Rosita's mom posting here:
I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right forum, but hopefully there will be some advice for me here.
I work for the local animal shelter. When it gets really cold, we let a few of the friendlier strays stay in the back area of the building. We have three regulars. One of them is a cat named Huddle, who is quite special for a lot of reasons.
Last Saturday, Huddle was outside the shelter, and decided to crawl up into a car engine. We don't really know why, because it wasn't very cold out that afternoon.
He wasn't killed, but he was injured and he ran before anyone could catch him. Several of us searched for him for days, and I refused to believe he was dead.
A couple of days ago, he was spotted at a feral feeding station near the shelter. Again, he ran from us, and we can see that he is limping on one of his hind legs. I've seen him a couple of times since then. He used to come to my voice, but he's too scared at this point.
I'm now trying to trap him - I want to get him to a vet and see the extent of his injuries. Also, it's getting really cold here again and I want to get him inside. So far, he's not set foot into the trap. (Don't worry, it's checked often, and not left overnight, esp. in these temps)
I don't know if there is any advice except for patience, but if anyone has any wisdom or ideas to share, I'd love to hear it. As I said, he's pretty special, and I want to get him back to where he's loved and cared for.
Thanks in advance!