perfect bungalow for her, with Ty our big Chausie.

Ty had lost his love interest years earlier.  Her name was Luna Tunes and she was just as vocal as Gabby and just as small.  It was a match made in heaven.

We know both Luna and Gabby are looking over Ty. And we are so thankful that Gabby allowed us to look over her.  She was a gentle girl that loved human affection. She preferred that one of her caretaker’s sit with her during meal time.  That was the only time Gabby was quiet.

Volunteers working onsite remember Gabby fondly because she would greet them with her voice as soon as she could see them, even if they were 100 feet away.

Gabby might have been small, but her voice and personality filled our hearts.  Gabby, you will be missed.  You are now at a place your voice will always be heard.

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