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Rachel is a young F4 Savannah cat who arrived with her sisters Phoebe and Monica in September of 2020. At the time, they were thought to be about 10-12 months old.

The three girls had been removed from a backyard breeder. We were contacted about being a possible forever home for them since we’re one of the few sanctuaries in the country to take hybrids like these in.

They were extremely unsocialized and considered feral. Sadly, a home environment wouldn’t be possible for them. These little hybrids are just as important as a big cat in need. But for them, there are very few options. We can only imagine how many are simply euthanized for being the cats they were bred to be.

We weren’t sure if they’d ever want human contact or if they’d always need their own quiet, peaceful space. Caretakers started working with them right away in terms of gaining their trust.

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

Life at the Sanctuary

We’d built a new Bungalow habitat for them in the Hybrid Haven section of our sanctuary where they’d have free access to a dynamic outdoor space, something they’d never had before.

As time went on, we realized Rachel might be happier not living with sisters Monica and Phoebe since they tended to leave her out. So, we tried merging her with another cat, but there was no friendship there.

Then, when we rescued two male bengals Axel and DJ, who were very timid and afraid of people, we thought her company might help them. And it certainly did!

Since the three would hide whenever humans approached, we set up a trail cam and were thrilled to see them all sharing the same perch!

And what a difference living with them was for Rachel. She went from being the most afraid and timid cat, then blossoming into the most confident one. She loves being outside and is brave enough to come up for treats now.

Rachel needed to be an anchor for Axel and DJ and the result was three very content cats living together, something that was so heartwarming to see.

Later, we decided Rachel might also enjoy living with two other male cats, Ledger and Merlin. That merger also went well. All in all, she’s having quite the life here at the sanctuary, just like she deserves.

How You Can Help

Caring for a wild cat for life – even a small hybrid like Rachel – 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 Rachel’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!